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EBATC Announcements, Meeting Minutes, News: January 2006

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Happy Holiday Trails to All EBATC JANUARY MEETING

East Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Bay Area I hope all of you had a great holiday season. 7:15 to 9:30 pm
Trails Thanks to all who were able to attend the an-
East Bay Regional Park District
Council nual EBATC Holiday Party in December.
Headquarters: Board Room
❧ 2950 Peralta Court, Oakland
Although winter can be a quiet time for trail
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activities, it can be a productive time for trail
Oaks advocacy. While we may spend less time out
Agenda: January 18, 2005 Meeting
Court on the trail during cold and wet weather, win-
tertime can be a good time to reflect on the
❧ 1. Call to order: 7:15 p.m.
many adventures we had during the year and
Oakland, Approval of Agenda: Action
to plan for next year. Our January meeting
California Approval of Nov. 2005 Minutes: Action
signals the annual cycle for submittal of trails
❧ to be evaluated under the EBRPD Trail Use
2. Project Reports
94605 Change Checklist procedure. The Trail Use
Bay Area Ridge Trail Report
Change Checklist evolved from a Bicycle
Alameda Countywide Bicycle
Matrix that was developed by a Committee
Plan Update Report
of EBRPD staff, PAC members, and a mem-
BTCEB Recommendation: Sobrante
ber of the Board of Directors. The purpose of
Ridge, Towhee and Upper Pine Tree
the Checklist is to provide staff and trail use
Trails, Others Discussion/Action
change proponents with a specific tool and a
clear process for evaluating proposed changes
3. Ordinance 38 Checklist
in use to an existing trail.
Schedule for 2006 Checklist review
For many years, both the East Bay Area Trails
Council (EBATC) and the Bicycle Trails Coun-
4. New Business
cil of the East Bay (BTCEB) have requested
The EBATC that additional trails be opened to additional
5. March 15 EBATC meeting chair/agenda.
is composed users. Both organizations have recommended
of public changes in policy and have recommended
6. Reports from members
specific trails for increased access. Ultimately,
the District adopted the checklist for evaluat-
equestrians, ing proposed changes in use on trails. Al- sider diverse viewpoints and, hopefully, cre-
hikers, though the checklist was intended to be pri- ate consensus for a list of trails to be submit-
bicyclists, marily a tool for staff, it was also designed to ted to the District. This is the third cycle since
and address comments and concerns raised by the adoption of the checklist. Two cycles have
members of the public representing a variety been completed, resulting in two sections of
of trail interests including hiking, bicycling, trail open to multi-use. A third trail from the
-ists who are environmental, and equestrian uses. 2005 cycle, Zeile Creek Trail in Garin, appears
committed to be progressing toward a positive recom-
to furthering The District agreed to work closely with the mendation to the Board.
the East Bay Area Trails Council during this an-
nual cycle. Our organization represents a Our January meeting is the opportunity for
protection of
variety of trail users and organizations, and the Trails Council, along with its member or-
the scenic has been working with the District for over ganizations and individual members to make
and 30 years on open space protection, trail de- recommendations for the 2006 cycle. The Dis-
recreational velopment, and other trail use issues. Addi- trict will choose a maximum of two trails for
resources of tionally, EBATC meetings provide an oppor- evaluation in the annual review. Staff will
tunity for our members and members of the consider our recommendations for impacts
the East Bay.
public to discuss trail use change ideas, con- continued on back page
EBATC Minutes – November 16, 2005 Mt. Diablo Trail.

Attendees: g. Calaveras Ridge Trail; A number of

Michael Kelley small segments have been acquired from private
Eric Muhler owners in order to connect Las Trampas and
Howard Hornig Pleasanton Ridge. Most of these trails will be
Chris Towles multi-use. A segment is being created that will be
Morris Older narrow, that at this point will not be multi-use due
Harry Silcocks to topography constraints.
Judy Etheridge
Rich Guarienti h. Major land acquisitions have occurred
Ed Mendelsohn in the Las Trampas Park area, totaling approxi-
Dan Levy mately 1000 acres. An effort is being made regard-
Bob Power ing the “Knee-Knocker trail” currently partially on
Jamie Perkins Rossmoor private property. Trail is popular with
Jim Townsend mt. bikers, horseback riders, and hikers.
Judi Bank
Marilynn Terstegge i. A number of gap closure segments in
the Iron Horse and Delta De Anza Regional Trails
The October 2006 minutes were approved. have been completed the past 2 years, including
the development of the Walden Greenspace which
Trail Development provides for IHT at the Pleasant Hill BART Sta-
Jim Townsend, EBRPD Trail Development tion.
Program Manager, gave a presentation on EBRPD
Regional Trail projects that have been completed Brushy Peak Regional Preserve opening
in the past two years as well as upcoming Regional Rich reported that the celebrated opening
Trail projects. The projects he discussed included of the new EBRPD/Livermore Recreation and Park
the following, but the list is not exhaustive: District (LARPD) Preserve in Livermore was good,
though cold and foggy at first. Approx. 150-200
a. Bayfront Park in Pinole , bridge over people attended.
Pinole Creek, connecting two segments of SF Bay See new trail map at
Trail. There were seven different entities involved parks/brushy.htm.
with this industrial area along the San Pablo Bay
(i.e. local, state agencies, and private parties, land- Narrow multi-use trails at Del Valle
owners, etc.). EBRPD has also reached a tentative Eric reported that there have been no re-
agreement with BioRad regarding the acquisition ports of trail conflicts or complaints on the narrow
of land and alignment of future SF Bay Trail in multiuse Swallow Bay and Heron Bay Trails. There
Hercules connecting to the existing Victoria-by-the- was one accident involving a biker, but it did not
Bay subdivision segment of SF Bay Trail to the involve another user. Shelly Miller (Del Valle Park
west. Supervisor) is pleased with the way things are go-
ing so far on these trails. However, she requested
b. Point Isabel project more work be done to educate bicyclists and hik-
ers to NOT use the numerous bootleg trails in the
c. Regional trail in Martinez area, over area. BTCEB reps said that they would increase
Alhambra Creek connecting to downtown the number of bike patrol hours in those areas in
Martinez. an effort to reduce bootleg trail usage among bik-
ers and hikers.
d. SF Bay Trail across Damon Slough in Eric (BTCEB) indicated that BTCEB was
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Park planning on contacting Shelly about doing trail
work in 2006 to help eliminate bootleg trails. Jamie
e. Bay Area Ridge Trail (BART) segment; reported that the EBRPD Ivan Dickson Volunteer
4 mile section in Crockett to be completed in De- Trail Maintenance Program is planning on address-
cember. Gala grand opening of the new Crockett ing this issue with trail work, that BTCEB efforts
Hills Regional Park will be Saturday, April 1, 2006. should be concentrated on those days, and that
they should coordinate with her.
f. Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail; segment that
was on John Muir Hospital (JMH) property was Zeile Creek Trail (Garin Reg. Park) use change
realigned. JMH will maintain the trail. This leaves checklist public meeting
only 1 short gap left for completing the Briones to Jamie gave update on Zeile Creek use
change status. Four people came to public meet- ROUND ROBIN
ing and ten emails have been received with public EBATC email listserv
comments. Public comment period ends on 11/ Michael discussed the EBATC email
18/05. In early 2006, Board Committee will vote listserv, and that it should be utilized more often
to approve/disapprove. In mid 2006 the full and used for pro-active discussion about any coun-
EBRPD Board will vote. EBATC recommendations cil business, included the 2006 trail use change pro-
for 2006 use change checklist nominated trails posals. Any member can email the entire council
should be made by end of January. be using the following address:

