On Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6 The John Marsh Historic Trust will be holding a pair of clean-up days at Marsh’s Stone House in the Marsh Creek State Park, and we hope you can help.
Several years ago, some failing brick walls inside the house were removed to re-enforce the building’s exterior walls. The bricks were placed on pallets in the front yard of the house, where they currently remain.
Although the final disposition of the bricks has not been decided, we have received permission from State Parks to move them from the front yard to the back to in order to make room for events, including our annual Heritage Day (Oct. 21 this year).
We have scheduled two days to do the work. On Friday, May 5, we will clean up the grass and weeds around the pallets and in the area to which they will be moved. The work will involve string trimmers, rakes, shovels and other hand tools.
On Saturday May 6, we will move the bricks. We will have a fork lift to do the heaviest work, but need some help placing new pallets on the ground, picking up loose bricks or bricks that fall off etc. Additional weed clearing will also be done.
Work on both days wil start at 9 a.m. and probably end around noon. If you have time on either day, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. We will have some tools, but if you have some you can bring, it might help. Please plan to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes or boots, and work gloves.
The address is 21789 Marsh Creek Rd. in Brentwood. If you can help, please call 925-679-5811 to let us know or to get more more information.
Below are the highlights of the report provided by EBRPD. To see the entire report, or to watch a video presentation on its findings, click here.
“The 120,000 acres of the East Bay Regional Park District are more than just a pretty place. There are creeks that provide drinking water, trails to walk and ride that help us live healthy lives, and grasslands that are grazed which support the local food economy. And now we have an independent, scientific report by economists to prove that East Bay Parks are more than just a pretty place.Based on this report, we now know that the Park District:
Hosts 25 million visits a year. This is more than the A’s, Raiders, Warriors, Giants, 49ers, Earthquakes, and Sharks combined.
Provides a range of benefits to residents, businesses, and visitors that total about $500 million annually. This includes the values of recreation, healthcare, property values, and other ecosystem services.
Generates nearly $200 million in regional economic activity every year that would not happen without the District. This includes visitor spending and grant-funded capital investments, and the multiplier effects of both.
What does that translate into? This scientific report conclusively says that the District is interconnected with many aspects of life in the East Bay including infrastructure, jobs, transportation, public health, and housing.
In addition to these benefits, the District is a good investment. Based on our annual budget of $127 million, every $1 yields a return of $4. This means that Alameda and Contra Costa County taxpayers are getting good value for themselves and all residents regardless of background.
This report is the second installment in a longitudinal study by Economic & Planning Systems, Inc, a land use and economics firm based in Oakland. The first report was produced in the year 2000 and was groundbreaking at the time. A lot has changed over the past 17 years. The 2017 report – which you can find on our website at ebparks.org – builds on the 2000 methodology and will add to the national body of research about the economic impact of parks and open spaces.
What does this all mean for you as a resident of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and as a park user? It means that you can go out and enjoy East Bay Parks knowing that they are more than just pretty places. They are an integral part of life in the East Bay.
For more information, call (510) 544-2008.”
In preparing for the future, the John Marsh Historic Trust is looking for people who would like to be part of our mission to restore the John Marsh Stone House and open the Marsh Creek State Park to the public.
The JMHT is a 501(c)3 non-profit, formed in 1994 to help preserve and restore the Marsh’s iconic mansion – a brick and stone house built 160 years ago. This Gothic Revival home is 7,000 square feet and was built and designed for his wife, Abby. John Marsh was a Harvard graduate and pioneer who became the first doctor in California and the first settler in Contra Costa County. Board Members also support the opening of the 3,700-acre Marsh Creek State Park where Marsh’s house is located.
As a Board Member, your duties would include: attending monthly meetings (3rd Friday of the month at 9 a.m. at Trilogy’s Club Los Meganos in Brentwood), participating in fundraising events, attending mixers and various events throughout the year. We are particularly interested in talking to people who have skills to contribute in the areas of database management, social media and newsletter production.
If interested, email email@example.com.
Photo by Steve Verduzco
This Saturday the John Marsh Historic Trust and Sean McCauley Investments present the 3rd Annual Heritage Day in Marsh Creek State Park. The free, family-oriented event is aimed at increasing awareness of the wonders of the John Marsh State Historic Park via kids, activities, expert presentations, and a rare, up-close look at the iconic 160-year-old stone mansion build by California pioneer John Marsh. Here’s a look at the schedule and the events we have planned. Don’t miss it!
The beauty and history of Contra Costa County will be featured in a special exhibit and auction of original artwork benefiting the John Marsh Historic Trust. The Other Coast: Contra Costa Landscapes and History will feature the work of local artists at special reduced prices. The event will raise money for the Trust’s efforts to restore the 160-year-old John Marsh Stone House in Brentwood, and open the Marsh Creek State Park that surrounds it.
The exhibit will run from Sept. 15 to Oct. 8 at The Delta Gallery in the Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center.
A grand Opening Gala will be held on Sept. 17, featuring wine tasting, gift basket raffles and more. Members of the Trust will be on hand to talk about the house and park, as will John Marsh “himself.” An Auction Gala will be held on Oct. 8, and will included the exciting conclusion of the Silent Auction.
Throughout the length of the exhibit, silent auction and “Buy it Now” options will provide a chance to pick up some beautiful, original artwork at very special, affordable prices. All art will be affordably priced, ideal for holiday gift-buying for the art lover in your life.
“Having the local art and business communities get behind the effort to preserve history and bring a wonderful, 3,700-acre park on line s fantastic,” said Trust Executive Director Rick Lemyre. “Come on down, get some wonderful art for your home, and help preserve history and open space all at the same time.”
The Other Coast: Contra Costa Landscapes and History is sponsored by Trilogy at the Vineyards/Shea Homes, Three Wines Company, Bloomfield Vineyards, Jamie Conners Real Estate and our host, Delta Gallery.
For more information, visit the Delta Gallery web site by clicking here. For more on the John Marsh Historic Trust or the Marsh Creek State Park, call call 925-679-5811.
Members of the National Society of Colonial Dames and the Bay Area Historic House Museums visited Marsh Creek State Park and the John Marsh Stone House on Aug. 12. They enjoyed a talk by Trust President Gene Metz, followed by a box lunch in the front yard of the iconic, 160-year-old mansion. Afterwards, they participated in in another other local activity, picking fresh fruit at one of the nearby U-pick farms. If you’d like to arrange a visit like this, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 925-679-5811.
Please note: The John Marsh Stone House and the Marsh Creek State Historic Park are not yet open to the public.
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