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Park Planning | Recently Completed Projects

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Recently completed projects

Ardenwood Historic Buildings Demolition Project

In  February 2014, the EBRPD Board of Directors certified an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analyzed 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.  As a last resort, in late 2014, EBRPD, in partnership with the City of Newark, demolished the Bettencourt House and Mowry Schoolhouse.  EBRPD committed to salvage as much materials as possible from these two structures and partnered with CrossWinds Church to reuse wood and fixtures at its new church campus located in Livermore.   EBPRD coordinated with Spencer Hadley, a Fremont resident, to completely take apart the Brown House to be moved off-site and rebuilt on Mr. Hadley’s property in  Fremont.

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: Final EIR/Response to Comments Document (2.1 MB, 33pp.)

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

The East Bay Regional Park District in partnership with the City of Pleasanton conducted 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 built 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 )

Contra Loma Resource Management Plan

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Contra Loma Reservoir and Recreation Area (Contra Loma) located in Antioch, California. Contra Loma Regional Park is managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and the Antioch Community Park is managed by the City of Antioch under management agreements with Reclamation. The Contra Costa Water District operates and manages the reservoir under a separate contract with Reclamation. The draft RMP provides alternatives for future use of the project area for recreation and resource protection and management. The purpose of the EIS is to help Reclamation evaluate the actions that will ultimately be included in the RMP.

Written comments may be submitted to: Mr. David Woolley, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 “N” Street, Fresno, California 93721, dwoolley@usbr.gov on or before July 2, 2014.

Carbon Sequestration Evaluation (2008)

A carbon sequestration analysis was conducted to demonstrate the value of the District’s lands in climate regulation and its role in supporting California’s aggressive goals for greenhouse gases (GHGs) reduction set forth in recent legislation, namely the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. To do this, the value of the District’s land as a carbon stock and sink was evaluated. The size of the carbon stock, combined with the amount of amount of carbon flux, identifies the land’s value for carbon sequestration. The average amount of CO2 sequestered annually by the District’s lands is estimated to be 91,157 metric tons (Mt). This represents an equivalent offset of approximately 0.02% of California’s GHG emissions. In more familiar terms, the carbon sequestration occurring on District lands is equivalent to removing 16,317 passenger cars and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) from the road annually.

See the full report: East Bay Regional Park District Carbon Sequestration Evaluation