Atlas Road Bridge & Dotson Family Marsh Dedication
Please join the General Manager and Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Park District for the dedications of the Atlas Road Bridge and the Dotson Family Marsh at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Atlas Road Bridge Dedication
Program will begin at 11 a.m.
The bridge serves as both a vehicle and ADA compliant pedestrian bridge, which also connects to the San Francisco Bay Trail. The completion of the new bridge is part of a multi-phase project that will eventually lead to additional picnic areas, a new playground and the route to a new interpretive center for the park.
This $11 million project was additionally funded through local bond Measure CC and the following grantors:
• California State Parks
• California Natural Resources Agency
• Contra Costa Transportation Authority
• City of Richmond
Ribbon-cutting will follow program. Light snacks will be provided.
We will continue the day with an approximately 1-mile trail walk to the Dotson Family Marsh ceremonial event. Comfortable walking shoes and water bottles are recommended.
Dotson Family Marsh Dedication
Program will begin at 1 p.m.
Celebrate with East Bay Regional Park District as we rename Breuner Marsh as the Dotson Family Marsh in honor of the family’s environmental legacy to save the Richmond shoreline from development. Through the efforts of the Park District and the passion of nearby Parchester Village residents, including the Dotson family, the marsh escaped numerous attempts at commercial, business and residential development. EBRPD Board Member Whitney Dotson’s father, the Reverend Richard Dotson was determined to keep the marsh wild and open, and a beautiful natural place for the local community to enjoy.
The 150-acre site has undergone an extensive $14 million habitat restoration and public access project funded by more than 10 agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the East Bay Regional Park District through local bond Measures CC and WW.
• California Coastal Conservancy
• California Wildlife Conservation Board
• Plan Bay Area Priority Conservation Area
• Castro Cove Trustees
• US Fish & Wildlife Service
• Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Plan
• California State Department of Parks and Recreation
• San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
• San Francisco Bay Trail Project
The newly restored marsh is designed to be a self-sustaining wetland complex that will filter polluted run-off and provide high quality habitat for threatened and endangered species, such as the ridgeway rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse. The project also includes a 1.5-mile extension of the San Francisco Bay Trail, helping to close the remaining 10 miles of Bay Trail gaps within Richmond’s current 32 miles of existing trail, and providing the first safe, non-motorized access to Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. It also includes a 24-space parking lot, restroom and picnic area.
Ribbon-cutting at the Boardwalk will follow program. Light lunch will be provided.