May 11, 1976
Acquired Manzanita Park (then called the “500 acres” in the Prunedale area. After construction of an entry road, water and electrical system, development of the park by the county was curtailed due to lack of funding (Proposition 13). The North County Youth Association, a local nonprofit group, has raised nearly $200,000 in funds and has developed a sports complex in the park.
July 1, 1976
San Lorenzo Park was opened to the public.
January 14, 1977
Jacks Peak Park was opened to the public.
December 9, 1977
Earl Smith retired as Parks Director.
April 11, 1978
Peter Dangermond was hired by the Board of Supervisors as the Department’s third Director of Parks. He set the Parks Department on a direction of self-support with the development of Laguna Seca as a revenue-producing recreation area as a major goal.