Citizens for the Eastshore State Park
P.O. Box 6087, Albany, CA 94706
September 15, 1998
COMPILATION OF PAST CESP DECISIONS RE SPECIFIC PARK AREA USES TO SUPPLEMENT
"GOALS AND POLICIES"
A. For all the shoreline
1. Shoreline pedestrian trails should not have an impervious surface wherever
practical except as required for disabled or handicap access. Bike paths should
be separated from pedestrian paths wherever possible and should be inboard from
Trails can be used by hikers, joggers, strollers, non-motorized bikes, baby
buggies, and the disabled as long as such use is compatible with identified
2. Areas for controlled kite flying should exclude high performance kites and
should be confined to designated areas.
3. Motorized small planes should not be permitted.
4. Any structure or planting should respect the visual integrity of the
entire shore and should not impair the views of the Bay or the Eastbay hills.
(See I.6. Goals & Policies)
5. BCDC guidelines should govern houseboats and live-in boats, which should
be confined to existing marinas.
6. Ferry landings should not impact wildlife and should consider commuter
traffic, dredging, and parking and should benefit park users from other parts of
the Bay area.
7. There should be designated fishing areas and access to existing piers in
8. There should be a regional Nature and Interpretive Center with emphasis on
ecology and history of the Bay and its environs.
9. There should be overpasses at selected sites over I-80 for pedestrians,
disabled access and non-motorized bikes.
10. There should be provision for beach areas where possible for swimmers and
11. Park headquarters should be connected with nature and an interpretive
center next to the freeway.
12. Parking in the park should be kept at a minimum and screened.
13. No extension or widening of public roads in the park.
14. Utilities should be undergrounded.
B. Unacceptable uses
A. Camping facilities
B. RV facilities
C. Housing (with possible exception of ranger housing)
D. Conference centers?
E. Boutiques or specialty stores
F. Any industrial uses
H. Hotels or overnight lodging
I. Trapping, hunting or other weapon use except for animal control
J. Motorized planes, rockets and high performance kites
K. Horseback riding, except for police officers
Unresolved (to be discussed later)
Lighting, particularly for the Bay Trail. If the park does not close at dusk
lights will be necessary. Of concern is expense, vandalism, and the homeless.
Perhaps lights could be only on the Bay Trail and other selected trails.
Should there be a market? The Sea Breeze? Limited food concessions oriented
to park users that do not conflict with other park uses?
Should the frontage road be closed?
Is the foot of Gilman the most appropriate area for a ferry termiinal? The
Bay is shallow there and would have to be dredged but there is an area for
If and when the frontage roads are closed, parking may be provided between
Gilman and Ashby.
Should high performance kites be permissible at Cesar Chavez?
C. Guidelines for Shoreline Planning in Specific Areas
a. The plan should emphasize open space and passive recreation
b. Visual access should remain
c. Ponds and marshes should be retained and encouraged using natural
d. Picnic areas should be in appropriate areas and do not impact the habitat
and wildlife areas.
e. Group activities should be next to the freeway
f Native and other desirable vegetation should be protected and enhanced.
g. Some manmade structures are needed in certain areas, but natural processes
should be protected
h. Emerging beaches should be protected, including those at Schoolhouse Creek
and north of Point Emery.
i. A beach should be encouraged north of Ashby Spit
North Basin Strip
1. Launching facilities for small boats should be provided. There should not
be a ramp facility to accommodate large boats.
2. This area appears to be the appropriate location for a small facility for
rental of non-motorized rowboats and canoes. Motorized watercraft is not
appropriate due to the impact on bird life.
3. This area is most appropriate for park-related small commercial facilities
such as bicycle rental and food concessions, playing fields for youth and ferry
4. Vehicle parking should be confined to the northern section.
5. Playing fields should be confined to North Basin Strip as much as
1. Preserve and enhance seasonal meadows.
2. Pedestrian and other access will be restricted to trails.
3. There will be no parking in the meadow.
4. There should be no vehicular access on Virginia Street.
5. Small picnic areas and tables should be walk-in only and away from
6. The emerging marsh and beach at Schoolhouse Creek should be protected.
1. The mudflat in the cove on the southern portion should be protected and
trails should be set back 100 feet from the shoreline.
2. Small food and drink concessions, interpretive and nature centers should
Caesar Chavez Park
1. The entire perimeter should be for public access.
2. Uses of the park should be in accord with the city master plan.
3. There should be no organized playing fields.
Crescent - South Side
1. Access to the two beaches and the general area should not be improved or
2. Public access should not be allowe close to bird roosting areas.
3. Regular yearly cleanup should be scheduled between September and January
and should be cleaned only once a year.
