Monday, January 25, 2010

Park District Says Goodbye To Beloved Former Mine Manager, John Waters

John Waters, generally acknowledged as the heart and soul of the unique mining history museum and related programs at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, died Jan. 13 in Oakland after a long battle with cancer. He was 68.“John was a true Renaissance man,” said Pat O’Brien, the East Bay Regional Park District general manager. “He not only managed Black Diamond Mines, he recreated the essence of the mining experience, and even saved the mines from certain closure during the early days of our attempt to have a mine park.”“We probably wouldn’t have that park if it weren’t for him,” said Ted Radke, the park district board member who represents the area. “John became very prominent in the mining profession. He was renowned for his work on converting a hazardous site into a public benefit.” Waters created the park’s Underground Mining Museum, which preserves and displays artifacts from the region’s coal and silica mining eras within the actual sand mine tunnels...This story was sent to me by East Bay Regional Parks...Click on the link to read more  ...

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