River Parkway Trust to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for new barn at the River Center
November 8, 2018
FRESNO, CA - The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the reconstructed barn at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies. Special guests will include the Fort Washington Elementary School Choir and architect Michael Boudreau who will talk about the design process.
Reconstructing the circa 1925 River Center dairy barn has been included in every plan for the River Center property since the Trust acquired the site from Vulcan Materials Company in 2001.To maintain the historic integrity of the site, the new barn is a wooden replica structure with the same proportions and design as the original barn.
The new barn will be used as a meeting and activity space for field trips and summer camp programs at the River Center. The facility will meet the Trust’s need for a covered space for large groups of people and children, especially in inclement weather. Its proximity to the Hidden Homes Trail, a ½ mile loop trail featuring larger-than-life-size animal habitats, makes the space perfect for a variety of environmental education programs. The barn will help the Trust expand its capacity to provide environmental education to more local children.
The project was made possible by a generous private donor and a matching grant from The Whitney Foundation.
The ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 9:30 am at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies, 11605 Old Friant Rd, Fresno, CA, 93730.
Sarah Parkes, Director of Annual Giving
559-248-8480 ext. 107
Harvest Home: A Festival of Traditional Americana Music October 6, 2018 at the River Center
September 26, 2018
FRESNO, CA - Bluegrass, old-time, country and Celtic traditional bands will be featured at the first-ever Harvest Home: A Festival of Traditional Americana Music, Saturday, October 6th, 12-7 PM at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies, 11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno, CA 93730. The festival is part of the Parties for the Parkway program and is a fundraiser for the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust.
Bands, in order of appearance, are Eva Scow and Le Petit Strings (string band jazz), Lark (Celtic), Evo Bluestein, Terry Barrett and Barry Shultz (old-time fiddling and more), Two for the Road (Celtic and American roots), Barwick and Siegfried (country and bluegrass from Grass Valley) and the GrassKickers (bluegrass). Inside the historic ranch house, RoseTree (Celtic) will play two sets and a workshop, “Fiddle Styles of the American Southwest” will feature Jared Dean, Linda Guerrero, Bill Lehr, Carl Parnell, and EZ Marc Poschman.
Food from local food trucks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. In addition to musical performances, other activities will include a 1-hour special children's program and a Dia de Los Muertos art exhibit curated by Arte Americas will be open for viewing. Musician’s CDs will be available for purchase.
The festival is made possible thanks to the support of various individuals, programs and businesses including Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities, Fresno State Humanics Program, Reza Assemi, Paul Halajian Architects, Lance-Kashian and Co., France Squire, Bill and Shirley Golden, Smith, Horn & Braun. Several sponsors are local developers and architects who are working to restore and preserve historic buildings in the San Joaquin Valley. The sub-theme of the festival is, therefore, Historic Music in a Historic Venue with the backdrop for the music the circa 1890 Riverview Ranch House. The musicians and music groups have been organized and coordinated thanks to Karana Hattersley-Drayton.
Tickets are $20 general admission or $15 for River Parkway Trust and Fresno Folklore Society members. Tickets are available at reservations.riverparkway.org and through the Fresno Folklore Society website at fresnofolklore.org. Accompanied children age 15 and below are free.
Finn Telles, Director of Business Development
559-248-8480 ext. 216
Physically Disabled Youth Kayak and Paddleboard on the San Joaquin River
June 26, 2018
FRESNO, CA - The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc. (River Parkway Trust) has partnered up with Valley Children's Adaptive Sports Program to provide a clinic for physically disabled youth, with conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to spinal cord injuries, to participate in kayaking and paddle boarding on the San Joaquin River. A group of educated and trained staff will assist in this adventure. The clinic will be held on Saturday, June 30th, 2018, from 9 am to 2 pm at Sycamore Island. It is a free event and open to the public.
This clinic will bring the community together to share in the joy of the San Joaquin River, provide an opportunity for education about the San Joaquin River Parkway, and demonstrate opportunities for kayaking and paddle boarding on the San Joaquin River.
The River Parkway Trust is pleased to provide a convenient local venue in partnership with Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports Program.
“The proximity of Valley Children’s Hospital to Sycamore Island makes our partnership with the Adaptive Sports Program a great match. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce program participants to the recreational opportunities available on the San Joaquin River,” said the River Parkway Trust’s Executive Director Sharon Weaver.
