Message from the General Manager: March - April 2020

Robert E. Doyle

New Bay Trail Connection Enhances Recreation, Green Transportation

 Thanks to your support of Measures WW and CC, a new one-mile segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail near Albany Beach is nearly complete – creating a continuous 18-mile trail segment from Oakland to Richmond. The project also restores beach habitat and improves public access at Albany Beach, including additional parking, restrooms, and picnic tables. 

When complete, the new trail will provide spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline, and significantly enhance the region’s green transportation network – taking cars off the road and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Reclaiming the shoreline for public use has been an important part of our mission. First envisioned in 2000 with the adoption of the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park General Plan, the project overcame significant challenges, including right-of-way acquisition, permitting, engineering, and funding.

Funding included $3 million from the Coastal Conservancy, $1.6 million from the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC), $1.5 million from Measure CC, $1.3 million from the Cosco Busan Trustee Council, $1 million from Measure WW, and $750,000 from California Resources Agency Urban Greening funds.

We are proud to provide yet another public access improvement project for East Bay residents. We hope you enjoy the new Bay Trail, new facilities, and green transportation benefits. The grand opening is expected
in Spring 2020.

See you in your Regional Parks and on your Regional Trails!