Alvarado Park

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Alvarado Park
Alvarado Park (Richmond, CA).JPG
Looking northeast from "Inspiration Point" in Tilden, March 2006
Alvarado Park is located in San Francisco Bay Area
Alvarado Park
Alvarado Park
Alvarado Park is located in California
Alvarado Park
Alvarado Park
Alvarado Park is located in the US
Alvarado Park
Alvarado Park
Location Richmond, California (Richmond View)
Coordinates 37°57′22″N 122°18′47″W / 37.95609°N 122.31294°W / 37.95609; -122.31294Coordinates: 37°57′22″N 122°18′47″W / 37.95609°N 122.31294°W / 37.95609; -122.31294
Area 42.5-acre (17.2 ha)
Created 1909[1]
Operated by East Bay Regional Park District
Architectural style Rustic Park
NRHP reference # 92000313[2][3]
Added to NRHP April 9, 1992


Alvarado Park (formerly Grand Canyon Park[4]) is a subsection of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in Richmond, California and is a National Historic Place.[2] It is located at the mouth of Wildcat Canyon is the Alvarado Park section. Between 1909 and 1923, Alvarado Park was a private park that was owned and operated by local residents. In 1923, it was donated to the city of Richmond. Later it was admitted into the East Bay Regional Park District.

Acquisition and history[edit]

Then, in 1985, it was incorporated into Wildcat Canyon Regional Park and forms a historic district.[1][3]

In its early years, Alvarado Park was served by its own streetcar line from the East Shore and Suburban Railway, a Key System precursor, which was later discontinued.[5] The park district made certain improvements including a new children's play area, conversion of parking into meadows, and demolition of dilapidated structures.[1] It was also the home of the Grande Vista Sanitarium, later known as Belgum Sanitarium.[6][7][8] Though the associated buildings have since burned to the ground, their foundations and the surrounding grounds, including an orchard remain. The park also features distinctive and noted[1] stone masonry, retaining walls, and classical stone lampposts.[1] The lampposts are no longer lit. A stonework bridge spans Wildcat Creek in the park main entrance. The park district is currently struggling to return the river to a more natural state in hopes of restoring its fish population and their runs.[1] The park also featured an open-air pavilion dance hall which was converted to a roller rink, and subsequently destroyed by fire.[4]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wildcat Canyon Regional Park brochure, text side, East Bay Regional Park District, retrieved September 4, 2007
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ a b Historic Places in Contra Costa County, retrieved September 4, 2007
  4. ^ a b Historic Places, Richmond Museum of History, retrieved September 4, 2007
  5. ^ Chronology of the East Shore and Suburban Railway Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine., El Cerrito Historical Society, retrieved September 4, 2004
  6. ^ East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda And Contra Costa Counties, by David Weintraub, (ISBN 0-89997-372-8) Wilderness Press, 2005, retrieved September 6, 2007
  7. ^ Grande Vista Sanatarium History, Chaddickerson.com, retrieved September 6, 2007
  8. ^ 1930 Richmond Census Tracts, United States Census Bureau, retrieved September 6, 2007