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Posted on Sat, Dec. 31, 2005
Cash puts Richmond trail on right track
By John Geluardi
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
The Bay Trail in Richmond will get another infusion of cash
next year that will go toward completing a one-mile gap that
runs between a sanitary landfill and a wastewater pool.
While some may not think it's the most charming section of Richmond's
beautiful north shoreline, it will move the city that much closer
to completing its 41 miles of scenic Bay Trail.
East Bay Regional Park District board members added $350,000
to the proposed 2005-06 budget earlier this month. About $200,000
will go toward design and environmental studies for the one-mile
section of the trail that will connect the Wildcat Creek Trail
with the West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill. That portion of
the trail will cross a levee on the west edge of a West County
Wastewater pool. The cost to close the one-mile gap is estimated
The remaining $150,000 will go to planning and design of uncompleted
trail sections near Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. The Richmond
Bay Trail is part of the 400-mile San Francisco Bay Trail project.
The trail will ultimately encircle the San Francisco and San
Pablo bays and connect all nine Bay Area counties. To date, about
240 miles of the trail have been completed.
The funding is good news to Bruce Beyaert, chairman of the Trails
for Richmond Action Committee, a nonprofit group formed six years
ago to expedite the completion of Richmond Bay Trail.
"There is finally some movement toward completing the northern
portions of the Bay Trail where there is great open space, expansive
views over San Pablo Bay and great shorebirds," said Beyaert
In Richmond, 24 miles of the Bay Trail has either been completed
or is under construction.
The Bay Trail in Richmond is almost entirely complete along
Richmond's southern waterfront that runs from Miller/Knox Shoreline
Park to Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. That part of the trail
offers numerous World War II sculpture exhibits in the Rosie
the Riveter World War II/Home Front National Historical Park,
Lucretia Edwards Park and the Shimada Friendship Park.
"Richmond has such an incredibly scenic shoreline with
great historical exhibits that tell the story of the Kaiser shipyards," Beyaert
said. "The beauty of the Bay Trail is that it gives everybody
the opportunity to exercise and recreate in the truest sense
of the word. It's a great escape from the stresses of urban life." Contact
John Geluardi at 510-262-2787 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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