Property acquired by the Park District often is not suitable for immediate public use, due to such factors as lack of public road access, the need to eliminate unsafe conditions, the need to protect natural or man-made resources, or the need to acquire contiguous land.
Land Bank properties may be either a portion of a future East Bay Regional Parkland, or an opportunity acquisition, easement, or gift of land which has not been specifically identified as potential parkland in the Master Plan.
Such property is not opened to the public immediately, but remains in land bank status until the constraints on public access are removed.
While in land bank status, property is maintained at the minimum level necessary to protect District interests.
The process of opening land bank property for public use is specific to the unique features of that land. Generally the process takes a number of months or years, and may involve environmental assessment, a land use planning process, and infrastructure improvement. It also depends on funds available to do the required work.
Opportunities for public review and input on future parkland uses are provided as part of the land use planning process. For information on current land use plans refer to our Park Planning page.
Funding for land acquisition comes from various sources, including Measure WW and grants from non-profit, private and public sources. The timing of land acquisition does not necessarily mesh with the availability of funds for improvement and operation. When this happens, an acquisition qualifies for land bank status.