Letter from the General Manager: July - August 2018

Robert E. Doyle

Regional Parks Are Better Today Thanks to Measure CC
A Message from General Manager Robert E. Doyle
July - August 2018

Regional parks in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties are better today than they were in 2004 thanks to voter-approved Measure CC. Measure CC funding has helped remove flammable and hazardous material, improved public access to regional parks, and helped take care of the natural habitat that wildlife depends on. However, Measure CC is set to expire soon.

Safe and Healthy Forests/Wildfire Hazard Reduction:
Wildfires are potentially devastating to our parks, homes, lives, and forests. Thanks to Measure CC over 500 acres of urban forests and brush along East Bay ridgelines have been thinned. Each year, the Park District spends over $1.6 million on fire hazard reduction – much of it thanks to Measure CC.

Additionally, with the help of the Civicorps youth job training program, the Park District recently treated 75 targeted sites in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, Tilden Regional Park, Tilden Nature Area, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, and Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve.

Better Public Access and Park Services:
Thanks to Measure CC many regional parks, trails and open spaces in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties have been repaired and upgraded, including visitor centers, staging areas, trails, picnic tables, restrooms, and water fountains, among others – allowing for better park experiences and enhanced educational programs.

Enhanced Wildlife Habitat:
Thanks to Measure CC, many natural areas in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties have been restored and preserved, including shorelines, marshes, wetlands, and urban creeks – helping protect habitat for endangered species.

Over the past year, the Park District has been evaluating park needs in the Measure CC area and engaging the community and stakeholders about a potential measure extension – with no change in the tax rate structure.