March 2019
Your monthly EBRPD news & updates
Park District Celebrates 85th Anniversary, Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary
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2019 represents the Park District’s 85th Anniversary and the Regional Park Foundation’s 50th Anniversary. The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest park district in the nation with 25 million visits annually and over 122,000 acres preserved for habitat and outdoor recreation. The Foundation is over 11,000 members strong with over $2 million raised annually.

Both organizations, the Park District and Foundation, have storied traditions of preserving open space and recreational opportunities for East Bay residents.

We have planned a number of special events and programs throughout the year to acknowledge and celebrate our anniversaries, including FREE park Fridays, FREE Concerts in the Parks, a FREE multicultural festival, and a Foundation Gala with a special musical guest Michael McDonald.

Special Park District & Foundation Anniversary Events:
  • Lake Chabot Concerts in the Park – Saturday, June 22 (Castro Valley)
  • Crown Beach Concerts at the Cove – Friday, July 12 (Alameda)
  • Crown Beach Concerts at the Cove – Alameda, Friday, August 9 (Alameda)
  • Contra Loma Concert in the Park – Friday, August 23 (Antioch)
  • Crown Beach Concerts at the Cove – Friday, September 13 (Alameda)
  • John Sutter Gateway Multicultural Festival – Saturday, September 28 (Oakland)
  • Special Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala – Thursday, October 10 (Casa Real, Pleasanton)

Join us in celebrating the Park District’s 85th Anniversary and Foundation’s 50th Anniversary. Look forward to a fun 2019.

See you in your Regional Parks!

Robert E. Doyle
General Manager
Dog Owner Awareness Series:
Dog Owners Reminded to Pick Up After Their Pets
Over the next year the Park District will be providing information to park users about dogs in parks, including special amenities, and current rules and regulations.
The Park District is proud to have one of the most dog-friendly policies in the entire country, allowing dogs at most parks and even off-leash at many. Everyone loves using our park trails for all kinds of recreation, but when our four-legged friends "do their business" along the way, it's important for owners to not only pick up the pet waste, but to pack it out with them to the closest trash can.

Leaving poop bags behind is a form of littering and is a major challenge for East Bay Regional Park District. Leaving poop bags behind is against the rules and subject to fines, but with so many bags left behind it is hard to enforce. While Park Rangers do spend some time cleaning up poop bags, they have more important things to do like clearing trails for safety and removing hazardous vegetation like poison oak.

The Park District is asking dog owners for help keeping Regional Parks enjoyable for all. Garbage cans are available at all staging areas and trailheads, and strategically located along trails where feasible.

The Park District hopes to keep our parks dog-friendly and avoid conflicts with the District’s overall goal of balancing public access with habitat protection. Please be sure to pick up and throw away pet waste during your visit to help us keep our parks litter-free.
New Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief Sworn In 
In an auspicious ceremony at the February 19th Board meeting, Fire Chief Aileen Theile and Assistant Fire Chief Brad Gallup were sworn in by Police Chief Anthony Ciaburro.

Fire Chief Theile, an expert in fire fuels management and fire behavior, began her career with the Park District 24 years ago as park ranger at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area . She joined the District’s Fire Department in 1995 on special assignment as an industrial firefighter and, following a succession of promotions within the Fire Department, was appointed the new Fire Chief of the East Bay Regional Park District on October 27, 2018.

Assistant Chief Gallup began his career in the Park District in 1993 as a GIS analyst, later becoming the GIS coordinator and serving as an on-call firefighter. In 2002, he was hired full-time into the District Fire Department and has worked his way through the ranks, taking leadership roles in the prescribed burn program and in implementing the District’s first two FEMA fire hazard mitigation grants. Throughout his time in the Fire Department, Asst. Chief Gallup has focused his energy on the fuels management program as a way to create a safer, healthier, and more resilient landscape in our parks.

Join us in congratulating Fire Chief Aileen Theile and Assistant Fire Chief Brad Gallup on their new roles and in thanking them for so many years of dedication to the District.
District staff and volunteers use seine nets to corral fish across the 350-ft. BART weir
District Fisheries Program Manager Joe Sullivan rescues a female steelhead trout
Steelhead Rescue in Alameda Creek
Following a heavy rain last month, staff from the East Bay Regional Park District joined the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the nonprofit Alameda Creek Alliance, Alameda County Water District, fisheries biologists, preservationists and volunteers at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area for a very special rescue effort. The team waded into the Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel holding seine nets, pole nets and buckets with the goal of capturing, tagging, and ultimately transporting steelhead trout upstream to reach suitable spawning habitat. 

For decades, steelhead trout and Chinook salmon, both protected under the Endangered Species Act, have been unable to migrate up Alameda Creek to their ancestral spawning grounds due to an impassable concrete structure known as the BART weir, which supports the trains overhead. Current efforts underway to help fish to migrate unimpeded include upgrading or replacing rubber dams and building fish ladders and screens that would allow the fish to bypass the multiple barriers in the creek. The first fish ladder located near Mission Blvd. in Fremont was completed last summer, and construction on the second, larger fish ladder will begin this summer at the BART weir. The ladder should be completed by spring 2022, after which the trout and salmon should be able to make their way upstream unassisted.

