Robert Doyle is general manager of the East Bay Regional Park District. Doyle has been with the Park District since 1975 and has served as General Manager since 2011. The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest park district in the United States with 73 regional parks on 121,000 acres of open space.
New Public Access Projects Coming to East Bay
Thanks to community support, and voter-approved funding, the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) has exciting new projects under way to improve public access, recreational opportunities and educational services in local regional parks.
In Alameda, land-use planning efforts have begun for expansion of Crown Memorial State Beach to improve public access, educational services and recreational opportunities. These include upgrading Crab Cove Visitor Center facilities and services. In 2015, a federal property adjacent to the Crab Cove Visitor Center was acquired by EBRPD. The property was slated for housing but because of community efforts, it was changed to public park use. In 2017, Measure CC helped fund the demolition of two dilapidated buildings on the property allowing land-use planning to move forward.
In Oakland, at the touchdown of the Bay Bridge lies the future East Bay Gateway Regional Park. The park district recently signed a lease with Caltrans to operate the 24,000-square foot historic and newly renovated Bridge Yard Building, which will serve as the recreational anchor for the park. The facility will offer interpretive and recreational programming, concessionaires for food, equipment rentals and event space. Additionally, thanks to funding from the Bay Area Toll Authority, the last remaining pilings from the 1936 Bay Bridge will also be reused to create a new shoreline public access observation platform.
In Albany, construction will soon begin to improve habitat, public access and the Bay Trail at the Albany Beach area of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. With funding from Measure CC and other voter-approved measures, new restrooms, parking and other improvements will be added, as well as nearly one mile of new San Francisco Bay Trail. Construction is slated to begin in June, with completion in January 2019.
I look forward to keeping readers updated on these and other projects EBRPD is working on to maintain and enhance the Bay Area’s quality of life. See you in your Regional Parks!