4. Boundaries of the Eastshore State Park should be expanded to include the
wildlife protection area south of the bridge approach.
5. There should be discussion between the Park District and the city of
Emeryville about inclusion of the city park at the tip of the peninsula, which
CESP believes should be part of the Park. The continuous trail around the
peninsula should be completed and upgraded.
Crescent - North Side
1. There should be no public access to the marsh past the existing Audubon
2. There should be an overlook, benches and picnic tables on the four acres
of dry land on the north side of the marsh and south side of Powell Street.
3. Shorebird roosts should be protected while providing interpretive
4. Fencing or vegetation should be considered to prevent public degradation
for the entire Crescent shoreline.
1.Emery Point should become part of the Eastshore State Park.
2.The emerging beach north of Emery Point should be protected, cleaned up and
made accessible to windsurfers.
The majority of the area should be developed for fairly
intensive use by all age groups. Restrooms and drinking water should be provided
at convergent locations.
1. Southern side should have an area designated as playing fields for amateur
athletic activities, such as soccer, baseball and softball. Tree plantings,
berms and other windbreaks should be provided.
2. North of playing fields should be areas for a wide variety of outdoor
pleasures, including impromptu ball games, barbecue and picnic facilities,
grassy areas for sunning, volleyball, frisbees, reading and socializing. There
should be a small enclosed play area for small children.
3. On the northern edge there should be side-by-side bike and pedestrian
paths and secured bike parking areas. A barrier to isolate human activities
from a bird sanctuary in the upland habitat, the mudflats and the adjacent bay,
with breaks in the barrier for birdwatceng observation points and adequate
access to the waterfront. Interpretive display booths for use by schools and
park rangers should provide information on the history and geology, emphasizing
the ecology of the area and the ongoing story of the reclamation of the former
4. Food and refreshments should be available distant from the beach, not on
5. Because it would be desirable to consolidate services and information, a
single building should contain the interpretive center, restrooms and a
refreshment stand to be located on the southwest portion of the Plateau. The
area should be small, high quality and low profile, maybe using materials for
the landfill and street lamps with outdoor seating nearby.
Mouth of Codomices Creek
Expand the wetlands and enhance the marsh.
The Neck and Bulb
This area should be preserved as a semi-wild area,
reserved for hiking, enjoying views, observing plants and animals, and
opportunities for solitude not found in other areas.
1. Every effort should be made to avoid disturbing existing landforms and
2. Non-native plants should be brought under control or eliminated.
3. Many of the existing narrow trails on the Bulb should be preserved for
hiking and exploring.
4. A pedestrian path should circle (?) the Bulb, maybe with a wooden walkway
along the western edge, designed to minimize impacts on water birds using the
lagoon and levees.
5. Exposed concrete and rebar that are safety hazards should be removed.
6. The upper trail along the neck should be for pedestrians only.
1. The beach and the dunes behind it should be preserved and enhanced in a
2. An area east of the beach and dunes (I 80) should be converted from
parking to a natural landscape, as well as a similar width band from the Beach
to Fleming Point.
3. The fragile dune habitat should be protected.
4. Food and refreshments should not be located on the beach.
5. The taller southern pier near Fleming Pt. should be reconstructed to
provide a fishing and viewing platform.
6. Correct the drainage problem east of the dunes to allow Bay Trail passage
and eliminate pollution runoff from the parking lot.
This should be preserved as a vista point along the Bay
1. Along the crest, an area 50' wide should be converted from parking to
accommodate the Bay Trail and a viewing area with benches.
2. Every effort should be made to provide wheelchair access
3. The "Horsemen's Lot" should be converted to a vista point or a picnic
The Bay Trail should circle Golden Gate Fields along the shoreline.
1. Swimming should be permitted at the beach if water quality, bottom surface
and the slope are safe for swimmers.
2. Non-motorized boating such as kayaks and windsurfing should be allowed
along the beach, the south side of the Neck and the south and west sides of the
Bulb. The launching pathway should be in an appropriate location clear of the
3. The mudflats from the tip of the Bulb to Pt. Isabel should be designated
as a bird sanctuary and should be posted as such.
4. Dogs should be on leash and confined to existing trails.
Since the Albany landfill only accepted relatively inert wastes such as
concrete rubble and construction debris and no household garbage or industrial
waste, a cap may not be necessary. The State closure order can be modified to
allow preservation of positive aspects of the ecology of the Bulb.