On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., Chevron U.S.A., Inc. will announce their effort to help extend the San Francisco Bay Trail at Point Molate, adjacent to the scenic shoreline in Richmond. The press conference will be held atop a bluff along Stenmark Road and will showcase the expansive views that the new trail alignment will offer.
Chevron U.S.A., Inc. has donated a Recreational Trail Easement in Richmond to the East Bay Regional Park District to complete a San Francisco Bay Trail spur along the shoreline of the Point San Pablo peninsula. Upon its completion, this approximate one-mile segment will provide unprecedented multi-use public trail access along the historic shoreline property extending from the foot of the eastern shore of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to Point Molate Beach Park.
This new trail alignment has long been identified in the Park District’s Master Plan as a planned site for a regional park at Point Molate which will extend the Bay Trail and connect to future segments in Richmond and Marin. It will be designed as close to the original corridor alignment as physically possible, in order to provide safe use of the trail and to maximize the visual enjoyment for users of the trail.
“Chevron’s easement to provide public access along this beautiful Point Molate shoreline is key to the development of this Bay Trail extension,” said Robert Doyle, EBRPD General Manager. “Refinery officials have been tremendous partners in moving this plan forward which will provide the public a huge benefit in being able to experience the gorgeous views,” he added.
“We are proud that we are able to help provide this important link to Point Molate Beach Park and the overall San Francisco Bay Trail network,” said Heather Kulp, Chevron Public Affairs Manager. “This provides the public new access to our beautiful Richmond shoreline in Point Molate, and continues our important partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District.”East Bay Regional Park District will be the lead agency in securing funding for design and construction of this trail extension and will provide matching funds as necessary from the Measure WW capital regional park bond approved by voters in 2008.
Location: Stenmark Dr./Pt. Molate 7A off Highway 580 North at the foot of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Richmond, CA
From I-580 W, take the Stenmark Dr./Pt. Molate 7A exit toward Point Molate (last exit before Richmond-San Rafael Bridge). Merge on to Stenmark Drive. Continue on Stenmark Drive until event signage directs you through a gate on the left side of the road.
From San Rafael/San Francisco:
From I-580 E, across Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, take the exit toward I-80 E/ Richmond Parkway/Point Richmond. Merge onto Standard Avenue. Continue onto Richmond Parkway. Take the ramp onto I-580 W. Take the Stenmark Dr./Pt. Molate 7A exit toward Point Molate (last exit before Richmond-San Rafael Bridge). Merge on to Stenmark Drive. Continue on Stenmark Drive until event signage directs you through a gate on the left side of road.
Chevron-EBRPD Press Conference: Point Molate San Francisco Bay Trail Easement
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.