Sunday, February 3, 2013

Heron's Head Park

Today, we went to a new park/trail with Evie called Heron's Head Park. The park is in the southern/waterfront of SF down near the Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhoods. 
 When we got out of the car, there was an big patch of grass and Evie went buckwild running. Erik caught some great pictures of her running around.

 Here she comes.........
 We learned some interesting history about this area:
Heron's Head Park was born in the early 1970s, when the Port began filling the bay to construct what was to be the Pier 98 shipping terminal. The terminal construction never materialized, and the peninsula remained undeveloped. Over years of settlement and exposure to the tides, a salt marsh emerged, attracting shorebirds, waterfowl and aquatic wildlife. In the late 1990s, with funding from the City and County of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Port, the California Coastal Conservancy and the San Francisco Bay Trail Project, the Port undertook a major renovation of Pier 98. The project enhanced and expanded the marsh by removing over 5,000 tons of concrete, asphalt, metal and other debris, created a tidal channel to improve circulation, and constructed upland trails, picnic and bird-viewing areas and a fishing pier. In 1999, the former Pier 98 officially reopened to the public as Heron's Head Park, named for its resemblance – when viewed from the air – to one of its residents: the Great Blue Heron. Heron's Head Park is now used for education and recreation by thousands of walkers, bird-watchers, students, and visitors from around the City and the Greater Bay area, and more than 100 bird species each year.

 Evie was very well behaved on our walk. She was very interested in all of the grass and new smells over any of the people or dogs there. 

 There were some alternate paths to take so we took one to get back to the car. Here's Evie happily trotting along. She was so happy to be there!
 Hmmmm looks like they do some bee keeping here!
 We went back to that main area and Evie ran around like crazy again. She was breathing heavy and sounding like an old car motor, so we knew she was done. haha

Here's a picture of her truly capturing the joy of her romp:

 Family Shot!

It felt great to be out in the sun and fresh air! 

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