Make Mark Liolios of Aquatic Park EGRET your Conservation Hero (and help BPFP win $5000)

For more than a decade, Mark Liolios has worked to transform Aquatic Park into great habitat for herons, egrets, shorebirds, native plants — and people! On September 13, the Trust for Public Land, with Cox Enterprises, has named him one of five “Cox Conserves Heroes” for the Bay Area for 2010! See the Sept. 14 story on!
Mark and four other finalists receive $1,250 for the nonprofit of their choice — and Mark has chosen Berkeley Partners for Parks! If Mark gets the most online votes, BPFP will get a total of $5,000!

Watch videos of the five winners and vote online for your favorite at

Mark Liolios weeding with volunteers at Aquatic Park
Mark Liolios weeds with volunteers at Aquatic Park

Oct. 3 Sunday stroll, progressive party celebrates volunteer greening!

On Sunday, Oct. 3, Berkeley Partners for Parks invites you to enjoy
• A leisurely afternoon stroll or bike ride
• A progressive picnic
• Music, food, fun for all ages
Celebrate great green spaces! See how Berkeley volunteers have transformed neglected scraps of city!
We’ll start at 1 PM at Presentation Park, Allston Way and California, where residents have turned thickets into a butterfly garden and more.
At 2 PM we’ll make our way to Schoolhouse Creek Common, Virginia and Curtis. Neighbors have turned an old parking lot behind Berkeley Adult School into a flowery oasis where neighbors gather, children play, and students take breaks and relax.
At 3 PM we’ll follow the old Santa Fe Railroad route, now the Ohlone Greenway, to Westbrae Commons (along the greenway between Hopkins and Gilman). There we’ll join the annual harvest-time celebration of three community gardens, restored native coastal prairie, and whimsical to spectacular public art along the old rail corridor.
Free, all welcome! (The distance is a level 1.5 mi. one way.) Information at,, 540 7223.

Berkeley Path Wanderers Annual Meeting

Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St.

Our keynote speaker will be Karin Tuxen-Bettman, from Google. She will discuss using Google Earth & Google Maps to plan, track, and map your path hikes and wanderings, including viewing historical imagery of the area, finding the elevation profile of your walk, and uploading your photos and GPS paths to Google Earth. Our honorary host will be Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, who gave up his car two years ago in favor of walking and riding the bus. A short business meeting, including the election of officers and slides of our recent path building efforts will precede the program, which is free and open to the public. We will also vote on adopting amendments to the existing Association bylaws. For more information visit the Berkeley Path Wanderers website.