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The East Bay Regional Park District will acquire, develop, manage, and maintain a high quality, diverse system of interconnected parklands which balances public usage and education programs with protection and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.

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District Master PlanMaster Plan Link

The District Master Plan defines the vision and the mission of the East Bay Regional Park District and sets priorities for the future. It explains the District's multi-faceted responsibilities and provides policies and guidelines for achieving the highest standards of service in resource conservation, management, interpretation, public access and recreation. The Master Plan is designed to maintain a careful balance between the need to protect and conserve resources and the recreational use of parklands for all to enjoy now and in the future. It was prepared with the active participation of the District's citizen-based Park Advisory Committee and with extensive review and comment from the community. The District's first master plan was approved in 1973. The Master Plan is revised and updated periodically to reflect new circumstances to which the District must respond. For updated information, please see the Master Plan page.

Land Use Plans in Process

A Land Use Plan (LUP) is the long-range plan for a park. It inventories and evaluates park resources; documents and recommends programs for managing and conserving these resources; discusses key planning issues; indicates relevant policies; and offers proposals for future recreational and service facilities to provide for the range of public recreational needs in the park.  LUPs help District staff and the public keep abreast of information that is critical to managing the parks wisely.  A LUP typically includes a description and evaluation of existing facilities and natural and cultural resources; an assessment of public needs (which the District has ascertained by conducting surveys and public meetings and receiving comments from the community); and a discussion of issues such as legal agreements and restrictions; adjacent land uses; pedestrian and vehicular access and circulation; parking; selection of appropriate recreational activities; and options for facilities and utility service. LUPs also establish land use designations, which indicate the various levels of resource protection and recreational intensity in the parks. Not all regional parklands have LUPs; one of the District's long-term goals is to prepare an LUP for every park.  As needed, they accommodate growth and changes in priorities, the District prepares Land Use Plan Amendments for individual parks.

The following land use plans and environmental documents are currently available for public review: 

Black Diamond Mines Land Use Plan Amendment

The Park District is preparing a Land Use Plan Amendment for Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch to incorporate and open to the public 575 additional acres of land adjacent to the park.  The planning area affords opportunities to open three local trailheads to the public and a new staging area at the former Arata Ranch along Somersville Road to include parking and public and staff facilities that will contribute to environmental and historical education.  The Land Use Plan Amendment will establish a long-range vision that integrates resource management with public access, use and interpretation.  A public input meeting was held on November 14, 2013, at the Antioch Community Center.  At that meeting, Park District staff presented a preliminary park design concept and an update on the planning process.  The public shared its ideas and staff is incorporating this input into the draft Land Use Plan Amendment, which should be released to the public in 2015.  For additional information, please contact Senior Park Planner, Raphael Breines, at 510-544-2325. 

Download: Black Diamond Public Input and Environmental Scoping Meeting Notice and Map

Miller Knox Regional Shoreline

The East Bay Regional Park District is preparing a Land Use Plan Amendment for Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline and we want to hear your ideas! Join the District for "A Walk in the Park".

Saturday. June 8, 2013. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: 900 Dornan Drive, Richmond, CA

DownloadPublic Meeting Notice and Map 
Download: Notice of Preparation

Oyster Bay Land Use Plan Amendment

A Draft Land Use Plan and CEQA Environmental Document have been issued for public review and comment, and may be downloaded below.  The plan will guide the future development of Oyster Bay, including new automobile access and parking, further development of the trail system and new activity areas, including a Bicycle Skills Park, Disc Golf Course and Off-leash Dog Area, and a revegetation plan for the park.  A public meeting to review and discuss the plan will be held on Thursday, November 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Garfield Elementary School, 10350 Aurora Drive, San Leandro.  Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on November 15, 2013.  Please see the Public Notice, below. 

Supporting Documents   

Download:
July Public Input Meeting Comments
Download:
Draft LUPA
Download:
Draft LUPA Map 
Download: Draft Initial Study 
Download:
Public Notice: Oyster Bay Draft Initial Study and Public Meetings 
Download:
Response to Comments

Other Plans, Projects and Environmental Review

In addition to land use plans, the District prepares a range of documents covering District-wide plans, feasibility studies, restoration and resource management plans and emergency repair projects.  The District evaluates the environmental impact of planned projects in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and prepares the appropriate CEQA documentation for public review.  The District will notify the public here about the publication of other plans and CEQA documents, as well as public comment periods and meeting schedules. 

Albany Beach Habitat Restoration and Public Access Project

The Albany Beach Habitat Restoration and Public Access Project site is located at the end of Buchanan Rd and is within Eastshore State Park.  The Eastshore State Park General Plan, completed in 2002, describes a long-range master plan for Eastshore State Park.  The project implements General Plan improvements at the project site including erosion repair, tidal habitat, upland buffers, drainage and ADA access on south Albany Neck.  Beach improvements include dune and wetland restoration, ADA beach access, parking, restrooms and on-motorized watercraft launch.  A key gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail between Gilman and Buchanan will be constructed.  

