The City of San Ramon opened its 58th park this weekend. Here’s the poem read at the celebration.

Look around,
the vast rolling hills
are changing right before our eyes
So hard to imagine what’s there
when we roll back the years

Can you picture it?
These hills that we call ours, belonged to someone else, long ago
The land calls out a litany of names
Bernal, Norris, Fallon,
Fremont, Vallejo, Harlan,
They claimed this valley floor that we call home

Among the rest stood a man of action called Amador,
living large on the land, before lending his name to this beautiful place
a settlement at the crossroads of time and history
built in this wild open space where we now stand,
ready to call it our own

The future is ours as we gather
to commemorate the past
while we celebrate community
and dedicate this glorious park
built on our dreams for our children
Here they can play and laugh and grow strong
And know that everything old is new once again

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops for children and adults. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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1 Response to Amador

  1. Robert C. Moore says:

    Cool maybe someday they will name a Park after you just remember. The land cannot be owned or claimed it belongs to everyone and no one we inhabit this sphere temporarily and live in peace with zen 4all men includes women and Indians too

    Sent from my iPhone


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