East Bay Regional Park District
|East Bay Regional Park District|
|Location||East Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States|
|Area||112,000 acres (45,300 ha)|
The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a special district operating in Alameda County and Contra Costa County, California, within the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Area. It maintains and operates a system of regional parks which is the largest urban regional park district in the United States. The administrative office is located in Oakland.
As of 2012, EBRPD spans more than 112,000 acres with 65 parks and over 1,200 miles (1,900 km) of trails. Some of these parks are wilderness areas; others include a variety of visitor attractions, with opportunities for swimming, boating and camping. The 1,100 miles (1,770 km) of trails are frequently used for biking, hiking, and horse riding. Nearly 150 miles (241 km) of paved trails through urban areas link the parks together. In 2013, EBRPD began acquiring Roddy Ranch a 1900 - acre additional tract in east Contra Costa County. The new acquisition will create a nearly continuous offer zone of undeveloped land in eastern Contra Costa County from Black Diamond Mines Regional Park to Marsh Creek State Park.
The EBRPD was founded in 1934, and acquired its first land two years later, when the East Bay Municipal Utility District sold 2,166 acres (876.5 ha) of its surplus land. The founders of the district included Robert Sibley, a hiking enthusiast, Hollis Thompson, then Berkeley City Manager, and Charles Lee Tilden, among others.[dead link] William Penn Mott, Jr. served as director of the agency from 1962 to 1967, and oversaw a doubling of the system's acreage from 10,500 to 22,000.
In June 2013, EBRPD purchased a 1,900 acres (770 ha) tract of land formerly known as Roddy Ranch in east Contra Costa County. The tract lies south of Antioch and west of Brentwood.The cost was reported as $14.24 million. Funding will also be provided by California Wildlife Conservation Board and an unidentified private foundation. The acquisition does not include Roddy Ranch Golf Club or about 240 acres of privately owned land inside the project boundary. The East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy will install gates, fencing and signs around the tract in the coming year, while the sale is in escrow. The new area will likely be named Deer Valley Regional Park.
The parks administered by the EBRPD vary greatly in size and character. Particularly notable are the string of parks along the Berkeley Hills above and east of both Berkeley and Oakland, including Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, Tilden Regional Park, Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, and Redwood Regional Park.
There are also bay shore parks such as the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline north of Richmond, the Coyote Hills Regional Park near Fremont, the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline on San Leandro Bay, and the Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline south of the Oakland International Airport.
The district also includes a former farm, a former coal mine, an extinct volcano, and one of the biggest dog-walking parks in the country. Redwood Regional Park contains the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood in the East Bay.
- Alameda Creek Regional Trail
- Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail
- California Riding and Hiking Trail
- Contra Costa Canal Regional Trail
- Delta de Anza Regional Trail
- Iron Horse Regional Trail
- Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail
- Marsh Creek Regional Trail
Public safety and support
The work of the EBRPD is supported by a voluntary body, the Regional Parks Foundation, which raises funds for the improvement of the parks. The EBRPD is a member of the Bay Area Open Space Council.
- "Profile". East Bay Regional Park District. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
- Burgarino, Paul. East County Times. "Ranch's future at last secure." June 20, 2013.
- "History". East Bay Regional Park District. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
- Glen Martin. "A hard-bought swath of green Nature lovers' living legacy: Nation's largest urban park district always short of cash". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
- William Penn Mott, Jr. biography, California State Parks Foundation
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to East Bay Regional Parks District.|
- East Bay Regional Park District - official site
- Regional Parks Foundation
- Regional Parks Association
- Bay Area Hiker - descriptions of many EBRPD trails