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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                 Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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June 21, 2018                                      EPA Today Facebook page Follow epatoday on Twitter EPA Today Blog Icon
Revised at 5:19 p.m.


Photo of Afro Haitian dance performance
Photo courtesy of the Presidio Trust 

Do you know of any agencies that get federal recognition for their environmental programs and, at the same time, offer programs that celebrate cultural diversity?

If you named the Presidio of San Francisco you’d be right. The Presidio national park, which is managed by the Presidio Trust fits both categories.

Just this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had selected the Presidio Trust for its efforts to conserve resources and save taxpayers money.

The national parks agency was one of three recipients to receive praise from the EPA for its high standing in the Federal Green Challenge competition (https://www.epa.gov/fgc) the EPA issued to federal agencies throughout the U.S. in 2017. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the U.S. Forest Service were the two other agencies gaining recognition.

According to EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt, the three agencies were “part of a national effort that resulted in approximately $22 million in cost savings in the last year.”

While the government gave kudos to the Presidio Trust for having activities that "improved its efficiency and minimized its environmental impact," Bay Area residents are discovering that the Presidio offers far more than its recognition this week would suggest.

For the past six years, on every Sunday of the month, the Presidio Trust has held an event called the Presidio Picnic, which features multi-cultural programming, including such well-known musicians as Marcus Welby and John Santos.

Since January of this year, area residents and visitors alike have come from all over the Bay Area to gather on the Presidio’s spacious grounds to celebrate the diversity of the region and enjoy the new Cultural Dance Series, which was added to the Presidio's multi-cultural presentations.

Now, on the fourth Sunday of each month, the Presidio highlights the music, dances and the cuisine of a featured cultural group in its Cultural Dance Series.

On Sunday, June 24, the Presidio Picnic will offer a day of family-friendly activities, international cuisine and entertainment to showcase Afro-Haitian dance performances by the Alafia Dance Ensemble from the City College of San Francisco's dance program and a live Zumba lesson led by Gigi Hill-Hopkins, the director of African American holistic wellness at Bayview YMCA.

Is it any wonder that on Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Presidio won the 2018 Silver Cable Car award for being San Francisco’s Best Visitor Destination. San Francisco Travel, a business that provides tourist and travel information, presented the award.

In an exclusive interview featured in the EPA Today Online Blog post, Margaret Casey, the cultural & community programs manager for the Presidio Trust, and Mariella Morales, who is a professor at the City College of San Francisco and a director of the Alafia Dance Ensemble, talked with me about the Presidio Trust and its cultural programs.  See the post and hear the interview here.

During the Presidio Picnics' June 24 festivities, special guest chef Dimitri Lilavois will serve up Haitian-Caribbean food from his food-truck Manjé to bring the vibrant flavors of the Caribbean to the Bay Area to tickle everyone’s palate.

In addition to Lilavois, the picnic will also feature more than 25 international mobile food creators representing the San Francisco food scene, music, lawn games, yoga, bike safety classes, and nature based arts and crafts for kids.

The day will also recognize Juneteenth, the holiday celebrated on June 19 that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

On the fourth Sunday of the month from July through October, the Cultural Dance Series will feature four exciting groups: The China Dance Theater on July 22; the Parangal Dance Company (Filipino) on August 26, Travel Backyard,(Indian) and on October 14, the Manuia Polynesian Revue.

Get more information at https://www.presidio.gov/presidio-picnic 


Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of the above article, can be contacted by email at epatoday@epatoday.org