Coke remembers the very first time she met with anyone to talk about the Parkway. She was teaching in Del Rey at the time and had to rush to make it to a meeting that Jim Costa put together. Everyone sat around a large square table at Guarantee Savings and Loan Company. Jim presented the idea that we should form a group to protect the river. Coke thought to herself, “Wow, that’s a good idea.” Until that first meeting, she hadn’t heard anyone mention such an idea. There were about 12 people at the first meeting. The group nominated Coke to serve as the first chairman. Everything took off from there.
Coke is proud that the Parkway has attracted so many wonderful people for support. The land acquisitions are coming along so beautifully, especially our acquisition of Sumner Peck Ranch. It’s exactly what was envisioned at that first meeting. And, of course, the River Center has a special place in Coke’s heart.
Looking ahead, Coke is most excited about having public land and trails on the whole length of the Parkway along the river. It’s within our grasp more than ever.