This map shows where millions of dollars would be spent if a parks measure passes. Among the highlights:
- $5 million for Sunol Wilderness.
- $8.1 million for Coyote Hills Regional Park
- $8.3 million for Las Trampas Wilderness
- $4.5 million for Black Diamond Mines
Also: a bunch of regional trail work including an intriguing Calaveras Ridge Trail from Sunol to Las Trampas.
On July 1 the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors took the first official step to place a proposition on the November 4 ballot to extend a bond measure passed in 1988 without raising the present property tax rates above the present rate of $10 per year, per $100,000. A final vote will occur at the board meeting on July 15.
If approved by the voters, this $500 million extension will be used to continue to restore urban creeks; to protect wildlife; purchase and save open space, wetlands, and bay shoreline; and to acquire, develop and improve local and regional parks, trails, and recreational facilities.
Of the $500 million, $375 million of the revenue (75%) will fund regional park acquisitions and capital projects, with $26.2 million (7%) of that amount held in reserve for unanticipated future needs and opportunities.
I wonder: with $500 mil. on hand, perhaps they’ll be able to afford getting rid of the cows.
Thanks to Ann L. for the link.
I got my packet today. As a EBRPD Parks Advisory Committee member, we’re gearing up for quite a run at the extension of the measure.
So much good will come of its passing! Local park districts will get 25% of the monies for community park projects; and EBRPD, long a leader in this regard, can continue to acquire new land (especially important now as prices are down) and construct new parks and urban / suburban / wild land interfaces. I’m excited by the prospect of the bond measure being exrended. There’s so much work yet to be done to preserve as much open space for as many kinds of users as possible.
I’m looking forward to participating in the campaign for the bond measure’s passage. The timing couldn’t be better!
I’m looking forward to fighting it. The district has been treating mountain bikers as 3rd class users for 20 + years. It’s now payback time!
Z: good luck with that.
It’ll pass by 80 percent and you’ll have the parks people even more hateful about bikers.
Tom, I beg to disagree. Even in its most optimistic polls, the measure is not passing by more than 70%. In 1988, measure AA squeaked by a mere 2%. Cyclists have nothing to lose anyway. The park district hates us already, but if we defeat the measure the district will have no choice but to work with us.
Looking forward to the election. It should be fun.
And if the measure passes, I’ll keep riding the single tracks anyway. 🙂
I could see the threat of opposing it as a bargaining tactic, but I don’t see how defeating it helps you get more trails.
I’m guessing y’all have hashed this out in some detail … they seem to be like kids in a candy store throwing millions at everything.
Tom, you’re absolutely correct. The EBRPD will throw millions at all kind of nonsense, but there is no plan in there to create actually decent trails (contour, shaded single tracks) or get rid of the cattle that defecates and trample the trails. I doubt that the average user experience will be enhanced by the bond if it passes.
Z, that’s as short sighted as burning your home to spite your ex – wife, even though you got it in the split!
I really encourage you to get in touch with me, as I’ve been a staunch advocate (as you’d know if you communicated with the mountain biking clubs I talk to) of creatin g or opening more multi use trails throughout the District. I’ve met with dozens of mountain bike enthusiasts at our town hall – style meetings a couple of months ago and while out on the trail.
I’ve had to fight my own battles for access to State Park wilderness areas once upon a time. You want more access for mountain bikes? Quit complaining and contact me – get involved in the process of establishing that equilibrium and the idea that trails are for ALL users, not just hikers. I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think the representation of mountain biking clubs at the town hall meetings encouraged many who aren’t of the same mind as you and me to reexamine the multi – use trail definition. I had to fight the State as an army of one, to coin a phrase. You want to change the policies? Make your voice heard in a more constructive forum, not just “I’m taking my baseball and going home” kind of lashing out. You sound like the kind of person whose voice would help to open some eyes. I look forward to hearing from you!
Z, I’m with Bob: You guys need to get together.
I visited your site and read your account of how few trails for bikes have been allowed in East Bay parks. It’s a searing indictment. It’s like they want to wish mountain bikers out of existence. It’s your duty as an American citizen to change their perception.
Firm, determined lobbying for what you want has the best shot of getting it. Resorting to political theater is cathartic in the short run but ineffective in the long run. Who saves more trees, tree sitters or the Sierra Club lobbyists?
Z’s and 4wheelbob’s positions are not mutually exclusive. 4wheelbob speaks with great authority, but many of us have been lobbying for years only to see the EBRPD take irrational positions showing great determination to control “their ball” just because they can.
As Mountain Bikers we would be foolish to support more of our tax dollars going to an organization that is clearly against us. Our lack of support of measure AA does not prohibit us from continuing to lobby for access to the parks that we help pay for.
I will not support until I see favorable actions (not talk) for MTB. I will be there to listen on the 29th.
Why is Mt Diablo closed to MTB (fire hazard) but not the rest?
Why did Del Valles multiuse trail get bulldozed last yr bacuase an equestrian complained it was not wide enough then it was unridable for MTB for 1 yr?
Why not single shaded trails (vs Mohave desert) opened?
Why do rangers stop MTBrs just to make sure they dont go off trails at Ple Ridge? They told us they’re increasing staff just to make certain MTBrs stay non marked trails while peds go on the same trail and are ignored. Hmmmm. I have seen this personally, not hearsay.
I am also an equestrian and it’s amazing I get a hello from the same ranger on my horse then a glare on my MTB. My horse does more damage on a trail than an MTB would in decades.