On August, 14 the East Bay Regional Park District held its first of two public meetings on planned improvement to Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. The project, known as the Coyote Hills Restoration and Public Access Project, includes the addition of 306 acres along the eastern boundary of the existing Coyote Hills Regional Park.
“The project represents a significant opportunity to enhance public access and restore natural habitat,” said East Bay Regional Park District Environmental Programs Manager Chris Barton. “We appreciated the community’s interest in the Coyote Hills Restoration & Public Access Project and value their feedback.”
Over 40 local residents attend the August 14 meeting, which discussed the project goals, scope, and potential improvements. Attendees were encouraged to share their priorities for the project, including public access, preservation and habitat restoration.
“We received great feedback from the community,” said Barton. “It’s clear that the community is interested in improving public access, especially enhancing trail connections, parking, and creating a more functional and visible public entrance.”
“There was also interest in reestablishing and enhancing wildlife habitat areas,” added Barton.
Coyote Hills Restoration & Public Access Project goals and opportunities include: providing a more prominent park entrance, improving parking and trail access, restoring and enhancing wetland and grassland habitat, increasing plant and animal diversity, providing climate and environmental education, and continuing the site’s existing organic farming.
Priorities mentioned by the community also include adding picnic areas and creating wildlife viewing platforms.
According to Park District officials there is still time to provide feedback. An additional public meeting is being scheduled for November.
In addition to attending a public meeting, residents can also let the Park District know what their priorities are for the project by filling out a feedback survey online at www.ebparks.org/survey-coyotehills.
For more information visit, www.ebparks.org/about/planning.
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 120,000 acres in 65 parks including over1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
Attendees discussed the project goals, scope, and potential improvements.
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor