Reopenings, Ribbon Cuttings, and New Park Name
July - August 2021
Summer is here, and we have some exciting news to share! Many of our swim facilities, campgrounds, group picnic sites, and visitor centers are open once again for the public to enjoy. In response to the community’s needs, we reopened these facilities as soon as possible and safely allowable by local health orders.
We are also proud to offer new and renovated facilities for visitors to enjoy at Del Valle Regional Park and Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. The Del Valle Visitor Center has been renovated and expanded with completely new, interactive, bi-lingual (English and Spanish) educational exhibits about the rich diversity of wildlife that live in the Del Valle area and the important role that Lake Del Valle plays in moving and storing water for residents in eastern Alameda County. At Black Diamond, the new Coal Mine Experience inside the Hazel-Atlas Mine transports visitors back in time with an immersive underground experience complete with sights and sounds of an active 1870s-era coal mine that gives visitors a greater understanding and appreciation for the area’s coal mining past.
Even more exciting news is the nationally recognized naming of the new regional park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station as “Thurgood Marshall Regional Park – Home of the Port Chicago 50”. This name recognizes the history and social justice significance of the deadly Port Chicago explosion, the bravery of the fifty men who stood against unsafe and unjust working conditions, and Thurgood Marshall whose advocacy on their behalf as an attorney for the NAACP led to the desegregation of the U.S. military.
I hope you are as excited as we are that things are reopening. While 99 percent of the Park District’s parklands, shorelines, and trails have remained accessible during the pandemic, we are thrilled that we’ve been able to reopen so many services and amenities for the public in recent days, and that such great new experiences are available for all to enjoy.
See you on the trails and in your Regional Parks!
Sabrina B. Landreth