CESP, Citezens for the Eastshore State Park, produced this list of
Goals and Policy guidelines. It was distributed to the Waterfront Commission
Citizens for the Eastshore State Park
P.O. Box 6087, Albany, CA 94706
GOALS AND POLICIES FOR THE EASTSHORE STATE PARK
The Eastshore State Park (ESP) should provide appropriate public
access, further environmental awareness and protect and restore valuable
I - GENERAL POLICIES TO GUIDE ESP PLANNING
- Land and water habitats should be protected and enhanced..
Planning for the park should include the identification and designation
of natural preserves and environmentally significant areas and the
preservation, restoration and enhancement of ecologically valuable
areas, including riparian and other habitats.
- Conservation activities such as wetland restoration and
ecological studies should be encouraged.
- Manmade facilities should be kept to a minimum and be park related.
- Open space, public access and recreational uses should be
major elements of the park.
- Other uses must not impair the open space character of the
- Views of the Bay and the hills from the shoreline should be
- The Richmond, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland
waterfronts should not be planned in isolation, but planned together as
an integrated waterfront through cooperative efforts.
- A safe and secure environment should be provided for children
- The Park should benefit the people of the region as a whole.
II - GENERAL LAND USE POLICIES
- The Park should provide recreational opportunities for the
diverse population, including all incomes, races, sexes and abilities.
- Ecologically valuable plant and animal habitats should be
preserved and restored. New habitats in suitable areas should be
developed. Nature Preserve areas should be designated.
- A continuous Bay Trail system which accommodates safe and
convenient use by pedestrians, the disabled and bicyclists, with spur
trails to special points of interest should be provided.
- An unbroken stretch of open space along the shoreline should
- Public access in all waterfront areas where access will not adversely
impact wildlife habitats should be provided. The recreational and cultural
values of access must be subordinated to the needs of wildlife and native
- Areas which require special management or regulation because
of hazards such as unstable or contaminated soil, flooding, ecological
fragility, seismic danger, or other special conditions should be
- Motorized vehicle use (other than wheelchairs and maintenance
vehicles) should be prohibited anywhere in the park, except on
- Parking should be away from the shore. There should be
drop-off areas near the shore for the elderly and disabled.
- There should be safe, quiet, convenient and reliable public
transit and other alternatives to private auto use, in order to reduce
pollution and need for parking.
- The water quality of the Bay and the air quality of the region
should be enhanced, not degraded..
- Beaches as a recreational resource should be protected and
enhanced, and their natural formation encouraged.
- Understanding of natural and cultural history should be
encouraged through interpretive facilities.
- Picnic and recreational sites should be designated.
- A variety of recreational opportunities compatible with these
goals and policies, including multi-use, unstructured playing fields,
should be provided.
- Appreciation of the natural features and beauty of San
Francisco Bay should be promoted.