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Celebrate Bay Trail and TRAC Anniversaries on June 6-7

Friends of the Bay Trail in Richmond,


Please join TRAC Steering Committee members the weekend of June 6 - 7 on diverse Bay Trail outings celebrating both the 20th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Trail and the 10th anniversary of TRAC, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee.


These walking and biking outings will offer unique opportunities to learn about the 26 miles of Bay Trail completed in Richmond, as well as plans to to close key gaps in the planned route.  Participants will have opportunities to snag cool Bay Trail swag such as elegant, informative trail guides, bandanas, bicycle stickers & magnets, as well as special discounted subscriptions to Bay Nature magazine.  State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and ABAG Bay Trail Project staff already have announced their plans to participate in the outings scheduled for Saturday, June 6.  Come and join them for these fun events.


Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. to noon: Bay Trail World War II Home Front History Walk. Tour Richmond's scenic Marina Bay and stop at the wonderful interpretive panels along the Bay Trail with Donald Bastin, Executive Director of Richmond Museum of History. Visit the Rosie the Riveter Memorial. Imagine the furiously hectic days of World War II, when this quiet marina was the center of ship-building on the Pacific Coast. This small area is the home of four people-friendly parks, each of which has its unique charm. Stop at the renovated Ford Assembly Plant first opened in 1931, which assembled trucks and jeeps for the war effort and prepared tanks for shipment to the war theaters around the world. Afterwards, stop at local restaurants for lunch, or picnic along the shore. Approximately 3 miles of ADA-accessible easy walking with no elevation gain. Meeting Place: Shimada Friendship Park. Driving Directions: take I-580 to Richmond, exit Marina Bay Parkway, drive south approximately one mile toward the bay. As the bay comes into view, turn left into Shimada Friendship Park. For more information, phone Donald Bastin at 510-235-7387.


Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. to noon: Bay Trail Walk on San Pablo Bay Between Wildcat & San Pablo Creeks. Join Larry Burch and Peter Nuti of Republic Services and Bruce Beyaert of TRAC for a three-mile walk previewing the planned Bay Trail loop featured in the April - June issue of Bay Nature magazine (http://baynature.org/articles/apr-jun-2009/west-county-landfill-loop-trail). Few people are aware of the rich marshes where Wildcat and San Pablo creeks enter San Pablo Bay after their long wanderings through western Contra Costa County. The Bay Trail passes a fascinating array of resource recovery and recycling operations on the site of a former landfill before reaching tidal wetlands teeming with wildlife and spectacular vistas, including Point San Pablo across the water with Mount Tamalpais rising behind it. ADA-accessible easy walking with no elevation gain. Rain cancels. Meeting Place: Bay Trail staging area at former West County Landfill. Driving Directions: take Richmond Parkway from I-80 or I-580 and turn west on Parr Blvd. toward San Pablo Bay. Bear left to cross San Pablo Creek and then left into trailhead parking area. For more information, phone Bruce Beyaert at 510-235-2835.


Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m. to noon: Bay Trail Bike Ride Featuring Shipyard 3 in Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Preview the new Kaiser Shipyard 3 Bay Trail segment to be built this year. Enjoy spectacular Bay vistas and bird life while exploring shoreline with fascinating WWII Home Front shipbuilding history, artifacts (outfitting dry docks, whirley crane, S.S. Red Oak Victory ship) and learn about Rosie the Riveters with Jerry Rasmussen of TRAC. After the ride, participants may dine at a deli or restaurant in Point Richmond Historic District or picnic with their own provisions in Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline. Six to seven miles with a moderately challenging elevation gain of about 100'. Participants should bring: bike, helmet (imperative!), layers of clothing, binoculars, camera. etc. Rain cancels. Meeting Place: Richmond Municipal Natatorium (The Plunge) at Garrard Blvd. & E. Richmond Ave. one block south of Cutting Blvd. Either bike there via Bay Trail using attached map or drive. Driving Directions: From Berkeley, take I-580 to Point Richmond exit , drive one block south to Cutting Blvd., two blocks west to Garrard, one block south to East Richmond Ave. From Pinole, take Richmond Parkway to Garrard Avenue. From Marin, Castro Street exit from I-580 to turn right, then left on Tewksbury, right on Railroad Ave and left on E. Richmond Ave. For more Information: phone Jerry Rasmussen at 510-237-9824. 


As shown on the attached map, Richmond has 26 miles of San Francisco Bay Trail completed -- more than any other city on this planned 500-mile hiking and biking trail encircling San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.  The Bay Trail in Richmond now links City, Regional, State and National shoreline parks -- Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, Eastshore State Park, four Marina Bay parks, Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park and Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline, as well as the Richmond Greenway and Wildcat Creek Regional Trail. Moreover, it connects neighborhoods with the shoreline and with each other, including Richmond Annex, Marina Bay, Point Richmond, Atchison Village, Iron Triangle and North Richmond.


            TRAC Steering Committee




phone/fax 510-235-2835