This article was contributed by Valerie Egland with R.E.A.C.H San Benito Parks Foundation.
R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation was thrilled to receive a Community Impact Grant earlier this month, so we continue moving forward with our summer program, R.E.A.C.H.–ing Community – Healthy connections for life!
On June 30, a simple, wonderfully simple Un Pequeno Paseo (a little walk) was taken around San Juan Bautista by an enthusiastic group of people who would not normally have taken the time to just walk the outer paths of the town, nor connect with the city parks as an adventure. Everyone had a great time sharing experiences of San Juan "back in the day" while the kids that came scampered about enjoying the time outdoors with parents, adventuring before dinner. I can imagine the good conversations later!
On Tuesday, July 31 around 5:15 p.m., the public is invited to the second Pequeno Paseo / Little Walk! This time we will be walking up to the St. Francis Retreat on the road Bennie Benitoite took us on recently. We’ll meet at the fork of Windhaven Ranch Road and St. Francis Retreat Road. Someone will help with parking to keep everyone out of the tinder dry grass, and safe. The moon rises at 10:42 p.m. over the Gabilans long after we head down the road again. It will be lovely as the sun ends the day over the valley, so R.E.A.C.H. welcomes you to turn out for a sweet simple walk together before dinner, and after a hard day’s work. Don’t be surprised by the energy boost it will give you!
The third Pequeno Paseo/Little Walk will be on Sunday, August 26 around 5:15 p.m. at the Brigantino Park just outside Hollister at the Fourth Street bridge. There’s a nice, even path and plenty of parking around the ‘old spray fields’-turned ‘park’, and we will enjoy the evening of “the full Sturgeon Moon”. It may show itself, or its glow, before we leave the park, but is expected to rise at 8:15 p.m.
Fourth in the Un Pequeno Paseo/ A Little Walk series will be on the morning of the Fall Equinox on Sunday, September 23. This will be very special since SBC Public Health, and Ofelia Prieto, Safe Kids SBC coordinator, will be partnering with R.E.A.C.H. to get kids off to a safe start to bicycling to school. Veronica Lezama with COG Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee has also offered a coordinated effort. Parents and kids will be walking and biking from the San Juan Soccer Field to Anzar High School on the first official Bike Path built in San Benito County in the 1990’s! Let’s celebrate with a Pequeno Paseo en Bicicletta/ A Little Bicycle Ride, along with Un Pequeno Paseo/ A Little Walk!
For more information about R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation, visit our website www.reachsanbenito.org, then ‘like’ our Facebook page, and I’ll warn you, right now, that there is a previous version out there that does not include the word ‘Parks’ in the title. Try as we may, Facebook is tenacious about wanting passwords even if you’ll never have access again. We’re working on it.