The team was able to net two fish, a Chinook salmon and a female steelhead trout. Both fish were measured and weighed, and the steelhead was tagged with a radio transmitter before being transported and released at the base of the Niles Canyon fish ladder. Over the next few days staff tracked her radio signal with excitement, watching her sprint up nearly four miles of Alameda Creek before turning off at Stonybrook Creek, an important spawning habitat. She was later observed building a nest which is a sign she may have spawned with native rainbow trout, a hopeful sign that natural migration will restore the once-abundant steelhead to Alameda Creek. 

Lifeguards Needed for 2019 Swim Season
The East Bay Regional Park District is recruiting 40-60 new lifeguards for the 2019 swim season. There are six swim testing events coming up in March. Participants who pass the tests will be invited to the District’s Lifeguard Academy where they will receive free, paid training and certification in open water lifeguarding. The pay ranges from $16.15-$18.64 per hour. Positions are seasonal, full-time positions from May through September. More Info
Additional Youth Lifeguard Programs:
The Park District is looking for highly motivated people who will rise to the challenge of protecting and educating their community through lifeguard services. Register Online.

Open Water Junior Lifeguards
Ages 8 - 12
Crown Beach, Contra Loma, Lake Anza, Temescal, Cull Canyon, Shadow Cliffs

Junior Lifeguard Aide
Ages 13-15

Junior Cadet
Ages 14-18

Ages 13-17
The Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program is a youth development program where teens gain work experience in our Park’n It Day Camp program. Register Online.
New Book Highlights Tilden Regional Park History
A new book by East Bay Regional Park District Archives volunteer Richard Langs highlights the history of Tilden Regional Park. The book is called Tilden Regional Park: A History and is a pocket-book version of his Tilden Regional Park, Queen of the East Bay Regional Parks published in 2016 . Tilden Regional Park: A History is available at the Tilden concessions stand, the Tilden Park visitor center, and online.
Regional Parks Community Outreach
Multicultural Wellness Walks
Last month, 130 participants enjoyed a relaxing walk around Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area during one of the Park District's Multicultural Wellness Walks. As families and friends enjoyed the sunny weather, guides shared the history of the quarry and pointed out diverse native plants and wildlife that live in and around the lakes.

There were periodic stops along the shoreline for nature discovery, stretching, and fun family activities. These walks are co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and the Regional Parks Foundation and attract participants from diverse communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The walk gives participants an opportunity to connect with families, make new friends and learn how being active in nature can improve their physical and mental well-being.
Walk with a Doc Program
In early February, enthusiastic walkers met at Point Pinole Regional Park for a day of health, wellness, and fun at the second Walk With A Doc. Patients of Contra Costa Health Services and their families dodged a few raindrops at the start of their invigorating walk. Once the rain gave way to sunshine, participants enjoyed a wonderful walk abounding with sunshine and fresh air, which was followed by a delicious lunch, music and health-minded movement activities.

The West County Health Clinic Walk With A Doc program, in partnership with East Bay Regional Park District, Regional Parks Foundation, Champions for Change and Champion Provider Fellowship, connects doctors, nurses, staff and patients in a natural environment to promote healthy habits, exercise, and nutritious eating.
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Registration is Open for Summer Day Camps
Registration is open for summertime fun outdoors for children and youth!

Park'N It Day Camp
Ages 5 - 12
Temescal, Don Castro, Contra Loma, Miller/Knox, Ardenwood & Coyote Hills

Camp of the Wild
Ages 9 - 12
Tilden Nature Area 

Tilden Little Farm Camp
Ages 8 – 11
Tilden Nature Area

Open Water Junior Lifeguards
Ages 8 - 12
Crown Beach, Contra Loma, Lake Anza, Temescal, Cull Canyon, Shadow Cliffs

or call 1 888 EBPARKS
for information
Have You Started Your Trails Challenge?
March promises many sunny days for hiking, and what better way to enjoy the weather than working on the Park District's Trails Challenge?

NO REGISTRATION NEEDED! Simply pick-up or download the Guidebook to get started! Hikes range from easy to challenging, including trails open to hikers, bicyclists, dogs, and equestrians, and many are also wheelchair accessible. To complete the challenge, hike five of the trails – or 26.2 miles of trails. The Guidebook includes detailed trail descriptions. Free 2019 Trails Challenge guide books and T-shirts are available at visitor centers while supplies last. The guidebook can also be downloaded at

ALLTRAILS APP! All 20 featured trails are available in the popular AllTrails hiking app. First download the free app, sign-up and log in, then go to and click on “Copy to my lists”, followed by "Continue in App". The featured trails will show under 'Lists' in 'Plan'. The app will indicate where you are on your hike, enabling easy return to the trail if you stray from it. You can also record your hikes, and share your photos and comments with others.

Featured Activities
Saturday, Mar. 16, 11am-3pm, Sheep Shearing Day, Ardenwood Historic Farm

Saturday, Mar. 16, 10am-2pm, Leona Canyon Native Plant Restoration, Leona Canyon

Saturday, Mar. 16, 3:00-5:30pm, Llamas - Mystics of Andes, Redwood Regional Park

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 7-8:30pm, Family Full Moon Prowl, Big Break

Sunday, Mar 24, 9:30-11:30am, Wildflowers in Wilderness, Sunol

Sunday, Mar 24, 10:00-11:30am, Bayside Beach Cleanup, Encinal Beach

Saturday, Mar. 30, 9:30-11am, For the Bay-Volunteer Project, Coyote Hills

Sunday, Mar. 31, 3:30-4:30pm, Jewel Lake Goat Walk, Tilden Little Farm

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