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Type Special district
Location East Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States
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The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a special district operating in Alameda County and Contra Costa County, California, within the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Area. It maintains and operates a system of regional parks which is the largest urban regional park district in the United States. The administrative office is located in Oakland.

As of 2015, EBRPD spans Script error: No such module "convert".[1] with 65 parks and over Script error: No such module "convert". of trails. Some of these parks are wilderness areas; others include a variety of visitor attractions, with opportunities for swimming, boating and camping. The trails are frequently used for non-motorized transportation such as biking, hiking, and horse riding. Nearly Script error: No such module "convert". of paved trails through urban areas link the parks together.

History

The EBRPD was founded in 1934,[2] and acquired its first land two years later, when the East Bay Municipal Utility District sold Script error: No such module "convert". of its surplus land. The founders of the district included Robert Sibley, a hiking enthusiast, Hollis Thompson, then Berkeley City Manager, and Charles Lee Tilden, among others.[3] William Penn Mott, Jr. served as director of the agency from 1962 to 1967, and oversaw a doubling of the system's acreage from 10,500 to 22,000.[4]

In June 2013, EBRPD purchased a Script error: No such module "convert". tract of land formerly known as Roddy Ranch in east Contra Costa County. The tract lies south of Antioch and west of Brentwood.The cost was reported as $14.24 million. Funding will also be provided by California Wildlife Conservation Board and an unidentified private foundation. The acquisition does not include Roddy Ranch Golf Club or about 240 acres of privately owned land inside the project boundary. The East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy will install gates, fencing and signs around the tract in the coming year, while the sale is in escrow. The new area will likely be named Deer Valley Regional Park.[5]

During 2014, EBRPD cut park hours to reduce public access to Mission Peak, using a media strategy designed by political consultant George Manross.[1][2]

Notable parks

The parks administered by the EBRPD vary greatly in size and character. Particularly notable are the string of parks along the Berkeley Hills above and east of both Berkeley and Oakland, including Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, Tilden Regional Park, Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, and Redwood Regional Park.

There are also bay shore parks such as the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline north of Richmond, the Coyote Hills Regional Park near Fremont, the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline on San Leandro Bay, and the Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline south of the Oakland International Airport.

The district also includes a former farm, a former coal mine, an extinct volcano,[6] and one of the biggest dog-walking parks in the country. Redwood Regional Park contains the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood in the East Bay.

District parks

District Trails

Future expansion

Vargas Plateau

Around 1995, EBRPD acquired Script error: No such module "convert". of the Vargas Plateau in Fremont, with Script error: No such module "convert". of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and Script error: No such module "convert". of other trails.[7] Subsequently, park use was pushed back. As of 2007, the opening was expected by 2010.[8] In 2010, EBRPD directors were expecting it would open soon.[9] In 2011, EBRPD put the start in 2012.[10] As of January 2015, EBRPD pointed to late 2015;[11][12] while as of May 2015, the district pointed to spring 2016.[13]

Roddy Ranch parcel

In 2013, EBRPD began acquiring Roddy Ranch a Script error: No such module "convert". additional tract in east Contra Costa County. The new acquisition will create a nearly continuous buffer zone of undeveloped land in eastern Contra Costa County from Black Diamond Mines Regional Park to Marsh Creek.[5]

Dainty Ranch Parcel

In 2013, EBRPD announced plans to acquire Script error: No such module "convert". of grazing land southwest of the Roddy Ranch tract for $5 million. It will provide hiking and recreation services, and protect habitat for rare species such as the California red-legged frog. The combined Dainty and Roddy tracts will form the future Deer Valley Regional Park near Antioch and Brentwood.[14]

James Ball Dainty, a rancher and coal miner, acquired Dainty Ranch in 1872.[14]

Mollar Ranch parcel

Antioch Unified School District agreed to sell a 192 acre tract known as Mollar Ranch to EBRPD. The tract adjoins the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve on Somerville Road in Antioch, California. EBRPD plans to use the property to create a northern entrance to the preserve. The price agreed upon is $305,000. Funding is expected to come from the California Wildlife Protection Act and East Bay Regional Parks Measure WW funds.[15]

Wildcat Canyon addition

EBRPD announced on February 17, 2014 that it had acquired Script error: No such module "convert". of woodland on the east side of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, which will be added to the existing park. The property is hilly with a mixture of laurels, oaks and native grasses. Fauna include mountain lions, coyotes, deer and hawks. The property had been owned by a developer who had intended to build 36 houses on it, before the recent collapse of real estate prices.[16]

