The Point Pinole to Wilson Point section of the San Francisco Bay Trail (Project) will construct a 0.9 mile, paved multi-use trail that will parallel the shoreline closing a critical gap between the cities of Richmond and Hercules. The project will provide first-time public access to this part of shoreline. A preliminary engineering study examining alignment opportunities and constraints, impacts of the trail, and costs to construct was completed in 2005.
In 2021 the Park District began the next phase of design to determine the exact alignment and identify potential impacts to utilities that share portions of the proposed trail corridor. The Park District consultants are now undergoing studies pursuant to CEQA in an effort to release a document for public review before the end of 2023. The project will also explore public access opportunities to connect local communities to the 0.9 mile stretch of Bay Trail.
The trail is a proposed 0.9 mile segment between Pinole Point Business Park at Atlas Road to the current terminus of the Bay Trail near Wilson Point and the Pinole Shores Staging Area. The trail will lie within an easement granted by the various property owners including the businesses within the Pinole Point Business Park, Contra Costa County, and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). Easements may also be required from the West Contra Costa County School District. The Park District owns the remainder of the property in the project area.
The trail corridor contains wetlands, utilities, and traverses a steep slope between private property and UPRR land, making the design challenging and technical in places. It is likely that there will be concrete retaining walls and boardwalks to address these challenges and the project will aim to minimize impacts to natural and cultural resources.
The project traverses the northeastern boundaries of the Montara Bay Community Park and the former site of Seaview Elementary School.
The Park District’s Board of Directors awarded a contract to BKF Engineers in late 2021 for the preliminary design, specifically as it relates to utility location and coordination, and environmental services including studies pursuant to CEQA. It is anticipated that the preliminary design and CEQA document will be released for public review in late 2023 or early 2024. Park District staff will be reaching out to the public before that time to conduct a survey about the project and to learn how people will use the trail in the future.
San Francisco Bay Trail Extension Project Survey
Tell us how you currently use the SF Bay Trail and how you might use the trail in the future.