The East Bay Regional Park District is pleased to announce the completion of projects improving public use facilities at Tilden Regional Park, and the simultaneous re-opening of the Tilden Merry-Go-Round.
The popular Tilden Nature Area in Tilden Regional Park includes the Environmental Education Center, Little Farm, and nature trails, and is adjacent to many of Tilden’s family picnic sites and reservable picnic areas. Earlier this year, the Tilden Nature Area and the north end of Tilden Regional Park were partially closed to allow for a major maintenance project in the park.
Projects at the Tilden Nature Area and the northern end of Tilden Regional Park included:
• Major infrastructure replacement work for a sanitary sewer system partially funded as a voter-approved project in the 2004 Measure CC bond and by Measure WW development funds approved by voters in 2008.
• Renovations to the Indian Camp parking lot, turn-around and curbs.
• Path upgrades providing improved Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant access. A newly renovated paved trail from the Indian Camp playground all the way to the Little Farm is ADA compliant.
• Renovations of the restrooms at the Little Farm, including an ADA-compliant concrete pathway.
• Repainting of the interior of the Environmental Education Center (EEC), and replacement of the carpet.
• Repairs to the flooring in the EEC as needed.
The first phase improvements for the Tilden Nature Area sanitary sewer system included removal/abandonment of existing sewer holding tanks and septic systems, installation of gravity sewers, installation of a sewer pump station and force main, and installation of a 9,000-gallon holding tank located near the base of Canon Drive. The project reduces the need for trucks to enter the heavily visited Tilden Nature Area to remove sewage.
In addition to the completion of maintenance projects in the park, park visitors will note the re-opening of the Tilden Merry-Go-Round under new management. Visitors may purchase ride tickets for the vintage Herschell-Spillman carousel on site, near the Tilden Nature Area. Daily hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., July 3 through September 1.
Other attractions at the park include the Tilden Golf Course, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Lake Anza swim beach, Native Here plant nursery, Brazilian Room, Redwood Valley Railway and the Golden Gate Live Steamers miniature railroad club.
For more information about Tilden Regional Park, call 1 (888) 327-2757 or visit www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden.