Recommendations for the Eastshore State Park in
As passed by the Berkeley Waterfront Commission on
September 12 2001
The Berkeley Waterfront Commission recommends the following
general land and water use guidelines for the portions of the Eastshore
State Park within the City of Berkeley.
These guidelines and recommendations are based on the Waterfront
Commission's assessment of the habitat and open space value of the park,
and on the unique recreational opportunities offered by the configuration
of the Berkeley shoreline, the adjacent Berkeley Marina, and Cesar
The recommended mix of habitat preservation and recreational
development is considered in the context of the large areas of ESP to the
north and south that are committed to habitat preservation, and in the
context of the need to provide a diverse range of recreational
opportunities in the closest possible proximity to the large population
centers of Berkeley and the East Bay.
General Use Guidelines
- Some areas of the ESP in Berkeley should be
preserved for open space and wildlife habitat.
- Some areas of the ESP in Berkeley should be developed for the
purpose of maximizing opportunities for human recreation, both on shore
- Where there are conflicts between water-borne recreation and
winter bird populations, these should be resolved by means of seasonal
operating restrictions rather than by withdrawing support for these
activities from the park plan.
- Non-motorized and public transit access should be encouraged, but
the high demand for parking should also be
- Facilities and improvements supporting non-
motorized water-borne recreation in the North Sailing Basin should be
- Facilities and improvements supporting diverse non-motorized
recreational land uses on the North Basin Strip should be developed.
- Improvements supporting diverse non-motorized recreational land
uses (picnic areas, trails, and playing fields) should be developed on some
portions of the Meadow and Brickyard. Other portions of the Meadow and
Brickyard should be preserved as open space and as wildlife habitat.
- The parking plan should include a parking lot at the west edge of
the Meadow, of sufficient size to serve both the Meadow and Cesar
Planning Process recommendations
- Recreational uses and support facilities should be
planned in coordination with external demands. Existing parks, programs
and activities in the Berkeley Marina have created pressures for
additional parking, small craft facilities, and water access on the
Berkeley waterfront, and these demands should be addressed by the park
- A transportation plan should be developed that takes Berkeley
and Cesar Chavez Park traffic, particularly during heavily attended public
events, into consideration. This plan should consider the possibility of
ferry service to the existing terminal in the Marina, and/or to a new
terminal at the foot of Gilman Street.