MAY 2018
Your monthly EBRPD news & updates
Regional Parks Annual Community Report Now Available!
Doyle GM pic update
Leading Through Innovation

Yes, government agencies can be innovative! Building on its eight-decade legacy of preserving regional parks, trails and open space, the East Bay Regional Park District again forged ahead in 2017 with innovations benefiting the quality of life for millions, including new facilities, partnerships and green financing. Read about it in the Annual Community Report - 2017-2018 Regional Parks Annual Community Report .

Robert E. Doyle
General Manager
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Proposition 68 on June 5 Ballot
On October 15, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 5 placing the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) on the June 5, 2018 ballot. Proposition 68 includes $2.83 billion for parks and natural resources, $720 million for water resources, and $550 million for flood protection.

If approved by California voters, Proposition 68 would provide significant funding for grants to local agencies like the East Bay Regional Park District. The bond also includes $200 million in grants that would be distributed on a per capita basis throughout California so that all communities benefit. For more information visit
New Castleridge Trailhead Open at Pleasanton Ridge
On March 10, the East Bay Regional Park District dedicated the newly-completed Castleridge Trailhead at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park – significantly increasing public access to the popular park.

The new Castleridge trailhead will serve as an important public access point for users with expanded park ridgeline trail access from the northern side of the park. The trailhead’s amenities include street parking for up to 50 vehicles, a drinking water fountain, accessible restroom, and gated access serving two neighboring communities. The project is a joint partnership between the Park District and the City of Pleasanton. A multi-use trail extends from the trailhead to the northern ridgeline of Pleasanton Ridge.

East Bay Regional Park District Named 2018 Legacy Award Winner by East Bay Economic Development Alliance
The East Bay Regional Park District has been named the 2018 Legacy Award Winner by East Bay Economic Development Alliance. The Legacy Award recognizes organizations with a history of groundbreaking innovation in the East Bay.

As the largest regional park agency in the United States, East Bay Regional Park District leaders have been innovating since its founding in 1934 in the depths of the Great Depression. In fact, it was during this tumultuous time that visionary leaders in Oakland and Berkeley initiated a campaign to tax themselves to create the park system – the very first of many innovations by the East Bay Regional Park District. 

Like Clean Restrooms?
Thanks to voter-approved Measure CC, Regional Parks in the Measure CC area have 30 new park restrooms - improving public access and visitor experiences. Check out the video above!

Extended Mine Tours Now Available at Black Diamond Mines!
Completion of an underground stairway, and other safety improvements, have been finished at Antioch’s Black Diamond Mines, allowing for a new and longer underground tour of the mines. Tours can now follow a continuous loop from the Hazel-Atlas entrance to the underground Greathouse Visitor Center. Before, visitors would have to stop after 1,000 feet and backtrack, exiting and entering the museum through a separate entrance.

Tours are available to the public weekends through November for $5 per person with advance reservations . View available dates online and register online at or by telephone at 888-327-2757 (Option 2). For safety reasons, tour participants must be 7 years old or older.

Measure CC Restoration Roundup
Measure CC has restored or enhanced over 1,142 acres of natural wildlife habitat throughout the 20 parks in the Measure CC area, including habitat for endangered species like burrowing owls (above).
  • Anthony Chabot Regional Park – 321 acres
  • McLaughlin Eastshore State Park – 4.5 acres
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline – 71 acres
  • Point Pinole Regional Shoreline and Point Molate – 310 acres
  • Redwood Regional Park – 119 acres
  • Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline – 19 acres
  • Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve and Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve – 96 acres
  • Wildcat Canyon Regional Park – 77 acres
  • Tilden Regional Park – 107 acres
  • Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve – 18 acres
Big Break Visitor Center Receives ‘Friends of Education’ Award from Delta Charter of the Association of California School Administrators
Delta Charter of the Association of California School Administrators has awarded the Big Break Visitor Center their “Friends of Education” award for 2017-2018. The “Friends of Education” award recognizes contributions by local non-school groups and individuals that are making a big impact in their region.

The award is recognition of the value of the District’s interpretive and recreational programs, and that they offer much more than a typical field trip. Specifically, the award recognizes Big Break Visitor Center’s all day, station by station, Science Weeks program that provides school children an immersive experience with nature and science.

Registration is Open for Summer Day Camps
Registration is open for summer outdoor fun for children and youth!

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

Leaders in Training
Ages 13 - 17
Gain leadership skills while you help with Park'N It Day camps.

Junior Lifeguards
Ages 8 - 12

Junior Lifeguard Aide
Ages 13 - 15

Junior Cadet
Ages 14 - 18
or call 1 888 EBPARKS
for information
Know Before You Go
Before you head to your favorite park or trail, take a moment to check conditions by visiting .

Updated daily.
Foundation Supports Volunteer Projects in the Parks
We can't do it without you! The Regional Parks Foundation connects individuals in the community with the programs and causes that matter most to them. People can "show their love" for the parks through the membership, legacy and volunteer programs.

The San Francisco Bay Area is the 4th-largest metropolitan area in the nation. The population increase over the last two centuries has dramatically changed the face of the land, placing many wildlife species and their habitats in jeopardy. Our responsibility is to manage and promote the healthy balance of all native wildlife.

About Us
The Regional Parks Foundation was established in
1969 to support the East Bay Regional Park District by providing broader public access. Membership offers a convenient way for users to have frequent access to over 120,000 acres that make up your Regional Parks.
Careers at EBRPD
Explore careers in your East Bay Regional Parks! Currently hiring:Gate Attendant, Student Laborer, Interpretive Student Aide, Lifeguard, Office Assistant, Police Officer.

Featured Activities
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Let the Fun Begin Again!, Del Valle
Seasonal re-opening of the Rocky Ridge Visitor Center

Saturday, May 5, 2 - 3 p.m., Dashing Dragonflies, Big Break

Sunday, May 6, 10 - 11:30 a.m., Ethnobotany Hike, Coyote Hills

Sunday, May 6, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Stream-side Science, Sunol

Sunday, May 13, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mother's Day on the Farm, Ardenwood

Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Songs and Stories by the Shore, Crab Cove

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Pine Creek Picnic, Diablo Foothills

Saturday, May 19, 2 - 3 p.m., Baby Boom in Forests and Fields, Tilden Nature Area

Sunday, May 20, 9 - 11:30 a.m., Ohlone Plant Uses, Garin

Sunday, May 20, 2 - 5 p.m., Old-Fashioned Cemetery Picnic, Black Diamond Mines

Saturday, May 26, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Scenic Carquinez, Carquinez Shoreline

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 above: Spring wildflowers at Contra Loma, by Marc Crumpler.
OpenRoad TV
Set your reminders or your DVRs for Sundays on NBC Bay Area at 6:30 p.m. OpenRoad TV with Doug McConnell returns to visit spectacular and inspiring parks and open spaces in the greater Bay Area.

EBRPD is a proud sponsor of OpenRoadTV.
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