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Sixteen New Sites Approved by EBRP

Sixteen New Sites Approved by EBRP

East Bay Regional Parks Plans for the Future

 

Map of East Bay Regional Parks 2007 Master Plan

In their July 16 meeting, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors unanimously approved (7-0) the Park District’s 2013 Master Plan. The Board’s approval was the last step in a lengthy public process to update the policy document that guides the District in future expansion of parks, trails, and services.

Adding 16 potential park sites along the hills, valleys and shorelines of Alameda and Contra Costa counties is part of the Park District’s strategy to achieve their long-term vision. The plan proposes EBRPD to continue an aggressive land buying program fueled by voter-approved bond measures of $225 million in 1988 and $500 million in 2008.  The overarching goal of the land buying program is to secure open space now, so that it may one day be managed for recreation, before it is lost forever to development. During the next decade, the Park District expects to face rapid urbanization of the East Bay which severely limits the opportunities for new parkland acquisition. Other significant challenges include: population growth of the Bay Area, increase in cultural and ethnic diversity, emphasis on the creation of denser and more sustainable residential development, and closure and conversion of military bases.

You can see the Drafts of the EBRP Master Plan here. A final document should be made available for download soon. More information can be found in the recent article written for the Contra Costa Times.

 

Map of East Bay Regional Parks Proposed Expansion

 

 

 

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