JULY 2017
Your monthly EBRPD news & updates
Summer heat & swim safety, special events, trail survey, blue-green algae info.
Come One, Come All

EBRPD’s mission is to preserve and protect open spaces and make parks accessible for all generations to enjoy. With the incredible diversity in how people use parks, coupled with the rich and growing cultural demographics found right here in the East Bay, we wondered “How could EBRPD play a greater role in connecting people together through nature?” Enter the EBRPD Multicultural Wellness Walks.

On a recent Saturday morning, some 100 people gathered at Tilden Regional Park’s Jewel Lake and threw their cares away. (Well, kind of.)

“What’s bothering you these days?” asked a park staffer whose job is to engage the diverse communities EBRPD serves. “My credit cards!” said a middle-aged Latina mother. “My homework!” shouted a 7 year old Korean boy.

The all-ages, multi-ethnic group then whooshed their hands in the direction of the lake, laughing and sighing with relief as their cares fell away.

This fun exercise was just one of many activities that took place during the Multicultural Wellness Walk, a regular outing organized by EBRPD to expose people from all backgrounds to the parks. 

A melting pot of people from all cultures come together through these Wellness Walks with a common thread – to experience nature. While there are some language barriers and varied fitness levels, the walks are designed to transcend differences, with stops along the way to make bird calls, practice qi gong or dance zumba and yes, laugh a lot via “laughter yoga” – all things that can be shared in a universal language.

With the generous support of Kaiser Permanente and the Regional Parks Foundation, the Multicultural Wellness Walks are just one of many innovative ways that EBRPD reaches out to different communities and demographics to help create lasting connections between people and nature.

Wherever you choose to experience nature, we’re glad you do. See you on the trails.

General Manager Robert E. Doyle

Doyle GM pic update
Photos: Cali Godley
Summer Heat Safety
Beat the Heat
Avoid heat-related illness this summer! Stay cool, stay hydrated.
Tips for coping with the hot weather while visiting our Regional Parks  
  • If you visit a park, be sure to wear sunscreen and lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect some of the sun’s energy;
  • During the hottest parts of the day, keep physical activities to a minimum. Stay in the shade if possible;

  • Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty;

  • Slow down while hiking. Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day – in the morning between 7 and 10 a.m., and in the evening.
  • Never leave infants, children or the frail elderly unattended in a parked car. Don't leave your pets in the car either!
More Safety Tips

Cool off at a Swim Facility
There are plenty of swimming opportunities for you in the East Bay Regional Park District, with six open-water lakefront beaches, three chlorinated lagoons, two pools, and two bay shoreline beaches.

Find your favorite summer splash zone!

Locations, Hours

Swim Lessons

Visitor Rules and Regulations, Water Quality, Water Safety

swim beach

Water Safety Tips
  • If you’re unsure of your swimming abilities, wear a life-jacket. Each of our swim facilities has free loaner life-jackets available.
  • Keep a close eye on your children. Drowning can occur quickly and silently, even in a foot of water.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol if you plan on swimming.
  • Only swim in areas with a lifeguard on duty.
  • Boats must have life-jackets for every person on board. Those under age 16 must wear life-jackets while on a boat. Click here for more information about the State of California boating safety laws.
  • If you’re not a strong swimmer, take swim lessons! The Park District and most East Bay cities offer swim lessons throughout the summer. 

Children 12 years old and under are not permitted in the swimming area unless accompanied by a responsible, actively supervising, individual 16 years old or older.

Microscopic view of green algae  Spirogyra . Rheinberg illumination.     Note  Soft Focus at 100 , best at smaller sizes
Algae Blooms:
What you Need to Know
The warm weather means algae blooms in some bodies of water - including swim areas that may be periodically closed if toxic strains are found. Learn about blue-green algae and check the list of affected swim facilities here. Updated daily.

Dog owners: Check before you go so you know whether to keep Rover out of the water!
Concert at the Cove
Friday, July 14, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Concert at the Cove, Crab Cove Visitor Center
The Patsychords (Patsy Cline tribute)

Featuring Margaret Belton of the Altarena Playhouse production of Always Patsy Cline.
Know Before You go
Before you head to your favorite park or trail, take a moment to check conditions by visiting www.ebparks.org/closure.

Current closures include:
Redwood Road in Castro Valley
Lake Loop at Lake Chabot
Greathouse Visitor Center at Black Diamond
and others. Updated daily.

Photo: winter storm damage at Las Trampas (file photo)
What's Brewin' in the Parks?
Tilden Style

Kick back and enjoy a pint at one of your favorite Regional Parks! Explore Tilden Nature Area, Little Farm, and the Environmental Education Center while sipping on a cold brew from Drake's Brewing Co.

Brush a goat, place your bets on chicken bingo, walk with the geese, meet the resident reptiles, make a craft, explore the microscopic world, and much more at this event from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on July 8.

Complimentary beer tastings provided by Drake's Brewing Co. for guests 21+, and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

Rain or shine!

Environmental Education Center
Tilden Nature Area
600 Canon Drive, Berkeley CA 94707
Event on Facebook

new RPF logo
Take our Regional Trail Survey

The East Bay Regional Park District is seeking input from the public in order to identify usage patterns of the District’s regional trails and to better understand the desires of those who use these trails.  It should take about 10 minutes to complete the survey.

This survey is about the paved regional trails between parks - such as the Iron Horse Trail, Delta De Anza Trail and others. It is not about park trails inside parks. We look forward to hearing from you!

Begin Survey
walking on Iron Horse Trail
Careers at EBRPD
Administrative Analyst, Dispatcher,  Chief Human Resources Officer, Interpretive Student Aide and Police Officer are some of the positions currently open.

Seasonal positions are still open for recreation leaders, as well.


Featured Activities

Friday, July 7, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., The Over-the-Hills Gang, Miller/Knox
Hiking for ages 55+

Saturday, July 8, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Ice Cream Impressions, Tilden Nature Area

Sunday, July 9, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Beat the Heat Hike, Del Valle (Arroyo Road staging area)

Sunday, July 9, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Full Moon Summer Evening, Anthony Chabot

Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Saturday Railroad Adventure Day, Ardenwood

Sunday, July 16, 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m., Biking Basics, Martin Luther King Jr.
Registration required.

Saturday, July 22, 6:00 - 9:00 a.m., Sunrise at the Shore, Crown Beach

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: Lake Del Valle, by Enesa Batakovic.

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