Trails for Richmond Action Committee
– – Keith Laughlin, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Meet the TRAC Steering Committee
Top row – Donald Bastin, Nancy Strauch, Chair Bruce Beyaert & Vice Chair Bruce Brubaker Bottom row – Andrew Butt, Claudia Garcia & Michelle Hook
Photo by Don Gosney
TRAC, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee was formed July 1999 with its Mission to:
1. Complete the San Francisco Bay Trail in Richmond, assuring that it is linked to public parks and population centers and maintained in perpetuity and
2. Promote use and enjoyment of the Bay Trail by all who live and work in Richmond and as a visitor attraction to showcase the City of Richmond’s shoreline.
When TRAC was founded, Richmond had only 12 miles of San Francisco Bay Trail fragments. This has burgeoned to 36 miles in 20 years thanks primarily to the City of Richmond and East Bay Regional Park District with strong support from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Bay Trail Project, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the California Coastal Conservancy.
TRAC has acquired $9.4 million in grant funds used by the City of Richmond to close gaps in the Bay Trail! Stimulated by TRAC’s Interpretive Subcommittee, over 50 new interpretive and way finding exhibits have mushroomed to enrich the Bay Trail experience.
TRAC is working with the City of Richmond, East Bay Regional Park District and the private sector to close the 6.4 miles of gaps remaining in Richmond’s planned Bay Trail. The Richmond Bay Trail Network of supporters is kept informed about Bay Trail events and progress and occasionally asked for emails to support completing the Bay Trail in Richmond. There is no cost to join the Richmond Bay Trail Network – just email us!
TRAC has received many awards for working with diverse partners to expedite completion of the Bay Trail in Richmond, e.g. the Clearwater Award by the Waterfront Center in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Public Services Award, City of Richmond Community Services and Historic Preservation awards, the Association of Bay Area Governments Award For Service to Local Government and Dedication to the San Francisco Bay Trail and the American Lung Association Clean Air Award.
- TRAC Chair Bruce Beyaert is a Director of the San Francisco Bay Trail Project, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee to the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. He served nine years as a Director of Save the Bay, 16 years on the Advisory Committee to EBRPD’s Board of Directors and was Chevron’s Manager of Environmental Planning worldwide. He received the Bob Walker Bay Area Open Space Award from the Bay Area Open Space Council and the Bay Area 2010 Cox Conserves Hero award from Trust for Public Land.
- TRAC Vice Chair Bruce Brubaker is an architect experienced in urban design. He works with PlaceWorks, , a planning firm in Berkeley, on downtown plans, transit-oriented development and streetscape. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee to EBRPD’s Board of Directors and served on Richmond’s Point Molate Community Advisory Committee.
- Donald Bastin who chairs TRAC’s Interpretive Subcommittee, authored the Richmond book in the Images of America series and is on the Board of Directors of Contra Costa County Historical Society. He served as Director of the Richmond Museum of History and is a founding member of the El Sobrante Historical Society.
- Andrew Butt is a licensed architect and Managing Principal at Interactive Resources, a Richmond-based design firm specializing in public sector work with an emphasis on sustainable, and environmentally-sensitive design. He has served on a number of local non-profit boards, and is a founding member and President of Point Richmond Music. Andrew currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission for the City of Richmond.
- Claudia Garcia is an Environmental Planner with Ascent, an urban planning firm in the Bay Area and served as Planning Commissioner for the City of Richmond until 2019. Her background is in plant ecology, physical anthropology, and GIS. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Environmental Professionals, a mentor for the UC Berkley Students of Color Environmental Collective, and a variety of student outreach programs.
- Michelle Hook is a project and landscape designer at PlaceWorks, an urban design and environmental planning firm in Berkeley. She holds a B.S in biological sciences from UC Davis, and a Master in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley. She has previous work experience in outdoor education and environmental policy work with the Sierra Club.
Under the leadership of TRAC Chair Bruce Beyaert (center, holding sign), the organization has added 22 miles to the Bay Trail along the Richmond Shoreline, creating the single-longest segment in the regional path. Shown with Beyaert are TRAC board members (top row, left to right) Kim Hampton and Andrew Butt; and (front row, left to right) TRAC Vice Chair Bruce Brubaker, Interpretive Subcommittee Chair Donald Bastin, and board members Jerry Rasmussen, Whitney Dotson and Nancy Strauch.