Park Planning

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.

> District Master Plan

> Land Use Plans in Process
> > Black Diamond Mines Land Use Plan Amendment
> > Miller Knox Regional Shoreline
> > Oyster Bay Land Use Plan Amendment

> Other Plans, Projects and Environmental Review

> > Albany Beach Habitat
> > Ardenwood Historic Buildings Demolition Project
> > Carbon Sequestration Evaluation (2008)
> > CNWS - Concord Naval Weapons Station
> > Contra Loma Resource Management Plan
> > Breuner Marsh Restoration
> > Iron Horse Trail
> > HASPA Sea Level Rise Study
> > Stanford Avenue Staging Area Expansion Project
> > Narrow Natural Surface Trails: Managing Multiple Use
> > Pleasanton Ridge Land Use Plan
> > San Francisco Bay Trail: Pinole Shores to Bayfront Park Draft EIR

> Land Bank

> Public Meetings / Notices - Land Use Link

> Bids and RFPs Link

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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 an entire park. It 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 the District and the public keep abreast of information that is critical to managing the parks wisely. An 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 receiving comment from residents); 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. It also establishes 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 create an LUP for every park.

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

Black Diamond Mines Land Use Plan Amendment

The East Bay Regional Park District is preparing a Land Use Plan Amendment for Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve to incorporate and open to the public 575 additional acres of land adjacent to the park.  The planning area affords opportunities to open three local trailheads to the public and a new staging area at the former Arata Ranch along Somersville Road to include parking and public and staff facilities that will contribute to environmental and historical education.  The Land Use Plan Amendment will establish a long-range vision that integrates resource management with public access, use and interpretation.  Please join us on the evening of November 14, 2013, at the Antioch Community Center, as Park District staff will present a preliminary park design concept and an update on the planning process.  We invite you to share your ideas for improving the Preserve and to help identify issues to address in the land use plan amendment and environmental review documents.  Please see the public notice, below. 

This will be the first of several public meetings on this project.  In the winter staff will release a draft plan and CEQA analysis for public review. 

Download: Public Input and Environmental Scoping Meeting Notice and Map

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! Join the District for "A Walk in the Park".

Saturday. June 8, 2013. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: 900 Dornan Drive, Richmond, CA

Download: Public Meeting Notice and Map 
Download: Notice of Preparation

Oyster Bay Land Use Plan Amendment

A Draft Land Use Plan and CEQA Environmental Document have been issued for public review and comment, and may be downloaded below.  The plan will guide the future development of Oyster Bay, including new automobile access and parking, further development of the trail system and new activity areas, including a Bicycle Skills Park, Disc Golf Course and Off-leash Dog Area, and a revegetation plan for the park.  A public meeting to review and discuss the plan will be held on Thursday, November 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Garfield Elementary School, 10350 Aurora Drive, San Leandro.  Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on November 15, 2013.  Please see the Public Notice, below. 

Supporting Documents   

Download:
July Public Input Meeting Comments
Download:
Draft LUPA
Download:
Draft LUPA Map 
Download: Draft Initial Study 
Download:
Public Notice: Oyster Bay Draft Initial Study and Public Meetings 
Download:
Response to Comments

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 project site is within Eastshore State Park.  The Eastshore State Park General Plan, which describes a long-range master plan for Eastshore State Park, including the project site, was completed in 2002.  In 2010 the EBRPD contracted with a team of consultants lead by LSA Associates, Inc. to prepare more detailed studies evaluating restoration and public access options identified in the Eastshore State Park General Plan for improvements at Albany Beach.  These planning documents, in addition to public input from the EBRPD’s Board Executive Committee in September 2010, January 2011, and April 2011, and workshops held in December 2010 and February 2011, formed the basis for the Preferred Project Plan for Restoration and Public Access for Albany Beach.  Concepts for the Bay Trail along Golden Gate Fields (Area 3) were separately developed by Questa Engineering, in consultation with the EBRPD, over the period from 2006 through 2010. A public scoping meeting to solicit comments on issues that should be covered in an Environmental Impact Report for the project was held at the Board Room of the EBRPD headquarters in Oakland on April 12, 2012. EBRPD completed the Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for the project on November 08, 2012.  The Final EIR responds to comments received during the public review period on the Draft EIR and makes revisions to the Draft EIR, as necessary, in response to these comments.  A copy of the Notice of Availability of the Final EIR and the Comments and Responses for Draft EIR (Final EIR) are available for download from the links below.

Download: Albany Beach - Final EIR ( 20 MB, 363 pp.)
Download: Albany Beach – Notice of Availability of Final EIR (1.3 MB, 2pp.)
Download: Albany Beach – Comments and Responses for Draft EIR (14.3 MB, 322 pp.)

Download: Albany Beach Draft EIR (19.5 MB, 356 pp.)
Albany Beach Draft EIR Appendices:
Download: Appendices A, B, C, D, E, F, H, I, K (20 MB, 502 pp.)
(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: Appendix G –Feasibility Study (1 of 2) (20MB, 253 pp.)
Download: Appendix G –Feasibility Study (2 of 2) (17.6 MB, 129 pp.)
Download: Appendix J - Eastshore State Park General Plan EIR (9 MB, 279 pp.)

Ardenwood Historic Buildings Demolition Project

The three buildings, belonging to Alameda County’s mid-19th century farm period, are considered to be historic and potentially eligible for listing in the California Register of Historic Resources. All are in a state of considerable deterioration and are available as-is, at the cost of $1.00 to any individual or organization who will commit to relocating and restoring them at its own expense and reusing them for any purpose. The buildings are currently located on cribbing, ready for relocation, at the Ardenwood Regional Preserve, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont, California. Houses must be removed by December 31, and a letter of intent must be received by Sept. 30, 2013, addressed to the East Bay Regional Park District, c/o Ira Bletz, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA  94605.

 > Notice of Availability of The Ardenwood Historic Buildings Demolition Project 
 > Public Review Draft Ardenwood Historic Buildings Demolition Project [10-29-2013] 
 > Ardenwood Farm Historic Buildings Demo Project Initial Study Checklist 07-26-2013 Public Draft (1.3 MB, 85pp.)
 > Notice of Preparation - Ardenwood Houses (3) (500 KB, 1pg.)
 > Available to Relocate - Ardenwood Houses (3) (300 KB, 1pg.)
 > Notice of Completion/Notice of Availability of Final EIR (180 KB, 2pp.)
 > Final EIR/Response to Comments Document (2.1 MB, 33pp.)

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 - Notice of Availability of Final EIR ( 1 pg.)
Download: Breuner Marsh - Final EIR, June 12, 2012 (190 pp.)
Download: Breuner Marsh Project - Fact Sheet (1pg.) - 2/11/2014
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR  (510 pp.) - 3/12/2012
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR - Appendices Part 1 (1-300 pp.) - 3/12/2012
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR - Appendices Part 2 (301-600 pp.) - 3/12/2012
Download: Breuner Marsh Draft EIR - Appendices Part 3 (601-725 pp.) - 3/12/2012
Download:
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...

Contra Loma Resource Management Plan

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is preparing a Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of the Contra Loma Reservoir and Recreation Area, which includes Contra Loma Regional Park and Antioch Community Park. The RMP will be the guide for future land and water resources management decisions at Contra Loma, which is owned by Reclamation. The East Bay Regional Park District manages recreation at the park under agreement with Reclamation. The Contra Costa Water District and the City of Antioch manage water and the Community Park under separate agreements.
Upcoming Public Workshop
Reclamation will be hosting its second public workshop to inform the development of the RMP on Thursday, March 3, 6-8 PM at Prewett Family Park and Community Center (4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531). Workshop participants will have the opportunity to:

 Learn about the process and timeline for Contra Loma planning and environmental review
 Understand how community input has helped inform the process to date
 Provide input on possible future actions and how they relate to uses, including recreation
 Identify opportunities for improving resource management and recreational experiences at Contra Loma
Download: Contra Loma Resource Management Plan Workshop Flyer (2 pp.)

For more information about the workshop, please contact Ben Gettleman at: (415) 391-7900 or bgettleman@kearnswest.com.

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

The East Bay Regional Park District in partnership with the City of Pleasanton will conduct 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 will build 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 )

HASPA Sea Level Rise Study

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

Narrow Natural Surface Trails: Managing Multiple Use

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

Pleasanton Ridge Land Use Plan

Download: Pleasanton Ridge Land Use Plan (325 pp.)

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 will begin on Tuesday July 19, 2011 and will end on Thursday September 1, 2011. A public hearing on the document is scheduled for Tuesday evening August 23, 2011 at Pinole City Hall. For more information please contact Sean Dougan at (510) 544-2611 or email sdougan@ebparks.org

Download: Notice of Availability (2 pp.)
Download:
Public Review Draft EIR (290 pp.)
Download: Appendices (264 pp.)
Download: Response to Comments (100 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 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: San Francisco Bay Trail: Pinole – Draft Section 4(f) Report (17 pp.)

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