The Tiburon Peninsula Foundation
from the plaque at the Sam Shapero Bridge as you walk from
Harveys Garden to McKegney Green in Blackie’s Pasture
In 1969, a visionary named Sam Shapero (who served as Tiburon’s
Town Treasurer), decided that Blackie’s Pasture needed to be
preserved and protected.
Sam did two things. He bought one third of the land and donated
it to a foundation he created–The Tiburon Peninsula Foundation. This
foundation then raised the money to buy another third. The foundation
gifted its two thirds to the Town of Tiburon on the condition
that the Town wrestle the remaining third from Caltrans.
The Town managed to do just that and from this start came not
only Blackie’s Pasture, but McKegney Green and the South of the
We are forever grateful to Sam Shapero.
Our Mission Statement
The Tiburon Peninsula Foundation contributes to the sense of community on the Tiburon Peninsula. Our mission is to develop projects, often in partnership with other organizations to strengthen the character of our community.