March 29, 1980
Groundbreaking for the Monterey County Agricultural and
Rural Life Museum (MCARLM) at San Lorenzo Park.
June 24, 1980
Peter Dangermond resigned to become Director of the
California Parks System.
August 26, 1980
Jon “Pete” Soderberg appointed as fourth Director of Parks.
April 18, 1981
Grand opening of Laguna Seca Recreation Area. Celebrated
opening of added campground, lake, picnic areas and
April 17, 1982
Museum dedicated at first annual Valley Heritage Day at San
September 17, 1987
Pope John Paul II visits Laguna Seca Recreation Area and
gives mass to approximately 70,000 spectators. This was the
largest spectator event in the history of Monterey County.
Laguna Seca track extended from 1.9 miles to 2.214 miles to
accommodate the world grand prix international circuit for
500 cc motorcycles.
April 7, 1988
Laguna Seca raceway hosted the first international
motorcycle road racing Grand Prix to be held in the United
States since 1965.
April 22, 1989
First Earth Day held at Toro Park