The Park District Board of Directors today authorized the acquisition of 1,885 acres of open space known as “Roddy Ranch” in Eastern Contra Costa County, a key piece in the District’s plan for the development of a new regional park in Deer Valley. The property is located along Deer Valley Road in the City of Antioch and in the adjacent unincorporated area of Contra Costa County to the south of the city.
“This acquisition is extremely important to the creation of Deer Valley Regional Park. Today is a great day for East County residents who will get a future regional park in their backyard ,” said Robert Doyle, General Manager.
Envisioned along with the new park is a regional trail that would connect Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve to Round Valley Regional Preserve.
“The property is a beautiful, picturesque level valley flanked by prominent ridgelines on both sides. It will offer a great opportunity for the public to experience nature and see wildlife at its best,” General Manager Doyle added.
The property is home to threatened and endangered species including the tiger salamander and California red-legged frog. The East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy has designated the majority of the property as a high priority for acquisition and protection due to its significant habitat for protected species. Not included in the Park District’s purchase but within the acquisition’s property boundary is the 230 acre Roddy Ranch Golf Course and four other parcels of 280 acres total that are owned by either the Roddy Family or McCauley Investments.
“The Roddy Family are prominent and long-time ranchers with a vision to see this property enjoyed by future generations rather than be developed,” added Doyle. “We can’t thank them enough for their partnership.”
The Park District will enter into an option to purchase the acreage for $14.2 million which is the appraised fair market value. Up to 90% of the purchase price will be funded in partnership by the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy with grants from the California Wildlife Conservation Board and a private foundation. East Bay Regional Park District Measure WW land acquisition and capital funding, approved by voters in 2008, will pay for the balance.
Because of the site’s important biological resources the Park District plans to place the new acreage into land bank status until a Land Use Plan can be completed for Deer Valley Regional Park.
The East Bay Regional Park District also owns and manages twelve regional parks for East Contra Costa County residents including:
Antioch Shoreline and Pier (Antioch),
Bay Point Wetlands (Bay Point),
Big Break Visitor Center and Shoreline at the Delta (Oakley),
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve (Antioch),
Brown Island, off the coast of Antioch shoreline,
Clayton Ranch Regional Park, Clayton (currently in landbank status)
Concord Hills Regional Park (formerly Concord Naval Weapons Station – currently not yet transferred from the U.S. Navy),
Contra Loma Regional Park and Lagoon (Antioch),
Deer Valley Regional Park (currently in landbank status)
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve (Brentwood/Livermore),
Round Valley Regional Preserve (Brentwood),
Vasco Caves Regional Preserve (Brentwood/Livermore).