Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Concord Nature Park


The Markham Regional Arboretum (16 acres) is a natural arboretum located at 1202 La Vista Avenue, Concord, California, USA      Ira and "Bee" Markham, the original owners of the property, sold the parcel of land to the city of Concord in 1966. They requested that the area be kept as natural as possible, growing primarily local plants and trees for the area's residents to enjoy.  Concord Nature Park is a completely different place in the Winter than it is in the Summer .The first picture seen here in this posting was taken at the end of the Summer when the Creek is all dried up and the leaves are just beginning to fall... the second picture is  a recent photo of the Galindo creek taken this earlier week when the creek  was full and the recent rain wattered the park well...Ira was an interesting old fellow ,as he used to tend the land and reside in his house on it even after he gave it to the  City of Concord to be used as a public local nature reserve.Today the site where his home was is a bare field .However i can still remember him from my years playing there as a kid and how he gave such a wonderful gift to our city.,,Thanx Mr.Markham ...I feel the City Should put a Monument Where their Home site was...Truly A Great Concord Pioneer...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Arboretum is a better monument then the city could ever build. Does the city need to waste more money? Does a politician need a good photo op? If so, contact the Cowell Smokestack people for a monument that is both stupid and ugly.

Dave said...

I was thinking the same thing Smokey. I really appreciate what Mr. and Mrs. Markham did for us. I remember him caring for the trees 30 years ago when we used to hang out down there. Remember when he told you to get out of the Crawdad nursery? The good ole days! I was just saying the same thing tonight to Jim about how it would be nice if they did a little something for the Markham’s down there. He said they did name the park after them and Bee has a garden named after her and the names can never be changed. Jim was reminding me about all the Ferns and Palms and Orchids Mrs. Markham planted down there near where we used to back in the Monte Carlo. I remember it was a jungle all around us! Hope we didn’t run over any of her Orchids. I miss the bridge that was near their house. I wonder if it got washed away one stormy day. A plaque with a picture of their house or something would be cool.