“We anticipate that this event is the beginning of a growing partnership between the River Parkway Trust and Valley Children’s Healthcare.”
The River Parkway Trust provides program services in the areas of conservation, education, and recreation. The organization provides seasonal, weekend park operations at Sycamore Island. The River Parkway Trust’s mission is to preserve and restore San Joaquin River lands of ecological, scenic, or historic significance, to educate the public on the need for stewardship, to research issues affecting the river, and to promote educational, recreational, and agricultural uses of the river bottom consistent with protection of the river’s resources.
Valley Children's Hospital Adaptive Sports’ mission is to provide team sports and recreational activities for people with physical disabilities and impairments. The organization’s goal is to organize fun, safe, and educational recreational experiences at every clinic. The Adaptive Sports Program not only provides activities for the physically disabled, but also creates a strong support system among families in similar situations. It brings together people experiencing the same struggles allowing for a positive and helpful space that is carried on into the family’s daily lives.
Clinic participants will meet at the Valley Children's Hospital playground at 8:30 am, then caravan to Sycamore Island together. All equipment will be provided. Trained staff and volunteers will guide participants throughout the experience. A picnic lunch will be provided for participants and their families after paddling. The clinic is a free event and open to the public. Registration is required. If you plan on attending, please register at the link provided: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVY5UePz_S26pmED_zxP0UHb0kI2lCoMBKgEqg3SWkVeMVgw/viewform
Finn Telles, Director of Business Development
(559) 248-8480 ext. 216
Valley Children's Adaptive Sports
River Parkway Trust Announces River Center Barn Reconstruction Project
April 27, 2018
FRESNO, CA – The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust (Trust) announced today that it has begun a project to reconstruct a dairy barn located at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies (River Center). The new open air building will provide a covered space with capacity for 250 people, helping the Trust expand its environmental education and community programs at the River Center.
Reconstructing the circa 1925 River Center dairy barn has been included in every plan for the River Center property since the Trust acquired the site from Vulcan Materials Company in 2001. The Trust’s original plan for the project was to stabilize the existing barn using an internal i-beam structure. After consulting with two architects having expertise in historic preservation, the organization determined that stabilizing the structure is no longer feasible due to the extreme deterioration of the barn wood.
To maintain the historic integrity of the site, the new barn will be a wooden replica structure with the same proportions and design as the original barn. Additional sliding doors will be added to the structure to enhance airflow and ventilation.
The River Center is located just 3-miles north of Woodward Park, and has more than 15,000 visitors annually. At the River Center people can connect with the cultural and natural history of the San Joaquin River through art and educational exhibits, programs and activities, gardens, and links to pedestrian and bike trails. The River Center is also a key location for the Trust’s environmental education programs including its River Field Trips and River Camp programs, with more than 12,000 local children participating each year.
The new barn will meet the Trust’s need for a covered space for large groups of people and children, especially in inclement weather. The barn will be used as a meeting and activity space during field trips and summer camp programs at the River Center. Its proximity to the Hidden Homes Trail, a ½ mile loop trail featuring larger-than-life-size animal habitats, make the space perfect for a variety of environmental education programs. This project will help the Trust expand its capacity to provide environmental education to more local children.
“Weather plays a role in our program offerings, and we’ve had to cancel field trips due to rain in the past. The new barn is going to enable us to provide program activities during inclement weather and host multiple school groups on site at the same time,” said Coke Hallowell, the Trust’s Chairman of the Board. “We are looking forward to introducing more local children to the River Center when construction is complete.”
The new barn will be used for Trust community programs and special events at the River Center, in addition to education programs. The Trust will also make the facility available for special event rentals.
The project is made possible by a generous private donor and a matching grant from The Whitney Foundation.
“Replacing the barn has been a much anticipated project for our organization,” said the Trust’s Executive Director Sharon Weaver. “We are thrilled to begin construction on the new barn, and we are incredibly grateful to our private donor and The Whitney Foundation for making this project a reality.”
The San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit land trust formed in 1988 to create a 22-mile Parkway along the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to Highway 99. More information about the Trust’s projects and programs is available at www.riverparkway.org.
Sharon Weaver, Executive Director
(559) 248-8480 ext. 105