A number of East Bay Regional Parks construction projects in Alameda, Martinez, Pleasanton and Oakland were completed or made significant progress in 2013.
A $5.7 million project to replace sand on Crown Memorial State Beach and Alameda Beach was completed in December 2013. Crews pumped nearly 82,600 cubic yards of San Francisco Bay sand onto nearly two miles of beach, graded it, and now the beach and dune system is restored to its 1987 footprint. This will protect the shoreline of this popular recreational beach for many years.
In the Carquinez Regional Shoreline, stretching several miles between Martinez and Crockett, a $5.6 million project to construct the Martinez Intermodal to Crockett 1.7-mile segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail along Carquinez Scenic Drive is on schedule. During a planned break in the work between October 2013 and April 2014, the area remains closed to public use.
The project includes stabilization of embankments and cut slopes; installation of new and repair of existing drainage systems; and rehabilitation and construction of the old roadway to a multi-use, Class I bicycle/pedestrian trail. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2014.
A 1.5 mile extension of the Iron Horse Trail from Dublin / Pleasanton BART to Santa Rita Road to close a gap in the trail through Pleasanton is expected to open in early 2014. This $4.2 million project is part of the East Bay Green Transportation Initiative.
The trail link provides a safe, non-motorized route for adults and kids to travel between schools, homes, work and shopping, and connects the BART station and major corporate business offices and employment centers in Pleasanton, such as Kaiser Permanente in the Hacienda Business Park.
In Oakland, the dock at the Tidewater Boating Center was expanded. The project involved moving the pre-constructed dock to the site by trucks; lifting it into the water at the Martin Luther King Shoreline Center, and floating it across the water to the Tidewater Boating Center. All work is completed and the new dock is open to the public.
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.