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The David Yearsley River Heritage Center

An Easter Sunday walk to the David Yearsley River Heritage Center.

The David Yearsley River Heritage Center The David Yearsley River Heritage Center The David Yearsley River Heritage Center
"The Petaluma River is a symbol of Southern Sonoma County’s unique culture, history and geography” Friends of the Petaluma River Promo Video

We took a little walk on Easter Sunday to check out the The David Yearsley River Heritage Center.  If you have ever walked down 1st Street, you have probably seen the barn already.  Looking east towards the river, it's the big red building with “Ghirardelli” painted white on a blue background on the side facing downtown.

Named after the late river advocate David Yearsley, the River Heritage Center is located on a peninsula accessible from the corner of East D Street and Copeland,  just east of the drawbridge. There is a small parking lot there. You can also easily walk from downtown Petaluma.

The path to the barn wanders along the river and during our walk, all the roses along the pathway were in full bloom. Once we got to the barn and the field, there were no shortage of wildflowers including vibrant patches of California poppies.  There were two people still inside the River Center and it was open  – so we took a peek inside.  The barn is a big space with places to sit and small boats, life jackets, and other rowing equipment neatly stored. The folks who were still there said that they offered free boat rides every Saturday morning for anyone who is interested in seeing the river up close.

After we left the barn, we  spent the rest of our afternoon wandering peacefully around the pathways through the field. It was a beautiful walk on a lovely day. In the distance south we could see walkers heading south along riverside pathways, but we decided to stay in the general area of the barn.

For more information on Petaluma’s many waterways click here.

For more information on how you can help the David Yearsley River Heritage Center grow and thrive, click here.

Petaluma is a great place to live, work, and play. Interested in buying a home here or refinancing the home you already  have? Give me a call at (707) 763-6290, email me at js@emortgages.com, or visit us on the web at emortgages.com

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