|FLP's "Walk to the Park" Events|
Press Democrat photo of FLP's February
Participants in each walk received
January 13, 2002:
February 24, 2002:
March 24, 2002:
April 28, 2002:
May 19, June 16, and August 18, 2002:
July 21, 2002:
On Sunday, January 13, 2002, Friends of Lafferty Park led a group of 50 park supporters on our first 7-mile road walk from downtown Petaluma to the (closed) gate of Lafferty Park. This walk was repeated every month throughout 2002. Some walks included over 100 participants, others far fewer. One walk was truncated due to inclement weather.
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 carry signs highlighting the need for specific county actions needed to get Lafferty Park open.
FLP expects, or equivalent events, in the near future. See this website's EVENTS page for more information on upcoming activities.
Watch for the video
Independent filmmaker John Bertucci made an extraordinary 28-minute video of the early walks to Lafferty Park. It will be airing on public access cable and at various venues around Sonoma County. Who is that man hiding in the bushes talking to Sheriff's deputies on his cell phone, anyway?
Contact Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a copy of the video or arrange a screening.
Sing the song
At the closed gate of Lafferty Park, following each of our exhilarating 7-mile walks, we sang 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-season rainstorm led us to
truncate the May 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