The East Bay Regional Park District Board on December 6 approved the purchase for $1.45M of 362 acres directly east and adjacent to Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, located on San Pablo Dam Road in the City of Richmond.
"We are very pleased to be able to acquire this beautiful land, the largest parcel acquired by the district in west Contra Costa County in 35 years," said EBPRD Director Whitney Dotson of Richmond. The property contains a mix of oak woodlands and grassland, and will provide new public access from San Pablo Dam Road on the eastern side of Wildcat Canyon.
At park district staff recommendation, the property will be placed in land bank status until a land use plan amendment for the park can be completed.
"We are fortunate to have funds available from bond measures passed by the voters, at this time when strategically located lands are coming available on the market," said Dotson. "We are making great strides in achieving our mission to preserve open space, parks and trails for the healthful enjoyment of the public."
More information and photos are on the District web site on the Public Meetings / Notices page in the board meeting packet for December 6, 2011.