Starting in the 1980s, groups of concerned citizens in Santa Rosa began turning their attention and their fundraising efforts toward the creek, and since then many areas have opened up once again with trees and parkland, as well as paved pathways for running, walking, hiking and biking along the creek, which extends out west from Santa Rosa’s downtown district, and even passes by its City Hall building, which lies just a couple of blocks north of the race starting line, in Julliard Park.
Known for its gorgeous green grassy lawns and its plentiful oak and redwood trees, the park bears the namesake of “that” Julliard — yes, the family whose son August founded the famous Julliard School of Music in New York City.
The land for the park was donated by Frederic Julliard (August’s nephew) in 1931, after he moved from California to New York, and today the park is famous also for its contribution to the arts in the local area, as it hosts the city’s annual Live at Julliard summer concert series.
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