San Ramon Parks With Historic Reference: San Ramon is a quaint residential city that is built from a foundation of rich history. We have several parks that honor those that have been here before us who have helped shape San Ramon into what it is today. We are lucky to enjoy these gorgeous parks and spend time outdoors in a safe, lovely environment.
The Ohlone Indian tribes lived in the San Ramon Valley prior to the Spanish explorers in the late 1700’s. They lived close to water supplies and are believed to have lived in the Dougherty Valley in areas like the park setting of Souyen park. The Main Branch of Alamo Creek would fill and become abundant with silver salmon and steelhead trout during winter storms. The grasslands would bloom with wildflowers in the spring, bringing rabbits, mice, quail, flocks of ducks and geese, and herds of elk. Summertime would provide the prime food source, seeds, as grasses would dry out. The Souyen women would weave baskets to store, gather, and prepare food while the men hunted game with traps, bows, and arrows. They could accommodate six to twenty-four people in the thatched homes they built from the native grasses. Today, we can enjoy the beautiful park scenery and think about those that were here long before us. The City of San Ramon encourages its residents to celebrate the rich and diverse culture we continue to live in today by enjoying this park together.
San Ramon was called “Limerick” for several decades due to the Irish settlers who lived in the are during the mid 1800’s. They named it “Limerick” after the ancient county in Ireland. The noble County of Limerick is at the entrance to the mouth of the Shannon River. Vikings built Limerick City in the middle of the 9th century, and in the 12th century Normans built a castle. Irish emigrants and many other settlers joined together in a large scale emigration to the United States in the early 1800’s. In 1891, The Southern Pacific Railroad opened the San Ramon Branch Line, and they permanently changed “Limerick” to San Ramon. Enjoy this beautiful park named in celebration of San Ramon’s historical past and continuing diverse cultural today.
Fire Truck Park:
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District has developed over many years, just as our gorgeous valley has grown and transformed into the vibrant community it is today. In 1912 Danville community leaders decided that they needed a volunteer fire department even though there were very few residents. It was called the Danville Farm Defense Fire District. They protected approximately 50 square miles and changed their name in 1921 to the Danville Fire Protection District. Contra Costa County’s local San Ramon landowners changed the East County Fire Protection District in 1963 to the San Ramon Fire Protection District which covered a 20 square mile area around San Ramon. San Ramon and Danville’s Fire Districts merged together to form the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) in December 1979. In 1991 the Tassajara Fire District was annexed and in 1997 the Dougherty Regional Fire Authority was annexed. Today, this District protects approximately 155 square miles of land which includes San Ramon, Danville, Blackhawk, Alamo, Diablo, the southern boundary of Morgan Territory, and the Tassarjara Valley. The City of San Ramon named this beautiful park to commemorate the transformative history of our fire department. The parkland is delegated to preserving natural places where the community can thrive and residents can enjoy.
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