July 2022
Go Slow and Say Hello!
You may have noticed parks and trails are a lot busier than they were a couple of years ago. It’s no wonder, given how people have sought out parks since the pandemic to stay active, maintain their physical and mental health, and spend quality time with family and friends. Many new Regional Park visitors have turned into regular users, increasing visitation 30 percent districtwide.

Understandably, with so many visitors in the parks, conflicts can arise between users, resulting in safety challenges and unpleasant experiences on the trails. While these conflicts are rare, even one is too many. One easy thing we can all do to help prevent conflicts is to slow down and say hello to each other on the trails. Respectfulness and kindness toward our fellow park visitors can go a long way.

Whether you walk, ride or roll, we are all visiting Regional Parks for the same reason, to experience nature and spend time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. So, the next time you are in the parks and on the trails, make sure you go slow and say hello to your fellow visitors to help ensure everyone can enjoy the parks!

See you in your Regional Parks.
CPRS Awards Presented at June 21 Board Meeting
On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors was presented with the 2021 California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) District 3 Outstanding Park Award for Dumbarton Quarry Campground and the Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) Impact Award for its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. The Park District is the first-ever recipient of JEDI Impact Award. More Info.
Pleasanton Ridge Reopens after Wildland Fire
After being closed for over two weeks due a wildland fire, Pleasanton Ridge reopened on Saturday, July 2. Areas damaged by fire will remain closed while staff continues to assess damage and ensure safety for visitors. We appreciate the hard work done by our Fire Department and park staff to reopen the park to the public quickly and safely.
Board Elections 2022
In the upcoming Statewide General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, four (4) offices of the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors will be up for election in Wards 3, 5, 6, and 7, each for a full term of four years. For eligible candidates who wish to file, official nominating petitions must be obtained on or after Monday, July 18, 2022, and must be filed no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, August 12, 2022. More Info.
Three Less Busy Parks to Consider
The public’s love for parks is apparent each weekend, with many parking areas and staging areas becoming full by mid-morning. To avoid busy parks, consider these three amazing, yet less frequented, Regional Parks.
- Brushy Peak Regional Preserve (Livermore) is a 1,702-foot landmark at the juncture of the Bay Area, Delta, and Central Valley. Watch for red-tailed hawks, ferruginous hawks, and golden eagles on the park's scenic trails. Please note, dogs must be on leash.
- Hayward Regional Shoreline (Hayward) consists of salt, fresh, and brackish water marshes and seasonal wetlands, with five miles of public trails along the shoreline and levees along which visitors enjoy hiking, biking, and birdwatching.
- Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area (El Sobrante) is situated at the base of San Pablo Dam. Towering eucalyptus trees offer a fragrant, calm setting for all kinds of activities, including picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, horseshoes and volleyball.
Overtopping of the San Francisco Bay Trail.
Hayward Regional Shoreline, Hayward
Creating Climate Resilient Parks
The Park District is engaged in a variety of efforts to meet the challenges of climate change in Regional Parks. Projects are underway to address areas impacted by climate change, including shoreline and marsh erosion with flooding from sea level rise, water quality issues, and increasing wildfire risks. More Info.
Borrowing Bike Bells at Crockett Hills, Briones
Cyclists in Briones and Crockett Hills Regional Parks may have spotted a Borrow a Bike Bell kiosk stationed at two popular staging areas in the parks. The new kiosks encourage mountain bikers to use bike bells when passing other visitors – enhancing safety and enjoyment for all trail users. More Info.
Ride the New Train Rail Loop at Ardenwood
All aboard the farm train! Ardenwood Historic Farm celebrates the addition of a new loop of its train track, more than doubling the current length of the popular ride. The new stretch of track increases the overall length from 1/2 mile to 1-3/4 mile and takes passengers on a journey to a previously unvisited area of the park. The track runs by an actively used eagle's nest, so the new train loop will open each year once the eagle fledglings have left the nest, usually in July. More Info.
Dramatic Bald Eagle Fledgling Rescue at Del Valle Ends Successfully
A particular grey pine in the wildlands of Del Valle Regional Park has been the site of an actively used bald eagle's nest for several years. During a heavy windstorm on the evening of June 11, the trunk supporting the nest snapped, causing concern for the parents and two fledgling eagles who resided there. One fledge was spotted in the nest debris and was rescued by Park District staff, then treated at Lindsay Wildlife Hospital for a fractured right radius (wing bone). On June 30, a suitable release site was located, and park staff made the arduous journey up a steep hill to safely release the recovered fledgling. Happily, by the following day both fledglings were spotted together in the same tree with parents in attendance. Nest history: The Eagle Has Landed
Learn to Fish this Summer
Join our Outdoor Recreation staff this summer to learn the basics of fishing at locations throughout the Park District. These popular programs fill up quickly! Registration is required for all classes.
• Intermediate Bass Basics, Contra Loma, Saturday, August 6, from 8-11am
• Catfish Basics, Temescal, Wednesday, August 31, 4:30-7:30pm
• Intro into Saltwater Fishing, Miller/Knox, Wednesday, August 3, Noon-3pm
• Catfish Basics, Quarry Lakes, Friday, August 26, 4:30-7:30pm
Canine Capers in Regional Parks
The Regional Parks are well known for being very dog friendly. Join our monthly adventure hikes with your furry friends to explore and learn about the natural world around us. Folks without dogs are also welcome, with the understanding that there will be dogs off leash around them on the hikes. More Info.
Upcoming Activities
Sun, Jul 10, 10-11:30am, Bayview Trail Hike, Coyote Hills

Sat, Jul 16, 11am-Noon, Wool to Dye For, Tilden

Wed, Jul 20, 7:30-9:30pm, Bat Watch Wednesdays, Black Diamond Mines

Sat, Jul 23, 10:30-11am, Bat Talk n Draw, Sunol

Sun, Jul 24, 10:30-11:30am, Jawsome Neighbors: Sharks of the Bay, Crab Cove

Sat, Jul 30, 11am-Noon, Wonderful Wool, Ardenwood

Sun, Jul 31, 10am-Noon, Meet & Greet: EBRPD Firefighters, Big Break

Sun, Jul 31, 10am-Noon, What's Bugging You, Del Valle

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