To start the second half of our filming session, we interviewed Emily Rosenberg, Chair of the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park Board of Directors. This all-volunteer group is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders – hikers, dog walkers, bikers, equestrians, preservationists, historians, and neighbors – all dedicated to preserving and promoting Oakland’s premier 500+ acre wildland park. She discussed FOJMP’s history, their many recent accomplishments, and their plans for the future. FOJMP’s monthly meetings, held on the 2nd Monday of the month at the Joaquin Miller Park Community Center from 8:30am–10am, are open to the public.
We then headed over to Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park, where Mia and Rebecca – members of the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association and volunteer mounted patrol in the East Bay Regional Park District – graciously put on a show with their beautiful horses (we’ll save the gorgeous trail riding footage for the film).