Congressman Thompson and Senator McGuire lead tribute effort
Sacramento, CA – Last year, after the death of Mr. Henry Trione, Congressman Mike Thompson and State Senator Mike McGuire brought forward an official request to add Mr. Trione’s name to Annadel State Park after his death at age 95.
State Senator Mike McGuire authored a resolution which received bipartisan, unanimous support in both the State Senate and Assembly to recognize and honor Henry Trione’s significant positive impact to the creation and preservation of Annadel State Park by adding his name to its title. In addition, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Santa Rosa City Council, both members of Congress representing Sonoma County, the entire State Legislative delegation and the State Park’s Foundation supported this initiative over the last year.
After the testimony of over 30 residents in support of the name change and significant discussion, the California State Parks Commission voted unanimously this morning to approve the name change to: Trione-Annadel State Park.
“Adding a name to a State Park is serious business and deserves significant consideration and the community must lead in the conversation. Adding Mr. Trione’s name earned a groundswell of support from the neighborhood level and today’s action will forever honor the legacy and contributions of the individual who was responsible for the creation of this beloved State Park,” Senator McGuire said. “It is because of Mr. Trione’s vision and generosity that generations of Northern Californians will love these 5,000 acres for generations to come.”
Congressman Mike Thompson has been a leading proponent of honoring Mr. Trione’s legacy by re-naming the Park, Trione-Annadel State Park.
“It’s a direct result of Henry Trione’s vision, foresight and sheer determination that we have this magnificent park today,” said Rep. Thompson. “He was a generous man who always put his community and its people first. It is fitting that he be recognized and that his name will live on as an example of selfless dedication and generosity. Henry’s work made the park a reality, and it should bear his name. I commend the California Parks and Recreation Commission for its thoughtful deliberations this morning and I look forward to hiking in the newly named Trione-Annadel State Park in the near future.”
Throughout the years, Mr. Trione gave away much of his fortune in support of the arts, social service programs to help the neediest North Bay residents and he spearheaded the effort to create one of Sonoma County’s most beloved parks, Annadel.
During the budget crisis in 2012, when state parks were closing down, Henry Trione was the one who personally provided the majority of the funds needed to keep Annadel State Park open and thriving. He helped rally the community to keep the park accessible to the public and under county administration – where it continues to this day.
Contact: Kerrie Lindecker, Kerrie.Lindecker@sen.ca.gov or (707) 319-3654