Point San Pablo Peninsula
Point San San Pablo Peninsula in the City
of Richmond extends north from the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge (I-580)
to Point San Pablo. Point San Pablo along with Point San Pedro
in Marin County are regional landmarks defining the San Pablo Straits
separating San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.
This web site has
been developed as a public service for those interested in the
future of the Point San Pablo Peninsula. It contains information
on the peninsula's history, current land use
plans and proposals
for future development, public parks, open space and trails. It
will be updated periodically to provide information on proposed
amendments to Richmond's General Plan and specific development,
park and trail proposals as documents become available for public
review and comment to elected officials
and government agencies.
This peninsula has over a century of
rich, fascinating history, including
resource extraction (shrimping, whaling, sardine canning and quarrying),
winemaking, ferry and industrial port operations ranging from "oil for the lamps of China" to
fuel storage and shipping for the U.S. Navy. The eastern, inland
side of the Peninsula is occupied by Chevron's refining facilities.
However, the western side of the peninsula's 465-foot high ridge
line now stands vacant with about 4.5 miles of shoreline on San
Francisco and San Pablo Bays.
As shown on the land
ownership map, Point San Pablo itself is owned
by the City of Richmond and once was the site of the City's
Terminal 4, which no longer is economically viable as
a marine terminal and, hence, has been removed from the Seaport
Plan approved by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission
and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Offshore Point
San Pablo is the historic East Brother
Light Station with its 1873 Victorian lighthouse maintained
by the nonprofit East Brother Light Station, Inc. and operated
as a B&B.
The City owns former Naval Fuel Depot Point Molate whereas Chevron owns most of other lands on the western side of the peninsula
with the exception of the privately owned Point San Pablo Yacht
Harbor and a small parcel of vacant land at Castro Point near the
bridge. However, Chevron has no active operations on the western
side of the peninsula, and its Point Orient Wharf is dormant.
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