New San Francisco Bay Trail Segment to Enhance Shoreline Access & Recreational Opportunities in West Contra Costa County
PINOLE, CA – The East Bay Regional Park District announced that a new half-mile segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail is under construction in Pinole, including a 1,100-foot gradually-sloping bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The trail segment connects Pinole Shores and the City of Pinole’s Bayfront Park.
“The new trail segment will provide enhanced shoreline access and expand recreational opportunities for West Contra Costa County residents and the surrounding communities,” said Park District Board Member Colin Coffey. “It’s also a stunning location, with great views of San Pablo Bay and active marshlands and wildlife.”
Funding for the project comes from many sources, including Measure WW which was passed by East Bay voters in 2008 to expand parks, trails, and open space.
“The District was able to use Measure WW funds to attract significant external resources for the project,” said Coffey. “Over 70% of the funding for the project came from external federal, state and regional sources – saving local taxpayers millions.”
The Pinole Shores to Bayfront Park trail is part of an overall plan to create a fully-connected 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail.
“The Pinole Shores trail project closes one of the remaining four San Francisco Bay Trail gaps along the San Pablo Bay,” said Trail Development Program Manager Sean Dougan. “Two of the other three gaps, the future Hercules Intermodal Transit Center and Lone Tree Point projects, are in the design phase.”
The District expects the project to be complete this June and was designed to accommodate walkers, hikers, cyclists, and people with disabilities.
The East Bay Regional Park District manages 40 miles of the Bay Trail.
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 121,000 acres in 73 parks including over1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
1,100-foot gradually-sloping bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor