|Good News on Richmond's Bay
April 7, 2004
The following first quarter update on the bay Trail has been provided by TRAC (Trails for Richmond Action Committee):
Since TRAC, the Trails
for Richmond Action Committee, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary
this July, it seems appropriate to begin this first quarter Richmond Bay
Trail report by highlighting the value of the Bay Trail. The Bay Trail
offers free, convenient opportunities for recreation, exercise and
transportation, as well as a scenic, refreshing refuge from the daily
pressures of urban life. Everyone has the opportunity to connect with
San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, which are the defining features of the
Bay Area. People of every ethnic group, economic means and age share
the Bay Trail. It's accessible to all from babies in strollers to older
folk who may be physically impaired. The Bay Trail is for all
generations and represents a legacy for future generations to enjoy. TRAC
knows about generations. Spanning more than two generations, TRAC
Steering Committee members have both children and grandchildren who are
less than one year old.
Bruce Beyaert, TRAC
Point San Pablo PeninsulaPoint Molate Naval Fuel Deport / Point San Pablo Peninsula Open Space Study
A $210K feasibility study, jointly funded by the State Coastal Conservancy, City of Richmond, EBRPD and Muir Heritage Trust (with Federal funds) has been initiated by Richmond's LSA Associates, Inc. The study will examine the feasibility of creating a regional park and open space on the western half of the San Pablo Peninsula north and south of Pt. Molate. The park also may include the shoreline within the former Pt. Molate NFD. The study area follows the proposed route of the Bay Trail spur along the peninsula shoreline north from the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge to the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. The study is benefiting from participation and cooperation by ChevronTexaco, which is one of the major landowners on the peninsula, and Upstream Investments, which is the master developer for the former Pt. Molate Naval Fuel Depot.
Wildcat/San Pablo Creek Trail
EBRPD embraced plans developed by Richmond's Questa Engineering in cooperation with West County Wastewater District (WCWD) for a Bay Trail connection between San Pablo Creek and the Wildcat Creek Regional Trail. This trail around the Bay side of WCWD facilities will connect to the existing Class I Bay Trail along the Richmond Parkway and the planned Bay Trail around the landfill perimeter.
South of Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
EBRPD has selected Richmond's Questa Engineering and others to plan the Bay Trail route on EBRPD and City lands between Point Pinole Regional Shoreline and Goodrick Avenue where the City has built an existing Class I Bay Trail along the Richmond Parkway. This study is funded by ABAG.
Contra Costa County Open Space Measure
The Contra Costa Open Space Measure will help build trails and preserve Contra Costa County's last remaining natural lands, including shorelines, ridges and the lands around creeks and streams. Sponsored by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, the proposed Measure allocates funding for both the acquisition of open space and the maintenance of existing parklands. Ballots will be mailed to property owners on June 10. This measure is supported broadly, not only by environmental and citizen groups but also by the business community as exemplified by the Contra Costa Council, which is the business advocacy group for our County.
TRAC endorses this County ballot measure It specifically provides $5 million toward completion of the Bay Trail, as well as $5 million for shoreline open space in Richmond, $2 million towards completion of the Wildcat Creek Regional Trail from the Bay to Alvarado Park, $2 million for projects in the El Cerrito area from Hoffman Marsh to the hills, $5 million for creek and restoration projects and $5 million for other trail projects. In additon, West County cities of Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo and Pinole with nearby unincorporated areas would receive direct per capita allocations totaling over $5 million for community priority park and open space projects.
The Coalition for Open Space, a broad coalition of environmental, business, labor and community leaders who have helped bring the ballot measure forward, needs your help to get word out and gather support for passage. For more information, visit the Coalition's web site at http://www.contracostaopenspace.org or contact County Community Relations Coordinator Ivy Morrison, at (925) 381-4187 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org