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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, to accommodate growth and changes in priorities, the District prepares Land Use Plan Amendments for individual parks.

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

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve Land Use Plan Amendment

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, located in unincorporated Contra Costa County immediately north of Mount Diablo, south of the City of Antioch and east of the City of Clayton, has been open to the public since 1976.  The Preserve is recognized for its natural beauty, geologic formations and mining history, and is one of the most unique and important interpretive parks in the 65-regional park system that covers Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  The Preserve contains significant biological resources, both plant and animal, and a variety of vegetation types that provide cover and food for several protected animal species, including Western pond turtle, Alameda whipsnake/striped racer, California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander.  The Preserve also has a rich cultural history and is listed on the state and national historic registers.  From 1853 to the early 1900s 12 coal mines and several town sites were developed in the foothills north of Mount Diablo.  For a time, the Mount Diablo Coal Field was the largest coal producing area in California, and the largest coal mine was Black Diamond Mine.  Sand Mining also occurred starting in the late 1920s.  

The Park District is preparing a land use plan amendment and environmental review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Preserve to incorporate and open to the public close to 5,000 additional acres of land adjacent to the park, bringing the total land in the Preserve to just under 10,000 acres.  The planning area affords opportunities to open several local trailheads to the public and two new staging areas: the Arata Ranch Recreation/Staging Unit at the northern boundary and the proposed Clayton Ranch Recreation/Staging Unit that will provide vehicle access to the southern edge of the Preserve at Marsh Creek Road.  The bulk of additional land is located south of the existing park and north of Marsh Creek Road just east of the City of Clayton.  Here, in partnership with various agencies and organizations, including the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy, the Park District has pieced together 4,200 acres of contiguous open space through multiple acquisitions spanning almost two decades.  The project also includes a major section of the proposed Black Diamond Mines to Round Valley Regional Trail that would be located outside of the Preserve; approximately two miles of this proposed six mile trail segment would be located on existing dirt roads.  

The Park District aims to develop a balanced plan to protect and enhance scenic, natural and cultural resources while providing the public with opportunities for trail use, camping, environmental education and outdoor enjoyment.  The land use plan amendment will establish a long-range vision that integrates resource management with public access, use and interpretation.  The Park District has held two public meetings for this project: one in 2013 in Antioch and another in 2015 in Clayton.  Staff is working on incorporating public input into the draft land use plan amendment, which should be released for public review soon.  For additional information, please contact Senior Planner, Raphael Breines, at 510-544-2325.

Download: Project Area Map

Miller Knox Regional Shoreline

Help us Re-Vision 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!  The planning process was initiated in May 2013, for a Land Use Plan Amendment and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  A Land use Plan Amendment is a long-range planning document that updates a previously prepared Land Use Plan.  It recommends programs for managing and conserving park resources and offers proposals for future recreational use.  The EIR is an environmental document prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act that analyzes the potentially significant environmental impacts associated with implementation of a project, in this case, implementation of the LUPA.  The EIR also specifies mitigation measures to reduce the significance of identified environmental impacts.  In May 2013, the District published a Notice of Preparation of an EIR for the Land Use Plan Amendment.  An on-site public Scoping Meeting was held on June 8, 2013, which was well attended and included a tour of the park.  The handouts from the Scoping Meeting, “A Walk in the Park,” can be downloaded from the link below.  After the Scoping Meeting, the District initiated consultant studies to evaluate options for the lagoon and for the buildings at Ferry Point, both of which are critical elements of the Land Use Plan Amendment.

  • For the lagoon, the District is considering whether to breech the levee to San Francisco Bay, which would create a tidal flow regime and a beach or to leave the lagoon as it currently exists and schedule routine dredging.
  • For the buildings at Ferry Point, the District is considering whether to refurbish one or both of the buildings for commercial or passive interpretive use or to demolish one or both of the buildings.

Both of these studies wer completed in early 2015. The Districtis considering recommendations to include in the Land Use Plan Amendment and then will host a public workshop to share information and receive public input for the Land Use Plan Amendment. Notices will be provided to those on the project contact list and will be posted at the Miller/Knox information boards and on this website. After the public workshop, District staff will complete the Land Use Plan Amendment and will begin work on the EIR. District staff is coordinating with City of Richmond staff regarding the Terminal One development Plan. Please contact Michelle Julene, Park Planner at or (510) 544-2351 for additional information or to be added to the project contact list.

Download: 2014 Land Use Plan Amendment Poster
Download: 2013 "A Walk in the park"
Download: 2013  "Un Paseo en el Parque"
: 2013 Notice of Preparation
Download: 2013 Public Meeting Notice and Map
Download: 2000 Bray Oil Property, Checklist Amendment
Download: 1999 Bray Oil Property, Negative Declaration
Download: 1995 Ferry Point, Negative Declaration
Download: 1995 Ferry Point, Land Use Plan Amendment
Download: 1983 Miller Knox Regional Resource Analysis
Download: 1983 Miller Knox Regional Shoreline LUDP and EIR
Download: 1976 George Miller Jr. Memorial Regional Shoreline EIR

Oyster Bay Land Use Plan Amendment

The District’s Board of Directors approved the Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and adopted the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline on December 17, 2013.  The LUPA will guide the future development of Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline including a new primary access and parking, formalization of the trail system, resource management, a bicycle skills area, a disc golf course, and a dedicated off-leash dog area. The MND analyzed the potentially significant environmental impacts that could result from implementation of the LUPA and adopted mitigation measures to ensure that environmental impacts remain at a less than significant level.

