Message from the General Manager: January - February 2020

Robert E. Doyle

Thank You for Your Feedback!

As we move -into an exciting new decade, I’d like to thank you for your support and participation in helping us make the East Bay Regional Park District a truly valuable addition to your quality of life. Your comments, concerns, appreciation, or critiques make our organization better and allow our staff to stay focused on high standards of service, and ways to continuously improve.

Last summer, the Park District used a community survey to ask the public about their interests in services and priorities. We solicited input online through our website and in person at several parks and events.

Over 8,000 people responded to the community survey offered in English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese!

What we heard is that our communities LOVE our parks and their contribution to quality of life. More than half of respondents said they use our trails for walking or hiking. Our theme of Healthy Parks Healthy People is resonating as physical health, managing stress, and spending time with family and friends, ranked as the primary reasons people visited their regional parks!

The survey results also identified wildfire, drought, and impacts of climate change as significant concerns within our communities. Rest assured that the Park District will continue its work in climate adaptation within our parks and along shorelines to help buffer our communities from wildfire and flooding. Our year-round, on-the-ground work includes forest thinning, vegetation management and shoreline enhancement to ensure our parks are helpful fuel breaks and sea level buffers in our region.

We will continue to work on three areas of interest identified by survey responses: installation of water bottle filling stations, more recycling/compost containers in parks or along trails, and additional nature programming for adults.

We appreciate the comments and ideas you've shared to improve your park experience. The full report on survey results will be available in early 2020.

We look forward to continuing the conversation and doing our part to meet our communities' needs.

Have a great year!