Quaint reminders of our bygone heritage are often slated to die prolonged deaths, but at least one local favorite is getting a second chance at life thanks in part due to intervention by County Supervisor Candace Andersen – along with some much-needed “found money.”
Andersen on Monday announced the release of $590,000 in park dedication funds for use by the City of San Ramon in its effort to improve segments of the Iron Horse Trail as well as the barn at Forest Home Farms. Preservationists had worried that the barn, the oldest structure at the 16-acre Forest Home Farms park on San Ramon Valley Boulevard was feeling its age and had wondered aloud if it would be around for future generations.
The Forest Home Farms Park project will put $485,000 toward the installation of new concrete footings, new lighting, and improved accessibility to the building – which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources in June 2002.
Remaining funds, $105,000, will be put toward improvement of San Ramon’s segment of the Iron Horse Trail and will include installing park benches, a low-flow irrigation system and native landscaping, and cooling stations.
“It’s moments like these, when you can help a city accomplish its goals, that make my job as a County Supervisor so rewarding,” Andersen wrote in a release prepared by her staff. The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors approved the funding allocation July 22, 2015.