Eddie's Flat acquisition (Brushy Peak Regional Preserve)

On April 3, 2014, two conservation groups, Center for Biological Diversity and the Alameda Creek Alliance, announced the acquisition of a Script error: No such module "convert". land parcel known as "Eddie's Flat, adjacent to the western boundary of Brushy Peak Regional Preserve.[17]

Public safety and support

The district maintains a police department[18] and a fire department.[19]

The work of the EBRPD is supported by a voluntary body, the Regional Parks Foundation, which raises funds for the improvement of the parks. The EBRPD is a member of the Bay Area Open Space Council.[20]

Lifeguards

East Bay Lifeguards can work at eleven different facilities.[21]
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East Bay Lifeguard Training at Cull Canyon Regional Park's Lagoon

Staff Members

Full Time Aquatic Employees

Aquatic Manager

General Function

Under general direction, this position administers the District’s extensive aquatics program, which includes the lifeguard service and aquatic recreation programs. Assures that the highest quality of lifeguard services is provided at the District’s guarded beaches and swim facilities. Develops in-house training and recruitment programs to maintain adequate staffing of qualified and certified seasonal lifeguards. Determines staffing levels and adjusts the workforce size and work schedules to assure park visitors the safest possible aquatic recreation. Provides Emergency Medical Services and infection control training to appropriate District staff.[22]

.Oversee 11 open water, lagoons, and pools within Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The Aquatic Manager reports back to the Chief of Interpretation and Recreation.

Program Aquatic Assistant

General Function

To Assist in planning, developing, conducting and overseeing a wide range of lifeguard training, including emergency medical services, water safety, and lifeguard operations. To development and administration of aquatic recreation programs and promotional efforts. The job also entails supervising and evaluating aquatic programs staff.

The Program Aquatic Assistant reports to the South Aquatic Supervisor.

Current Position Holder Rank
Aquatic Manager
Pete Dequincy
1

(Reports to Chief of Interpretation and Recreation)

North Aquatic Supervisor
Eric Nurse
2

(Reports to Aquatic Manager)

South Aquatic Supervisor
Nick Schriver
2

(Reports to Aquatic Manager)

North Aquatic Assistant
Aaron Roth
3

(Reports to North Aquatic Supervisor)

South Aquatic Assistant
Kyle Maxwell
3

(Reports to South Aquatic Supervisor)

Program Aquatic Assistant
Katy Hornbeck
3

(Reports to South Aquatic Supervisor)

References

  1. ^ "Profile". East Bay Regional Park District. 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 
  2. ^ "History". East Bay Regional Park District. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  3. ^ Glen Martin (August 15, 2004). "A hard-bought swath of green Nature lovers' living legacy: Nation's largest urban park district always short of cash". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-11-02. [dead link]
  4. ^ William Penn Mott, Jr. biography, California State Parks Foundation
  5. ^ a b Burgarino, Paul. East County Times. "Ranch's future at last secure." June 20, 2013.
  6. ^ http://voices.yahoo.com/a-volcano-oakland-visit-robert-sibley-volcanic-484540.html
  7. ^ Bay Area Ridge Trail: Vargas Plateau Construction
  8. ^ Guaranteed Returns Banking Land for Future Parks
  9. ^ Newest gem in East Bay Regional Park system, Vargas Plateau, will be safe
  10. ^ Fremont park to open next year
  11. ^ Park opening is expected to be in late 2015
  12. ^ New Year, New Initiatives And Partnerships
  13. ^ "Planning, Trails, Development & Stewardship Workshop" (PDF). EBRPD. p. 66. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Cuff, Dennis [Contra Costa Times. "965 acres being bought for new regional park near Antioch." December 4, 2013.] Retrieved December 29, 2013
  15. ^ "Park district to expand regional preserve." the press.net. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  16. ^ Jones, Carolyn. San Francisco Chronicle. "Big Tract of pristine acreage being added to East Bay hills parklands." February 17, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  17. ^ Press release by Center for Biological Diversity. April 3, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  18. ^ http://www.ebparks.org/about/police
  19. ^ http://www.ebparks.org/about/fire
  20. ^ http://www.openspacecouncil.org/community/roster.php
  21. ^ O'Brien, Matt; Chavez, Ray (June 13, 2014). "With summer around the corner, lifeguards prepare to save lives". Contra Costa Times News. David Rounds. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Job Opportunities". 

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