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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 restrooms.

April 17, 1982
Museum dedicated at first annual Valley Heritage Day at San Lorenzo Park.

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.

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