Currently, District staff is proceeding with design of the Davis Street Access, the bicycle skills area, and the disc golf course.  Please contact Michelle Julene, Park Planner, at or (510)544-2351 for additional information.

Download: August 2012 July Public Input Meeting Comments
October 2013 Response to Meeting Comments
December 2013 Final LUPA  (3.7 MB, 73 pp.)
December 2013 Final LUPA Map   (302 KB, 1 pp.)
Download: December 2013 Final Mitigated Negative Declaration  (11.9 MB, 148 pp.)
October 2013 Public Notice: Oyster Bay Draft Initial Study and Public Meetings 
Download: March 2014 Notice of Public Meeting - Bicycle Skills Area

Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Land Use Plan Amendment Public Meeting

The East Bay Regional Park District (Park District) Acquisition, Stewardship and Development Division is currently preparing a Land Use Plan Amendment for Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. The focus of this Land Use Plan Amendment will be on the addition of two new properties to Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve that will extend the preserve eastward to more directly serve the City of Orinda, the unincorporated community of Canyon and the Town of Moraga.

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:30 PM the Park District held the first community meeting for this planning process at the Richard C. Trudeau Conference Center. Materials from the April 6, 2016 meeting are provided below. The second community will be held in the fall of 2016. The date and location of the fall meeting will be posted on this web site when confirmed.

Download: April 2016 PowerPoint from Meeting Presentation
 April 2016 Study Area Map [JPG]
Download: April 2016 Summary of Community Input

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 Restoration and Public Access Project is located in McLaughlin Eastshore State Park between Buchanan Street and Gilman Street.  The McLaughlin Eastshore State Park General Plan was adopted in 2001.  The plan identified a number of park improvements for the Albany waterfront area.  In 2011 the District completed a study to evaluate the feasibility of these improvements and to include the public in the project scoping and planning process (Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access Feasibility Study, January 2011). 

The Project is being constructed in three phases.  Phase One construction was completed in 2015.  It reconstructed 1,800 linear feet of shoreline on the south side of Albany Neck to protect water quality and preserve and enhance public access.  Phase I shoreline work also implemented living shoreline principles identified in the San Francisco Bay Sub-tidal Habitat Goals Report.  These features include bird roosting islands, tide pools, a small pebble beach and an oyster shell reef.  These features have boosted the ecological value of the site for fish and shorebirds and have greatly enhanced shoreline protection and resiliency.

Phases 2 and 3 of the project are scheduled for construction in 2017/2018:  Phase 2 includes beach and dune enhancement, and construction of a non-motorized watercraft launch, restroom, parking and approximately 800 feet of new San Francisco Bay Trail at Albany Beach; Phase 3 will result in construction of 4,200 feet of new San Francisco Bay Trail on the shoreline between Albany Beach and Gilman Street.

Download: Albany Beach - Project Update Aug. 2016 (1 MB, 2 pp.)
Download: Albany Beach - Final EIR  Nov. 2012 (20 MB, 363 pp.)
Download: Albany Beach – Comments and Responses for Draft EIR Nov. 2012 (14.3 MB, 322 pp.)
Download: Appendices A, B, C, D, E, F, H, I, K (20 MB, 502 pp.)
Albany Beach Draft EIR Appendices, unchanged in Final EIR: NOP, Initial Study, Scoping Comments, Visitor Use Restrictions, GHG Modeling, Cultural Resources Assessment, Coastal Engineering Report, Implementation Approach, Eastshore General Plan, Traffic and Parking.

Download: Albany Beach - NOA for Draft SEIR Dec. 2014 (80 KB, 1 pg.)
Download: Albany Beach - Draft SEIR  Dec. 2014 (789 KB, 45 pp.)
Download: Albany Beach - Final SEIR NOC  May 2015 (105 KB, 1 pg.)
Download: Albany Beach - Final SEIR - Comments and Responses  May 2015 (5.4 MB, 437 pp.)
Download: Albany Beach - Final SEIR - Supplemental Comments and Responses May 2015 (1.2 MB, 17 pp.)

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 Project Update 2016-2017 (2 pp.)
Breuner Marsh - Notice of Availability of Final EIR (1 pg.)
Download: Breuner Marsh - Final EIR, June 12, 2012 (190 pp.)
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR  (510 pp.) - 3/12/2012
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR - Appendices Part 3 (601-725 pp.) - 3/12/2012
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...

