|FLP's "Walk to the Park" Events|
Press Democrat photo of FLP's February
Participants in each walk have received
January 13, 2002:
February 24, 2002:
March 24, 2002:
April 28, 2002:
May 19 and June 16, 2002:
July 21, 2002:
On Sunday, January 13, 2002, Friends of Lafferty Park led a group of 50 park supporters on a 7-mile road walk from downtown Petaluma to the (closed) gate of Lafferty Park. On February 24, the walk was repeated with around 100 participants. On March 24 and April 28, our numbers were restricted due to county regulations, but at least 40 people participated each time.
While the walks had some aspects of a social outdoor outing, they were primarily informational demonstrations to call attention to the fact that our mountaintop park is not yet open. And if we don't get our park open, we will -- ultimately, inevitably -- lose it. Some carried signs highlighting the need for specific county actions needed to get Lafferty Park open.
FLP intends to continue these walks, or equivalent events, at regular intervals until the park opens, or until city and county actions are moving clearly and irrevocably in that direction. See this website's EVENTS page for more information on upcoming walks.
Watch for the video
Watch for the video of the early walks made by independent filmmaker John Bertucci. It will be airing on public access cable stations throughout Sonoma County and in other venues. Who is that man hiding in the bushes talking to Sheriff's deputies on his cell phone, anyway?
Sing the song
At the closed gate of Lafferty Park, following each of our exhilarating 7-mile walks, we sing the new, topical lyrics by Hank Zucker for Woody Guthrie's bedrock movement song. Learn the words to "This Land is Your (Lafferty) Land" so you can sing along at future events!
Photos of the May 19 and Later Events
An unusual late-May rainstorm led us to
truncate this month's event. We drove to Lafferty's gate,
had a short ceremony in the rain, and returned to town.
Here are some photos:
Photos of the April 28 Event
The April 28 walk was another beautiful walk
among green fields and wildflowers. Here are some photos:
Photos of the March 24 Event
The March 24 Walk was splendid! The weather
was perfect, the spring flowers were abundant, and the
Sheriff's deputies were not. Take a look at these photos:
Press coverage and photos of the February 24 Event
Note: Most of
the following links take you to external websites.
Press coverage and photos of the January 13 Event
to Argus-Courier articles and letters take you to the