Land Bank Status
No Public Access
Concord Hills Regional Park
2950 Peralta Oaks Ct.
Oakland, CA 94605
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757)
Naming update (May 2021): proposed park name, “Thurgood Marshall Regional Park – Home of the Port Chicago 50”, is advanced by Board Executive Committee.
AACP civil rights lawyer and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, helped defend the fifty black sailors accused of mutiny after the devasting Port Chicago Naval Magazine blast that killed 320 men, mostly African American, and injured 390 more, on July 17, 1944. It was the largest Homefront disaster of World War II. The military trial took place on Treasure Island in nearby San Francisco Bay from September 14 to October 24, 1944.
Although the fifty sailors were found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison, Thurgood Marshall’s high-profile appeal paved the way for the desegregation of the entire U.S. military. Marshall went on to argue the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which led to school desegregation nationwide, and became the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 1967.
The new park land formerly known as the Concord Naval Weapons Station, part of the larger Port Chicago military complex, has been referred to as “Concord Hills Regional Park” during the planning process until a permanent park name is chosen.
On Saturday, July 13, 2019, a formal signing ceremony took place at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station to celebrate the transfer of 2,687 acres to the East Bay Regional Park District for Concord Hills Regional Park. The transfer was the culmination of more than 20 years of community support and advocacy. An additional 327 acres are set to transfer to the Park District at a later date.
The new park, along with a planned visitor center, will integrate the human history of the Concord Naval Weapons Station site with the natural history and outdoor recreational opportunities of the land.
Development will include future park amenities such as a visitor center, staging areas, public access points, and miles of recreational trails for hiking, biking, and nature viewing.
Opening the park is expected to take several years and will require significant financial resources. Public access is expected to come first to the southern portions of the park between Bailey Road and Kirker Pass Road.
The Park District and Timelooper, Inc. have developed virtual reality tour of the future Regional Park located on the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. People can now virtually visit the park to discover the history and future of this land. To experience the park in Virtual Reality, please download the Timelooper App onto a tablet or smartphone from the App Store or Google Play. Once the App is downloaded onto you device, please follow the steps below to find East Bay Regional Park District’s Virtual Reality Experiences.