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Update on Richmond's portion of bay trail
By Chris Treadway
Contra Costa Times

Posted: 01/31/2011 03:45:14 PM PST Updated: 02/01/2011 01:26:02 PM PST

It wouldn't be a new year without the annual report from the Trails for Richmond Action Committee documenting local progress of the San Francisco Bay Trail and the outlook for the year ahead.

Now at 28.2 miles, Richmond's portion of completed trail remains the longest of any city on the shoreline route intended one day to circle the Bay with a 500-mile hiking and biking pathway.

Local highlights noted by TRAC include paving, striping and Rosie the Riveter directional signs on the 2.4-mile Kaiser Shipyard 3 Trail in the Port of Richmond. The work was done by Auto Warehousing Company as part of its Honda Port of Entry. The port last year also called for bids to install interpretive and sculptural exhibits and a hillside overlook trail.

Work also proceeded on completing what will be a 2.5-mile loop trail around former the West County Landfill, with that project set for completion this spring. A $12,500 donation by landfill operator Republic Services has allowed TRAC to start putting together a Wildcat Marsh and Landfill Loop Trail Guide and interpretive exhibits on the new section of trail. "The trail guide will include a one-mile connection with the Wildcat Creek Trail to be built in 2011 by East Bay Regional Park District," TRAC notes.

In Point Richmond, a new guide to the Ferry Point Loop Trail was created with support from the East Bay Regional Park District, the National Park Service and the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau. The guide, which can also be downloaded at the TRAC website, was mailed to local households and businesses along with Richmond Sanitary Service bills.

Grants and regional bond measure funds will cover Richmond's cost of closing gaps in the Ferry Point Loop between Dornan Drive and the Shipyard 3 Trail.

Still ahead are trail connections in Richmond and Pinole to Point Pinole Regional Shoreline.

You can read the full report at and get regular updates by sending an e-mail to