The EBRPD completed the Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for the project on November 8, 2012.  Following the EBRPD Board’s approval and certification of the Final EIR, Sustainability, Parks, Recycling and Wildlife Defense Fund (“SPRAWLDEF”) challenged the Final EIR in court.  In response to the Court’s ruling, a Supplemental EIR is being prepared to address insufficiencies related to environmental impacts caused by dog use.  This ruling only affects the Albany Beach area of the project site, Phases 2 and 3.  Phase 1, the habitat restoration and public access along the south Albany Neck, is still covered under the original Final EIR and Notice of Determination (NOD).  Phase 1 construction is scheduled for next year, 2015. The project is funded from a mix of grant, mitigation, public and EBRPD funds.
A copy of the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of the Supplemental EIR, released October 16, 2014, is available for download from the links below.  The comment period for the NOP will close on November 15, 2014.

Download: Albany Beach - Final EIR ( 20 MB, 363 pp.)

Download: Albany Beach – Notice of Availability of Final EIR (1.3 MB, 2pp.)
Download: Albany Beach – Comments and Responses for Draft EIR (14.3 MB, 322 pp.)
Download: Albany Beach – NOP for Supplemental EIR (245 KB, 4 pp.)

Albany Beach Draft EIR Appendices:
Download: Appendices A, B, C, D, E, F, H, I, K (20 MB, 502 pp.)
(NOP, Initial Study, Scoping Comments, Visitor Use Restrictions, GHG Modeling, Cultural Resources Assessment, Coastal Engineering Report, Implementation Approach, Eastshore General Plan, Traffic and Parking)

Ardenwood Historic Buildings Demolition Project

In  February 2014, the EBRPD Board of Directors certified an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analyzing alternatives and adopted a Statement of Overriding Considerations to demolish three structures that were relocated to Ardenwood Historic Farm Regional Preserve, in the mid-1980s: the Brown and Bettencourt houses, owned by EBRPD, and the Mowry Schoolhouse, owned by the City of Newark. 
The Houses were not originally part of the Ardenwood Farm property, but were relocated to Ardenwood from other areas of Fremont to make room for development elsewhere in the City. The Houses have been stored adjacent to one another on above-ground piers in a corner of the park since the 1980s. The Houses now create a blight on this otherwise beautiful, highly visited Park resource.  The Houses have been plagued by break-ins and vandalism, creating a hazard risk of collapse, trespass or arson of the Houses themselves, and risk of damage to nearby structures and the adjacent neighborhood.  As detailed in the EIR, over the past 30 years, all three public agencies involved – the City of Fremont, the Park District and the City of Newark – have made extensive efforts to secure adequate public or private funding to relocate or restore the Houses. Most recently, as part of the EIR process, the District issued a public notice of the availability of the three Houses for $1.00 to any individual or organization who would commit to relocating and restoring them off-site at its own expense and reusing them for any purpose. The project received a lot of press in the local news and a prospective buyer for the Brown House came forward at the end of 2013.  To support the relocation attempts and avoid demolition of the Brown House, the District entered into an agreement with the prospective buyer that allowed until the end of October 2014 to relocate the House off-site.  None of the three public agencies involved have been able to secure financing for restoration of the Houses. Therefore, the Park District, in partnership with the City of Newark, is moving forward with demolition of the Houses only as a last resort.  On October 2, 2014, the City of Fremont Historical Architectural Review Board denied a demolition permit for the three structures.

Download: Notice of Availability of The Ardenwood Historic Buildings Demolition Project
Download: Public Review Draft Ardenwood Historic Buildings Demolition Project [10-29-2013]
Download: Ardenwood Farm Historic Buildings Demo Project Initial Study Checklist 07-26-2013 Public Draft (1.3 MB, 85pp.)
Download: Notice of Preparation - Ardenwood Houses (3) (500 KB, 1pg.)
Download: Available to Relocate - Ardenwood Houses (3) (300 KB, 1pg.)
Download: Notice of Completion/Notice of Availability of Final EIR (180 KB, 2pp.)
Download: Final EIR/Response to Comments Document (2.1 MB, 33pp.)

Breuner Marsh Restoration & Public Access Project

The Park District is developing a restoration and public access project at the Breuner Marsh at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline.  Key project goals are to restore historic San Francisco Bay wetlands, close a key gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail and develop other public access facilities.

