East Bay Regional Park District

 

The East Bay Regional Park District has teamed up with All One Ocean to help keep plastic and other litter from invading San Francisco Bay, killing birds and fish. They have installed three boxes and stock them with recycled coffee bean bags. Visitors to the Alameda shoreline are invited to take these bags and use them to pick up any plastic they find, put the plastic into the coffee bags and dispose of the bags in the nearby garbage cans. 

 

The beach at the eastern end of Alameda Point near the dormant campground will undergo a major renovation in 2017. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is planning to create a natural dune landscape. They are also planning to bring more sand to the beach in order to raise the elevation to allow use of the beach at high tide. 

Congresswoman honors Lincoln Middle School students’ efforts 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee honored Alameda middle school for its ongoing contribution to improving the environment. Through the Ocean Guardian program, which is run by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Lincoln Middle School students are replacing invasive plants along the San Leandro Bay shoreline with native ones, as well as picking up trash. 

A recent letter, (“McKay project doesn’t respect voters’ wishes,” April 19) from former Vice Mayor Barbara Thomas is misleading the public with the intent of denying vulnerable, medically fragile homeless seniors with a safe place to live out their lives and get much needed medical care. The letter pins opposition to helping homeless seniors on personal opinion that there is a voter mandate to turn the property into open space.

No such mandate exists. At almost every step the facts in the letter were wrong:

 

On July 28, representatives of the city and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), along with members of the public, toured the future site of a regional park on the former Navy runway area at Alameda Point. The 158-acre area runs along the Oakland Estuary out to the western shoreline with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay out to the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

The East Bay Regional Park District, Rotary Club of Alameda, Alameda Friends of the Parks Foundation, and the Alameda Recreation and Park Department present the 2017 Splash into Spring Egg Scramble.

Bring the entire family to this popular community event on Saturday, April 8, at the Crab Cove Picnic Area, Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, 1252 McKay Ave. Free parking will be available at the Otis and Westline drives parking lot. Pre-registration is not necessary. 

 

On June 18, during a windy and scorching Saturday afternoon, I attended a brief walking tour along Crab Cove that explored the California least terns. Led by East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) naturalist, Morgan Dill, visitors watched the terns dash across the pristine coastline using binoculars provided by the visitors center and learned why Alameda is a desirable habitat for the terns. 

If you haven’t been outside to play, explore, or just be, for a long time it can seem a little daunting. Where do I go? What do I need to take? What will I do? These are all very legitimate questions.