APRIL 2017
Your monthly EBRPD news & updates
Earth Day, storm damage updates, spring activities & summer jobs.
East Bay Parks:
More than Just a Pretty Place

The 120,000 acres of the East Bay Regional Park District are more than just a pretty place. There are creeks that provide drinking water, trails to walk and ride that help us live healthy lives, and grasslands that are grazed which support the local food economy.

And now we have an independent, scientific report by economists to prove that East Bay Parks are more than just a pretty place.

Based on this report, we now know that the Park District:

  • Hosts 25 million visits a year. This is more than the A’s, Raiders, Warriors, Giants, 49ers, Earthquakes, and Sharks combined.
  • Provides a range of benefits to residents, businesses, and visitors that total about $500 million annually. This includes the values of recreation, healthcare, property values, and other ecosystem services.
  • Generates nearly $200 million in regional economic activity every year that would not happen without the District. This includes visitor spending and grant-funded capital investments, and the multiplier effects of both.

What does that translate into? This scientific report conclusively says that the District is interconnected with many aspects of life in the East Bay including infrastructure, jobs, transportation, public health, and housing. 

Watch the Video or Download the Economic Impact Report

General Manager Robert E. Doyle

Doyle GM pic update
Winter Storm Damage
The heavy winter rains have caused severe damage in our parks, including landslides, washed out trails, erosion and downed trees. In some parks, flooding and rising lake waters have submerged trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, swim beaches and access to lake areas.

Storm damage was sustained in 29 Regional Parks as indicated in the map to the right. Damages are currently estimated at $8.5 million. 

Our park staff is working hard to get as many of the parks back to public access and recreation. However, some trails or access to recreational areas may take months or longer to restore, and will remain closed to ensure public safety. We appreciate your patience during this time. Please check our website frequently for current park conditions, such as trail closures, before visiting the parks. 

Map and Additional Photos

Del Valle Regional Park Re-Opens April 15

Cleanup efforts are underway at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore and a tentative re-opening date for the developed park areas and campground is April 15, 2017. The re-opening date is subject to change should the wet weather continue and cause delays in repairs.

Atlas Road Bridge & Dotson Family Marsh Dedications
Please join the General Manager and Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Park District for the Dedications of the Atlas Road Bridge and the Dotson Family Marsh at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Atlas Road Bridge Dedication 10:30 a.m.
Dotson Family Marsh Dedication 1 p.m.

Reservations are required.
EMail Monique Salas

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Shop & Support the Parks!
Recent rains have caused flooding, mudslides, and millions of dollars in damage to trails and facilities throughout the East Bay Regional Parks and the Regional Parks Foundation is stepping up to raise funds to support clean up efforts.

We hope you will join us by shopping at an East Bay Whole Foods Market on Wednesday, April 5. Whole Foods Market Northern California will donate 5% of their sales on this date.

Participating stores include: Lafayette, Downtown Walnut Creek, Ygnacio Valley Road - Walnut Creek, Berkeley - Telegraph, Berkeley - Gilman, Oakland, San Ramon, Dublin and Fremont. Check your local store's hours by visiting: www.wfm.com/stores/list.

Spring Wildflower Festival

It's time to celebrate the season of the birds, bees, flowers and trees! Join us for hikes, crafts, music, and nature activities. Hikes are geared for different ages, distances and topics ? There is something for everyone. Pack a picnic lunch, put on your hiking boots and join us for a glorious day filled with flowers in this very special wilderness! Fun for the whole family. 

Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sunol Regional Wilderness. Free festival; parking $5. Event details and schedule.

Photo by Calochortus via flickr
Spring Native Plant Sale

Come and explore the Garden and purchase California native plants, including shrubs, trees, and perennials. Find many plants that are not available in a nursery. Sales benefit the Regional Parks Botanic Garden.

Saturday, April 15, 10:00 am - 3:00 p.m.* Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park. Event Details.
*Friends of the Reg. Parks Botanic Garden enter at 9:00 a.m. Become a member!

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Earth Day

Volunteer with EBRPD to help restore wildlife habitats. Projects at Crown Beach (Alameda), Point Pinole (Richmond) and Diablo Foothills (Walnut Creek). Or bring the kids to Coyote Hills (Fremont) to learn about taking care of the planet through games and a puppet show.

Saturday, April 22. Registration is required for the volunteer events.
Earth Day Events

Seasonal Jobs
Spend your summer working in your East Bay Regional Parks! Apply by April 10 to be a new lifeguard. Apply by Apr. 28 for summer internships. EBRPD is also accepting applications for recreation leaders for our summer day camps and other outdoor programs.


AP towhee by Jerry Ting
Featured Activities

Wednesday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., A Garden in the Park, Shadow Cliffs
Join us as we open the doors to the new Garden in the Park. Chat with staff about gardening techniques and ways to bring a piece of nature to your home.

Saturday, April 8, 10 - 10:30 a.m., Farm Chores for Littles, Tilden Nature Area

Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Spring Egg Scramble, Crab Cove

Sunday, April 8, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Leapin' Lizards Hike, Coyote Hills

Friday, April 14, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Footloose Friday Hike, Sobrante Ridge

Saturday, April 15, 10:30 - 11 a.m., Itsy Bitsy Spider, Ardenwood Historic Farm

Sunday, April 16, 1 - 4:30 p.m., Wildflowers of Briones Hike

Saturday, April 22, dawn to dusk Bird-A-Thon, Wildlife Volunteers Fundraiser
Register by April 7

Sunday, April 23, 11 - 11:30 a.m., Talk with the Animals: Chickens, Tilden Nature Area

Sunday, April 23, National Park Prescriptions Day
Join us for a Wellness Walk at Ardenwood, Big Break, Black Diamond Mines, Coyote Hills, Crown Beach Sunol or Tilden Nature Area. See page 12 of the Regional in Nature Activity Guide.

Discover even more fun! Search online by park, date or other keywords. Or browse through a PDF of our bi-monthly activity guide, Regional in Nature.

Photo: California towhee at Ardenwood Historic Farm by Jerry Ting.

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Health in Parks Focus Group
You are invited to participate in the Ca. Dept. of Parks and Recreation Health in Parks Focus Group.

Tuesday, April 11
3 - 4:30 p.m.
EBRPD's Trudeau Training Center
11500 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland CA 94619

Share your thoughts about how parks and recreation programs are a part of living a healthy life. The meeting will be video-recorded and shared with health agencies, the Governor's Office and the National park Service. Learn More.

RSVP: [email protected]

Support State Parks
A proposed commemorative license plate could raise funds for California State Parks. The Ca. DMB needs 7,500 pre-paid orders by May 18 to produce the plate, which features an image of a redwood forest.

4WheelBob Movie Premieres in SF Apr. 25
Get on the trail with intrepid adventurer - and EBRPD volunteer - Bob Coomber, who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot peak of Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada. Despite the ups and downs, Bob’s energy and enthusiasm to get everyone to enjoy California’s great outdoors is infectious.

USA Premiere, '4 Wheel Bob'
Saturday, April 25th  3:15 p.m.
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco Green Film Festival
4wheelbob movie
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