Download: Breuner Marsh - US Fish and Wildlife Service Finding of No Significant Impact (80 pp.)
Download:
Breuner Marsh - Notice of Availability of Final EIR ( 1 pg.)
Download: Breuner Marsh - Final EIR, June 12, 2012 (190 pp.)
Download: Breuner Marsh Project - Fact Sheet (1pg.) - 2/11/2014
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR  (510 pp.) - 3/12/2012
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR - Appendices Part 1 (1-300 pp.) - 3/12/2012
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR - Appendices Part 2 (301-600 pp.) - 3/12/2012
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR - Appendices Part 3 (601-725 pp.) - 3/12/2012
Download:
Breuner Marsh Project Schematic Grading 24x36 (1 pg.) - 7/26/2011

Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS)
Concord's Opportunity for a Great Urban Regional Park

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) wants to partner with the City of Concord, the National Park Service, and appropriate stakeholders to provide a great urban regional park in Concord.

Link: Read more about Concord Naval Weapons Station project...

Iron Horse Trail - Dublin/Pleasanton BART to Santa Rita Road Study

The East Bay Regional Park District in partnership with the City of Pleasanton will conduct a feasibility study that determines the operationally-required elements, community-desired elements, and engineering challenges to building approximately 1.5 miles of the Iron Horse Trail in Pleasanton, between the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and Santa Rita Road. Currently, there exists a minimally-used right-of-way through the Hacienda Business Park, which could be used for the Iron Horse Trail. Once this gap is completed, bicycle and pedestrian access between the BART station, Hacienda Business Park and area residents will be greatly improved. The project is funded by the District, the City of Pleasanton and by Measure B transportation funds from the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

Download: Iron Horse Trail Feasibility Study and Master Plan (152 pp., 14 MB ) 

The East Bay Regional Park District in partnership with the City of Pleasanton will build approximately 1.5 miles of the Iron Horse Trail in Pleasanton, between the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and Santa Rita Road. The project is an action that is subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 U.S.C. 303 and 23 U.S.C. 138 [PL 110-17],[PL 97-449], [PL 86-670]). Section 4(f) of this legislation seeks to protect publicly owned public parklands, recreation areas, waterfowl and wildlife refuges, and significant historic sites from impacts - the "use" of these resources - by U.S. Department of Transportation actions. After an evaluation of the impacts of an action upon Section 4(f) resources, a finding must be made. The below link is the draft 4(f) report which documents those findings.

Download: Iron Horse Trail - Draft Section 4(F) Report (112 pp., 4.4 MB )

HASPA Sea Level Rise Study

Download: HASPA Sea Level Study: Version 15B (95 pp.)

Narrow Natural Surface Trails: Managing Multiple Use

Download: Narrow Natural Surface Trails: Managing Multiple Use (46 pp.)

Pleasanton Ridge Land Use Plan

Download: Pleasanton Ridge Land Use Plan (325 pp.)

Download: Notice: Pilot “Road-To-Trail” Conversion Project (1 pg.)

San Francisco Bay Trail: Pinole Shores to Bayfront Park Draft EIR

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) in partnership with the City of Pinole has completed an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a proposed section of the San Francisco Bay Trail along the San Pablo Bay shoreline in Pinole. This EIR analyzes the environmental impact of constructing a section of the San Francisco Bay Trail in Pinole between Pinole Shores and Bayfront Park, a distance of approximately 0.5 mile. The proposed project would extend an existing Class I non-motorized, paved trail from a hillside bluff across from Hazel Lane in Pinole Shores to the east, traverse down the bluff face, then cross over the UPRR tracks via a grade separated bridge to connect to an existing path in Bayfront Park. The public review period will begin on Tuesday July 19, 2011 and will end on Thursday September 1, 2011. A public hearing on the document is scheduled for Tuesday evening August 23, 2011 at Pinole City Hall. For more information please contact Sean Dougan at (510) 544-2611 or email sdougan@ebparks.org

Download: Notice of Availability (2 pp.)
Download:
Public Review Draft EIR (290 pp.)
Download: Appendices (264 pp.)
Download: Response to Comments (100 pp.)

The East Bay Regional Park District in partnership with the City of Pinole will build approximately .5 miles of the San Francisco Bay Trail in Pinole, between Pinole Shores and Bayfront Park. The project is an action that is subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 U.S.C. 303 and 23 U.S.C. 138 [PL 110-17],[PL 97-449], [PL 86-670]). Section 4(f) of this legislation seeks to protect publicly owned public parklands, recreation areas, waterfowl and wildlife refuges, and significant historic sites from impacts – the “use” of these resources – by U.S. Department of Transportation actions. After an evaluation of the impacts of an action upon Section 4(f) resources, a finding must be made. The below link is the draft 4(f) report which documents those findings. 

Download: San Francisco Bay Trail: Pinole – Draft Section 4(f) Report (17 pp.)

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