JUNE 2017
Your monthly EBRPD news & updates
Fire danger, swim season, summer festivals and activities.
Wet Spring Makes for High Fire Danger in Summer

The wet weather this spring has boosted wildflowers and produced vivid green hillsides.  But the added rain also causes wild grasses to grow thicker and taller, and foliage to be more abundant. In the warm season, the soils dry out, the grass cures to a crisp, golden yellow and the moisture in the leaves of brush and trees declines. The hillsides turn brown, dry and flammable. Dust rising from the hiking trail and the strong scent of pine and eucalyptus tell us summer is here and so is the wildfire season.  

The Park District’s fire department works year-round to reduce the threat of wildfire by thinning dry brush and oily eucalyptus, and strategically eliminating dead or dying trees. Our professional firefighters and contract work crews follow our fuels management plan to reduce wildfire hazards within the parklands and neighboring communities. In recent years, we have also mobilized Civicorps and Student Conservation Association crews, neighborhood volunteer groups, Ca. Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation crews, and individual volunteers – as well as thousands of goats – to reduce the potential for wildfires, especially in the wildland/urban interface.  

Funding for this critical fuels management program is provided by grants from funders including the State of California, PG&E (via the Regional Parks Foundation), and federal programs such as FEMA and the Diablo Fire Safe Council. Additional funding comes from EBRPD’s Measure CC as well as annual appropriations by the District’s Board of Directors. 

While our efforts to reduce the risk of severe wildfires are extensive, residents can take steps to reduce flammable brush and foliage around their homes too.  Visit ebparks.org or contact your local fire department for tips on reducing fire risks.

General Manager Robert E. Doyle

Doyle GM pic update
Summer Swim Season
swim beach
swim pool
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

Public Meetings
June 4, Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland
Design meeting for park addition

June 7, Southern Las Trampas Land Use Plan Amendment, meeting at San Ramon Community Center

June 14, Black Diamond Mines Land Use Plan Amendment, meeting at Antioch Community Center

Special Events
butterfly festival

Sunday, June 4, Butterfly & Bird Festival, Coyote Hills, Fremont

Friday, June 9, Concert at the Cove, Alameda

Saturday, June 10, Sand Castle & Sculpture Contest, Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda

Members Enjoy Summer Perks
Regional Parks Foundation members are ready for summer! They enjoy..
FREE parking at all EBRPD parks
FREE entry to swim areas
Discounts on camping

Become a member!

Support the Regional Parks Foundation by attending a fundraiser this summer!

June 2 Drake's Brewing Co., San Leandro
June 8 Three Sheets, Dublin  

Summer camp
new RPF logo
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Careers at EBRPD
Administrative Analyst, Dispatcher, Heavy Equipment Operator, Ecological Services Coordinator, Interpretive Student Aide and Police Officer are some of the positions currently open.

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


Spring Farm Babies
There are over a dozen new ducklings at the Little Farm at the Tilden Nature Area! Come by soon to say helllo to the Welch Harlequins and Buff Orpingtons.

Farm & visitor center hours.

Two young Hampshire pigs arrived at Ardenwood Historic Farm this May. Originally imported from England’s Hampshire district, this hardy and prolific breed of swine became popular in America during the mid-1800s. These six- week old males can gain up to a pound a day, so come visit them soon as they won’t be small for long.
Long-billed Dowitcher
Featured Activities

June 3, 8:15 - 10 p.m., Free Outdoor Movie Night, Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Regional Park

June 4, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Grassland Management Hike, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

June 6, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday Twilight Hike, Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline

June 9, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Family Explorers, Del Valle Regional Park

June 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Shoreline Habitat Restoration Volunteers, Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline

June 10, 8 - 10 a.m., Fishing: Bass Basics, Contra Loma Regional Park
*Register by June 7

June 10, 1 - 3 p.m., Nectar Garden Fun Day, Coyote Hills Regional Park

June 11, 18 & 25, 11 - 11:30 a.m., Talk with the Animals, Tilden Nature Area

June 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Oldest East Bay Redwood, Leona Canyon Regional Preserve

June 13, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Over-the-Hills Gang, Hike for age 55+, Carquinez Strait, Regional Shoreline

June 17, 2 - 3 p.m., Arachnid Adventures, Big Break Regional Shoreline

June 24, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Ohlone Village Site Tour, Coyote Hills Regional Park

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: Long-billed Dowitcher at Hayward Regional Shoreline, by Jerry Ting.

511 Contra Costa Summer Bike Challenge
511 Contra Costa
Summer Bike Challenge
Explore your hometown via bicycle!

Free and open to everyone, the is fun, healthy, no-cost summer recreation.

Bike to parks, schools, downtown, City Hall, the library, Farmers Market, and more!

Pick up FREE Stuff! at select locations on certain dates throughout the summer and enter the Grand Prize drawing for an iPad Mini!



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