City of Eureka Wants Your Photos and Memories of Sequoia Park

Press release from the City of Eureka:

old picture called Gate Entrance

Gate Entrance [provided by the City of Eureka]

The City of Eureka is excited to reach out to the community to seek photos and memories of Sequoia Park and its Playground or the Sequoia Park Zoo in an effort to support the Sequoia Park Improvement Project. Do you have fond memories and photos of the 125-year-old history of these beloved spaces that you would be willing to share?

The City recently conducted several community outreach opportunities resulting in a new
conceptual design for Sequoia Park. Community feedback prioritized a design which will
enhance what is loved, restore what is broken, and provide what is missing.

Submitted photos and memories will be used in a collector’s quality, special-edition publication to help solicit contributions and engage volunteers. Additionally, will be using submissions for online promotions and on other media platforms. These photos and memories will help support our goal to raise the necessary resources to complete the enhancements developed by Greenway Partners, focusing on the Upper Meadow. Greenway’s participation in this public outreach process was made possible by a generous grant from Redwood Capital Bank.

Although virtually any Sequoia Park photographs are appreciated, those most needed are from the 1930s through the 1990s. Both color or black and white non-blurry photos, are welcomed. If possible, a description of the photo, approximate date, and reference to any landmarks or individuals would also be helpful, as well as any personal memories associated with submitted photos. In addition to photographs, The City of Eureka is looking for short written recollections about cherished memories from Sequoia Park, Playground, and Zoo that can be submitted with or without accompanying photographs.

There are many ways for you to support this project and we are here to help. While those
physically mailed will not be able to be returned, we suggest that a copy is submitted. We can
assist with photo copying and scanning if needed.

Credit will be given in the publication and other media platforms for all accepted submissions. Upon completion (expected Spring 2020), a copy of the publication will also be provided to those whose submissions were accepted. There will not be monetary compensation. These photos will also help develop future interpretive opportunities about Sequoia Park and the Redwood Forest.

Submissions can be sent by email to (sequoiaparkmemories@ci.eureka.ca.gov) or uploaded to
www.sequoiaparkmemories.com or mailed to Sequoia Park Memories, c/o Adorni Community
Center, 1011 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501.

Excerpt from Greenway Report: “The Upper Meadow of Sequoia Park evokes strong memories for many in our community. This is where they first visited the redwood forest, came for local playground activities, school trips and visits to the duck pond. … There have been numerous play structures and amenities in Sequoia Park over the years. As the community has grown, the Park has not kept pace and while still widely used, is impacted by poor drainage, older play structures, older restroom facilities and limited access for citizens with disabilities.”

To stay updated, follow us on Facebook.com/eurekasequoiapark or
EurekaParksAndRecBlog.com

Questions on submissions or technical requirements for photos can be addressed to Scott Marcus
at smarcus@ci.eureka.ca.gov or 707.440.9271

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