Applicants Sought for Seat on Park Board

By Ned MacKay Because Diane Burgis has been elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, applicants are now being considered to serve out the remaining two years of her term on the East Bay Regional Park District board. Burgis represents the park district’s Ward 7, which comprises the northern tier of Contra Costa […]

Monarch Butterflies at Ardenwood

By Ned MacKay Programs featuring monarch butterflies continue at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, where the colorful insects are spending the winter in the eucalyptus groves. “Monarchs and Milkweed” is the topic of naturalist-led programs at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 17, 24 and 31. The milkweed plant is the staff of life for monarch […]

EBRPD Expands Black Diamond and More

Park District Purchases Almost 400 Acres in East Contra Costa County   The East Bay Regional Park District board of directors voted 7-0 last week to purchase two parcels totaling 390 acres to expand Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch and Vasco Hills Regional Preserve near Byron.   The Black Diamond property is a […]

EBRPD Re-Names Breuner Marsh

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) board of directors on Tuesday voted unanimously to re-name Breuner Marsh, a 60-acre wetland at Pt. Pinole Regional Park, after the Dotson family for their long-standing efforts to save the Richmond shoreline from development. The former Breuner Marsh was, at various times, slated for housing, an airport, industrial […]

Footloose in the Fall – Hiking in the East Bay

Autumn is a fine season for hiking in the East Bay Regional Parks and other public open spaces. The heat of summer has abated, the air seems fresher, and there’s even some fall color in the leaves.   With all this in mind, park district naturalists have planned lots of outdoor activities in the coming days.   One of […]

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell Honored as ‘Park Champion’

Event to discuss impacts of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay took place at Hayward Shoreline The East Bay Regional Park District will present Rep. Eric Swalwell with the 2016 Congressional Park Champion Award Monday, Sept. 19th in recognition of his tireless efforts to protect parks, shorelines and open space in the East Bay and beyond. The award, […]

Regional Parks Offer Riot of Spring Flowers

by Beverly Lane Spring starts officially with the vernal equinox, which comes on March 20 this year. It’s the date when day and night are of equal length, after which the days grow longer. And with spring comes spring wildflowers. It’s always hard to predict how profuse the flower displays will be, because so many […]