THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF PAVING SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD THROUGH SAMUEL P. TAYLOR PARK — FEBRUARY 6, 2014
Sir Francis Drake Boulevard was originally a trail used by the Coast Miwoks to travel and trade with the adjoining tribes along the San Pablo Bay shoreline. It was first paved in 1929 ,when the WPA funded and completed a project to pour a concrete road. In the late 1990s, Marin County began raising funds for the repaving of a 5.4-mile stretch though Samuel P. Taylor State Park. It was a complex project because of endangered coho salmon in the adjacent stream and it took 12 years to fund at a cost of over $8 million. Supervisor Steve Kinsey dubbed it “a fish project with a road in it.” Holding the scissors from left to right, surrounded by colleagues and project supporters, are Danita Rodriguez, Superintendent, California State Parks; Steve Kinsey, County Supervisor; and Dave Bernardi, Project Manager, Marin County Department of Public Works; Dick Ghilotti, General Contractor.