HASPA Sea Level Rise Study

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

FEMA Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – Fact Sheet

The East Bay Regional Park District is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP).  This plan is an educational and planning document that is intended to raise awareness and understanding of the risk and potential impacts of natural hazards and to help guide the District in its mitigation priorities in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner.

Making the District more disaster resistant and disaster resilient means taking proactive steps and actions to protect life safety, reduce property damage, minimize economic losses and disruption, and shorten the recovery period from future disasters. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now requires each special district to adopt a multi-hazard mitigation plan or annex to an anchor plan to remain eligible for future pre- or post-disaster FEMA mitigation funding.  Thus, an important objective in developing this plan is to maintain eligibility for FEMA funding and to enhance the District’s ability to garner future FEMA mitigation funding.

The District has convened an internal planning team and retained a local hazard mitigation expert to assist in the plan development.  We will be posting regular plan updates on this website and will welcome comments, suggestions, and other inputs from everyone with an interest in making the District as disaster resistant and disaster resilient as possible.  The District will also have public meetings on dates to be announced for community feedback during preparation of the LHMP.

If you or your group want to be listed as a stakeholder to receive progress and plan updates, please let us know and we will add you to the list. The draft LHMP is schedule to be submitted to FEMA by the end of 2016 with final approval and adoption by the EBRPD Board of Directors by April 2017. For more information please contact Assistant Finance Officer, Jeff Rasmussen, at (510) 544-2130 or 

Lone Tree Point

Download: Lone Tree Point Feasibility Report (94 pp.)
Download: Lone Tree Point Feasibility Site Map (1 pg.)

Narrow Natural Surface Trails: Managing Multiple Use

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

Niles Canyon Regional Trail

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) in partnership with the County of Alameda, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), and the Alameda County Water District (ACWD), have completed the Niles Canyon Regional Trail Connectivity Feasibility Study. This study includes a six mile Class I trail connecting Niles to Sunol identified in EBRPD’s Master Plan Update in 2013. 

Several public meetings were held to collect comments and concerns about the components of the study between October 2014 and October 2015.  Three alternative routes and the environmental and historical impacts of each are included in the study.  The report also includes analysis of a portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail which crosses the Niles Canyon Railroad, and a multiuse trail connecting SFPUC’s Sunol Water Temple to Vargas Plateau. There is no identified funding at this time to finalize the design and complete environmental review pursuant to CEQA.

Download: Niles Canyon Regional Trail Connectivity Feasibility Study (86 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 ended on Thursday September 1, 2011. A public hearing on the document was held August 23, 2011 at Pinole City Hall.  For more information please contact Sean Dougan at (510) 544-2611 or email

Download: Final EIR (421 pp.)
Download: Appendices (264 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 this action upon Section 4(f) resources, a De Minimis finding has been made. The below link is the final 4(f) report which documents those findings.

Download: San Francisco Bay Trail: Pinole – Final 4(f) Report (18 pp.)

Tilden Nature Area Sediment Basin Excavation and Pond Restoration

Tilden Regional Park is one of the original East Bay Regional Parks, established in 1936. It is located on the border of western Contra Costa County and eastern Alameda County. The Park is situated entirely within the Wildcat Creek watershed. The watershed is characterized as highly erosive, with much of the erosion originating from landslides and in-channel erosion within the watershed. The sediment basin in the Tilden Nature Area is just one of several instream impoundments that can be found in the upper watershed. These impoundments are maintained to preserve the District’s lakes and ponds, their associated aquatic ecosystems and in some cases, listed species and species of special concern. The EEC sediment basin traps sediment from the reach downstream of Lake Anza and helps maintain the function of Jewel Lake. Under the District’s Routine Maintenance Program, dredging can be performed annually with a crawler excavator and limited to 200 cubic yards annually at the EEC sediment basin. The last dredging to occur at this location was in 2009 and more than 200 cubic yards of sediment will need to be dredged for the basin to return to full functional capacity. The project area provides habitat for federally threatened California Red-legged frog (CRLF), rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), California newt (Taricha torosa), and a number of riparian dependent birds. Due to the amount of sediment to be removed from the basin, along with the presence of a federally listed species, project-specific regulatory permits must be obtained.

Three ponds were constructed in Tilden Nature Area to enhance wildlife habitat while providing educational opportunities for the public. The ponds are not directly connected to Wildcat Creek and water from an East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) line is currently used to supplement the ponds. The water system used to fill the ponds is in need of replacement. In addition, EBMUD water is not currently treated for chloramines which may pose a risk to CRLF early life stages. Adult CRLF have been observed in Tilden Nature Area and egg masses have been observed in the interpretive ponds. As mitigation for excavating the sediment basin, these ponds will be re-contoured to provide more suitable habitat for CRLF and a filter system will be installed to remove chloramines from the supplemental water. A new trail system utilizing decomposed granite and boardwalk is also proposed to enhance park user experience and also EBRPD’s Interpretive Program.

Download: Tilden Nature Area - Draft IS/MND (298 pp.)
Download: Tilden Nature Area – Notice of Availability (1 pg.)

A staff explaining a park project Aerial view of Brown Island Big Break Pier Preview