Move in State Senate to add Trione name to Annadel
The first steps have been taken to add the late Henry Trione’s name to the Annadel State Park title when a resolution was recently passed in the California Senate’s Natural Resources Committee.
SCR 79, sponsored by State Senator Mike McGuire, would urge the State Park and Recreation Commission to add Henry Trione’s name to the Annadel State Park title in order to recognize his vision, generosity and dedication to Sonoma County, while retaining Annadel in the park’s historic name. The proposed new name would be: Trione-Annadel State Park.
“It’s because of Mr. Trione’s vision and generosity that generations of Northern Californians will enjoy this amazing park that features ancient oak woodlands, breathtaking meadows, flowing streams and miles of hiking and biking trails,” McGuire said. “Henry Trione’s most significant and enduring contribution to Sonoma County and the State of California is the creation of Annadel State Park and we can’t thank him enough for protecting this sensitive open space, forever.”
Trione died earlier this year at the age of 94. Starting out as a son of an Italian immigrant, Trione worked at his father’s Humboldt County bakery. He was a Navy veteran and he went on to become a successful local businessperson.
Throughout the years, 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 Annadel State Park.
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.
Senator McGuire’s resolution is supported by the California State Parks Foundation, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, the Santa Rosa City Council, and U.S. Congressmen Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman. Principal co-authors of the resolution are Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblymembers Bill Dodd, Jim Wood and Marc Levine.
After approval in the Senate Natural Resources Committee, SCR 79 will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee before heading to the Senate Floor.