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Supervisor Andersen Finds Restoration Monies For Barn At Forest Home – And It Ain’t Chicken Feed

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Supervisor Candace Andersen has found some money to help restore the barn at Forest Home Farms. Photo: San Ramon Historic Foundation

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.

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  1. “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.”

    When we said, “fix our broken down infrastructure”, I think we had roads and bridges and levees in mind. We would like to preserve our automotive suspensions and prevent our bridges from falling into the water as in Minnesota, preserving life and limb. We would like to preserve our fresh water supply by repairing or bypassing our very old, sinking, pile of dirt levees.

    But, the Moraga Barn IS for sale! And, the Rheem Theatre is for sale, off and on.

    You do what YOU think is best, Ms. Anderson.

  2. Very pleased to hear this. Forest Home Farm is a delightful place to visit with the kids and historically tells the story of this area of Northern California, one which is quickly being replaced by housing. Forest Home has all the potential to be as dramatic addition to Contra Costas parks as Borges Ranch is to Walnut Creek.

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