Trail Accessibility Reports
Trail accessibility reports for certain trails in East Bay Regional Park District parklands
Americans with Disabilities Complaint Form
Use this form if you believe the Park District has not provided satisfactory accommodation for a disability
ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan
Find out how our policies, programs, and facilities were evaluated for compliance with the ADA
A Wheelchair Rider's Guide: San Francisco Bay and the Nearby Coast
A guide to wheelchair-accessible parks by California Coastal Conservancy
Many of the District's parks have barrier-free parking, picnic areas, restrooms, drinking fountains, trails, and visitor centers. Roberts Regional Recreation Area has a barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible children's play area. The District works continuously to develop accessible facilities within its parks as part of its policy of responding to the outdoor recreation needs of everyone living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Please refer to our Public Transit page for numerous resources in assisting you in your travels to your Regional Parks.
- Trail Access
- Beach, Pool Access
- Playground Access
- Fishing Pier Access
- Recreation Programs
- Parks Express: Low Cost Transportation
- Telephone Access
- Interim Policy: Use of Other Power-driven Mobility Devices
- Website Accessibility
- Hiking Adventures with Bob '4WheelBob' Coomber
Each month, wheelchair hiker and motivational speaker, Bob Coomber, aka 4WheelBob, will offer several lively write-ups on his favorite East Bay Regional Park District hiking trails.
- A Wheelchair Rider's Guide to the San Fancisco Bay and Nearby Coast: Divided by region, the guide gives driving directions, trail descriptions, difficulty level, facilities available, interesting historic facts, wildlife viewing opportunities and lots more. This guide is available free of charge by calling 510-286-1015.
Our Family and Group campgrounds offer ADA Accessible campsites. There are tent or RV hook-up sites, and may include tables, drinking fountains and bathrooms. Please visit our camping page for more information about the sites.
Trail Accessibility Reports contain information related to trail length, type, uses, a short description, cumulative elevation change, typical grade and surface, and any hazards or obstructions. The goal is to provide valuable information so that park users can judge for themselves whether a particular trail is suitable to meet their needs. To read these reports, visit the Trail Accessibility Reports page.
Beach wheelchairs are available at four Regional Parks swimming lakes and one state beach:
- Contra Loma in Antioch
- Del Valle in Livermore
- Don Castro in Castro Valley
- Quarry Lakes in Fremont
- Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton
- Lake Temescal in Oakland
- Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda
- Tilden's Lake Anza in Berkeley
Beach wheelchairs, intended to provide a means for wheelchair users to travel across the beach, are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. They require an assistant to push and are not intended to enter the water. To arrange for use of a chair, call the park office prior to visiting. Arrangements will be made to bring the chair out to the beach. It takes approximately 15 minutes to prepare the chair. Staff will give a brief orientation of the chair's use and arrange a time for the chair to be returned.
The swim complex at Roberts Regional Recreation Area is fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. Accessibility features include an accessible lift into the pool waters and a fully accessible bathhouse.
Roberts Regional Recreation Area in the Oakland hills is home to the only specially designed barrier-free playground in the Bay Area and one of the largest playgrounds of its kind in the state.
Unveiled in 2006 is the new $1.5 million accessible fishing pier at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont.
NOTE: The accessible pier at Quarry Lakes is closed for repairs.
The pier juts far into Horseshoe Lake, one of Quarry's three lakes, to provide superb fishing opportunities or just a chance to get out onto the water. The fishing lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish.
The majority of the Park District's recreation programs are accessible. Every two months, the District's activity guide titled Regional in Nature lists dozens of programs ranging from outdoor photography, introduction to fishing, nature study programs, children's summer day camps, and much more. A PDF version of the guide can be downloaded online by visiting the Program Guides page or can be requested via mail by calling 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757 (press option 5, then 2, then 1). When registering for a program, be sure to indicate any special need requirements.
Parks Express is a program of the East Bay Regional Park District, providing low-cost transportation for low-income schools and groups serving children from low-income families, seniors or people with disabilities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to come to the East Bay Regional Parks. Information may be obtained by calling Parks Express at 510-544-2205 or...
Download: Parks Express Trip Brochure and Application Form (1.5 MB, 3 pp., PDF)
Apply online for: Parks Express
If you would like to coordinate a Naturalist Educational Program, contact the Visitor Center directly for more information on programs offered, application procedures, and deadlines. See a list of our Visitor Centers.
For accessible public transportation to the parks, visit the 511.org public transit website at http://transit.511.org/disabled or call 511 for the most current transit information. (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 800-448-9790; ParaTransit: 510-287-5000)
For persons with hearing impairments, please use the Telecommunications Relay Service at 711.
The East Bay Regional Park District ("Park District") is pleased to increase recreational opportunities for people with mobility disabilities by allowing the use of other power-driven mobility devices ("OPDMD") in areas where they can be operated safely, without posing risk of serious harm to natural and cultural resources, and in conformity with federal land management laws and regulations.
In order to ensure that OPDMD operation does not pose significant safety risks nor fundamentally alter the nature of services, programs, and activities provided by the Park District, all OPDMDs operated in regional parklands must meet the standards below.
This policy applies only to OPDMD (non-wheelchair) usage. In accordance with federal law, wheelchairs and manually powered mobility aids, such as walkers, crutches, canes, braces, and other similar devices are permitted anywhere in the Park District where pedestrian travel is allowed.
Download > Interim Policy: Use of Other Power-driven Mobility Devices (PDF)
The East Bay Regional Park District is constantly working to improve its Web site and to make it accessible to all visitors. The following resources are available to interested parties and to visitors with vision impairments.
- LowBrowse a FREE Firefox Extension
Windows, Macintosh, and Linux
- Readability a FREE Web browser Add-on ans App
Windows, Macintosh and Linux
- System Access To Go a FREE browser-based screen reader
Microsoft Internet Explorer
- The Web Accessibility Toolbar (Donationware)
Microsoft Internet Explorer
List of available screen readers
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Web Accessibility Resources
- California's Ability Tools Network - California Assistive Technology System
- The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research - U.S. Department of Education
- LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- The Alliance for Technology Access
- Center for Accessible Technology [CAT]
CAT > Links to Assistive Technology Resources
- The Web Accessibility Tools Consortium [WAT-C]
- The San Francisco LightHouse - Access to Technology Program
Access to Technology Services and Programs
- WebAnywhere - Free Web-Based Screen Reader
- Wikipedia on Web Accessibility
- Adobe Acrobat Reader - Accessibility Version - Free
Screen reader users and persons with low vision should also download the Adobe Reader update to use the "Read Out Loud" feature.