In Oakland, a new grand shoreline regional park is being planned at the Oakland touchdown of the Bay Bridge. The park–officially named the Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline after East Bay civic and environmental leader and former East Bay Regional Park District board member John Sutter–includes a historic and newly renovated Bridge Yard building, a new shoreline pier/observation deck, and access to the existing Bay Bridge Trail and the San Francisco Bay Trail. The Bridge Yard building will serve as the recreational anchor for the park. The observation deck is expected to be completed in 2019.
In Concord, a 2,500+ acre regional park is planned in the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. The Navy is set to transfer the land, temporarily named Concord Hills Regional Park, to the District this July and will undergo land use planning to determine future recreational facilities, trails and habitat restoration.
In Berkeley, the old Brickyard site at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park will soon be transformed into a recreation area with 45 new parking spots, bike racks, restrooms, a water fountain, interpretive signage, walking paths for recreation and nature watching, and improved connections to the San Francisco Bay Trail. The project also includes restoration of natural habitat, such as beaches, wetlands, and upland areas.
The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest regional park system in the nation, comprising 73 parks, 55 miles of shoreline, and 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature learning. The Park District receives more than 25 million visits annually throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor