Park Planning | Completed Projects

NOTE: These materials are made available for archival purposes only.

Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Land Use Plan Amendment and EIR

The East Bay Regional Park District (Park District) has completed a Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. On November 20, 2018, following a public hearing, the Park District Board of Directors certified the EIR, adopted the Mitigation and Monitoring Program and Findings, and adopted the LUPA. The focus of the LUPA and EIR is expansion of the Preserve with the addition of two properties located southward and eastward toward the City of Orinda, the unincorporated community of Canyon, and the Town of Moraga.

The LUPA describes the existing conditions in the 1,318-acre Project area and provides recommendations for future improvements. Project recommendations include two main components: 1) creek restoration and enhancement; and 2) recreation and public access improvements. The recreation and public access improvements include six main elements: 1) improvements to existing staging areas, 2) improvements to existing park roadways, 3) bridge installation, 4) trail system expansion, 5) recreation facility development, and 6) improvements to utility infrastructure.

The EIR addresses the potential physical, environmental effects for each of the environmental topics outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the recommendations provided in the LUPA (Project).

To view the Final LUPA, the EIR with incorporated revisions, the EIR Technical Appendices, the Final EIR Response to Comments, Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program and Findings, as well as documentation of the public process leading up to the publication and adoption of these documents, please refer to the downloads below. The District uses Google Translation services and it is available in the footer of every web page, directly under the Subscribe button.

Download: Sibley Final LUPA - November 2018 (268 pp.)
Download: Sibley LUPA EIR with Incorporated Revisions - November 2018 (647 pp.)
Download: Sibley LUPA EIR Appendices - November 2018 (651 pp.)
Download: Sibley LUPA Final EIR Response to Comments, MMRP, Findings - November 2018 (814 pp.)

Dotson Family Marsh (formerly Breuner Marsh) Restoration & Public Access Project

The Park District has completed a restoration and public access project at the Dotson Family Marsh at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Key project goals included restoring historic San Francisco Bay wetlands, closing a key gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail, and developing other public access facilities. The newly restored marsh has been designed to provide high quality habitat for threatened and endangered species, such as the Ridgway’s rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse. Trails and other public access amenities are now open for the public to enjoy.

Download: Project Completion Brochure - (2 pp.) - 2017
Download: Dotson Family Marsh (formerly Breuner Marsh) Project Update (2 pp.) - 2016-2017
 Dotson Family Marsh (formerly Breuner Marsh) - Notice of Availability of Final EIR (1 pg.) 
Download: Dotson Family Marsh (formerly Breuner Marsh) - Final EIR (190 pp.) - 6/12/12
Download: Dotson Family Marsh (formerly Breuner Marsh) Draft EIR  (510 pp.) - 3/09/2012
Download: Dotson Family Marsh (formerly Breuner Marsh) Draft EIR - Appendices Part 3 (601-725 pp.) - 3/12/2012
 Dotson Family Marsh (formerly Breuner Marsh) Project Schematic Grading 24x36 (1 pg.) - 7/26/2011

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 (79 pp.) - 10/29/2013
Download: Ardenwood Farm Historic Buildings Demo Project Initial Study Checklist - Public Draft (85pp.)  - 7/26/2013
Download: Final EIR/Response to Comments Document (33pp.) - 1/31/2014

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 was 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.)  - 1/17/2011

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 link below is the draft 4(f) report which documents those findings.

Download: Iron Horse Trail - Draft Section 4(F) Report (112 pp) - 12/07/2011

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 were submitted to: Mr. David Woolley, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 “N” Street, Fresno, California 93721,

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 (23 pp.) - Dec. 2008

FEMA Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – Fact Sheet

The East Bay Regional Park District is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP).  This plan is an educational and planning document that is intended to raise awareness and understanding of the risk and potential impacts of natural hazards and to help guide the District in its mitigation priorities in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner.

Making the District more disaster resistant and disaster resilient means taking proactive steps and actions to protect life safety, reduce property damage, minimize economic losses and disruption, and shorten the recovery period from future disasters. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now requires each special district to adopt a multi-hazard mitigation plan or annex to an anchor plan to remain eligible for future pre- or post-disaster FEMA mitigation funding.  Thus, an important objective in developing this plan is to maintain eligibility for FEMA funding and to enhance the District’s ability to garner future FEMA mitigation funding.

The District has convened an internal planning team and retained a local hazard mitigation expert to assist in the plan development.  We will be posting regular plan updates on this website and will welcome comments, suggestions, and other inputs from everyone with an interest in making the District as disaster resistant and disaster resilient as possible.  The District held public meetings for community feedback during preparation of the LHMP.

**Note: All FEMA downloads updated as of February 2, 2017

Download: Chapter 1 Introduction DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 2 District Profile DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 3 Planning Process DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 4 Goals DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 5 Adoption Implementation DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 6 Earthquakes DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 7 WUI DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 8 Drought DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 9 Floods DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 10 Landslides DRAFT (DOC)
Download: Chapter 11 Other Natural Hazards (DOC)