Additional items on Trail Use Change Checklist Possible 4th recommendation for Trail Use Change
Jamie advised members of a few final Checklist
changes to the checklist for use in 2006, one made Morris Older shared that the section of
by the EBRPD Environmental Roundtable and one Wildcat Trail that goes around Lake Anza in Tilden
by staff (generally minor wording changes and de- Park is not safe for equestrians; however, the trail
letions to make checklist more clear and concise, map indicates that equestrians can use. Other folks
including 1) Remove impact rating (staff), and 2) are familiar with the trail segment and agree with
Questions 26. “Would the proposed changed use the observation. Morris will check with the Tilden
significantly affect the experience of existing trail Supervisor to see if the trail is actually off-limits to
users?” available for viewing on District website- equestrians and there simply was a mistake made
see, “downloads” trail use when printing the maps. If that is not the case,
checklist and statement of purpose. EBATC shall consider making a recommendation
EBATC also asked if EBRPD staff consid- to the District for an additional trail use change
ers installing mitigating items, such as signs, mir- checklist process.
rors, gates, speed bumps, or any other creative
ideas that may counter a troublesome part of a trail Holiday Party
as far as multi-use goes. Jamie suggested that December EBATC meeting (12/14) will be
EBATC could include these ideas in a letter to the the Holiday Dinner at Compadres Restaurant on
District with the nominated trails to put through Park Blvd. in Oakland. RSVP to Jamie P.
the checklist.
January Meeting
2006 Trail Use Change Checklist Proposals January 18 EBATC meeting will be chaired
BTCEB members presented photos and by former EBATC President, Glenn Kirby.
descriptions for possible trail use changes to nomi-
nate to EBRPD in 2006. Folks should go out and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council fundraiser
use these trails before voting in January whether Bob reports that there will be a Ridge Trail
or not to recommend trail use change to EBRPD fundraiser, luncheon, and auction at the Trudeau
Staff. Initial discussion was informative and effi- Center in Redwood Park on 12/3/05. One of the
cient. BTCEB members are available to accompany many exciting items to be auctioned will be a horse-
anyone to the trail if so desired (i.e. joint bike/horse back ride with Mr. Morris Older.
back ride, joint hike and bike ride, with sufficient
trail survey permission attained from Staff). Con- Ridge Trail in Marin dedication day
tact Chris Towles at Michael reported on the dedication. All
to set anything up, please do so before January user groups were represented well. Many speak-
EBATC meeting. The proposed trails are: ers were heard and the event was a success - a tri-
umph for the Ridge Trail and especially local Marin
a) segment of El Sobrante Ridge Trail trail advocates.
(EBRPD Sobrante Ridge Park) from housing de-
velopment on east side of park, up to the fire road Joaquin Miller Park (JMP) signage improvement
on top of the ridge. This trail is also part of the Judi reports on the JMP signage improve-
Bay Area Ridge Trail. ments project. Work continues in the JMP Work-
b) segment of Towhee Trail (EBRPD An- ing Group.
thony Chabot Park) from north side of camp-
ground road, looping around to Honker Bay Trail. Land acquisition in Central Contra Costa County;
c) Unnamed trail in upper part of EBRPD Ed announces that 39 acres of land was
Briones Park. This trail will be referred to as “Up- donated to Contra Costa County public open space
per Pine” trail, and it parallels the narrow road that from the Humphrys Housing Development.
winds up to the Old Bear Creek Staging area.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Minutes prepared by Chris Towles
Holiday Trails: continued from front page
identified in the Checklist, such as those on natu- Although this annual process appears to many to
ral resources, circulation, safety and compatibility be bureaucratic and time consuming, the Board of
of uses. Staff will also evaluate the fiscal impacts Directors has listened to EBATC and has made
on the District, including staff time commitment, some significant changes in both policy and in
materials, equipment time, and other associated practice. Although user conflicts on trails remain
construction costs as well as long-term mainte- a divisive issue for many trail users in the East Bay,
nance costs. Additionally, the Checklist process is our ongoing involvement has resulted in benefits
intended to apply only to use change requests that and increased access to trails users, particularly
would not require significant physical changes trail cyclists. Let’s continue to help ensure posi-
which could trigger CEQA or an amendment to tive progress.
the park’s Land Use Plan, or require more than
vegetation clearing or new signage. More details See you at the meeting,
than I want to go into here can be reviewed on the
District web site at: \o “ Glenn Kirby
w w w. e b p a r k s . o r g / re s o u r c e s / p d f / m i s c /
checklist_purpose.pdf. All of this information will
then be presented to the Board of Directors at Board
Committee meetings and at a general Board Meet-
ing, usually in the February or March. All of these
meetings are open to the public. Interested mem-
bers of the public are invited to attend our January
meeting and later meetings.

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