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Monitor Notes: Free Parks, Veloz Webinar, Water Tour, Mobility Planning

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


That Friday Feeling

The East Bay Regional Park District is marking its 85th anniversary by waiving park entry and other fees every Friday between April and December this year. That deal covers a lot of recreational opportunities — the district preserves and protects open space in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, with 73 regional parks that span over 122,000 plus acres. The anniversary celebration also includes free concerts throughout the summer. Click here for a concert schedule and more free Friday details.


Fast Lane

Join a webinar Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m. and learn about fuel cell electric cars and fueling stations. Veloz, a Sacramento-based nonprofit comprised of public and private electric car industry stakeholders, is spearheading the 75-minute webinar. Moderated by California Fuel Cell Partnership Executive Director Bill Elrick (pictured), the webinar features representatives from the California Air Resources Board and other groups. Veloz, which means “fast” in Spanish, intends to spark a fast electric car transition and help reduce pollution that threatens public health and the environment. Register here.


Tour de Water

Visit the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center in San Jose on Saturday, April 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. You’ll learn about advanced water treatment processes that produce eight million gallons daily at the center, considered the largest plant of its kind in Northern California. The tour also covers the role of recycled and purified water in providing a sustainable supply for the future, collection goals the Monitor discussed in a 2015 article shortly after the purification center opened. Click here to register for next Saturday’s tour, or to distill upcoming tour dates.


Have a Share in Mobility Planning

What do you think about e-scooters? Do you ride them? Oakland’s Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to know. You have until Friday, April 12 to complete a survey — and qualify for a raffle that could win you a $10 Amazon gift card — and share your thoughts on helmets and where e-scooters should be allowed to park and ride. Then change gears for Oakland DOT’s “Let’s Bike Oakland” plan, which was recently released for community review, with comments due by April 1. Survey results and bike plan comments will help drive future plans and policies as Oakland officials figure out ways to help residents safely navigate streets.


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