We will acquire, develop, manage, and maintain a high quality, diverse system of interconnected parklands which balances public usage and education programs with protection and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.
The East Bay Regional Park District was created in 1934 by a decisive public vote. Early advocates for the park district sought to protect open spaces for their benefit and enjoyment. Many of the lands were originally in the hands of the East Bay Municipal Utility District; EBMUD had excess lands that it wished to sell. Rather than let the lands fall to the hands of developers, citizens rose up to protect them as parklands.
Tilden (originally Wildcat Canyon), Sibley Volcanic (originally Roundtop), and Lake Temescal became the first parks to open on October 18, 1936. Currently, according to the EBRPD website, they operate 65 areas and 29 regional trails. There is something for everyone in these parks; swimming, picnic areas, interpretive hikes, kayaking, fishing, backpacking, and even golf.
The park district is headquartered in Oakland and operates in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties as a Special District. A Special District can best be explained as a independent government agency that provides a specialized service (or services) within a defined boundary. Special Districts are formed at the behest of local residents that seek a service that the county, city, or state they live in is not able to provide.
The East Bay Regional Park District Mission: “We will acquire, develop, manage, and maintain a high quality, diverse system of interconnected parklands which balances public usage and education programs with protection and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.”
The park district is taxpayer funded and the Board of Directors are publicly elected officials. The Regional Parks Foundations is a non-profit which provides further support to the East Bay Regional Parks.
Click for an interactive map of all the parks (official park district site).
To find parks we have visited, check out our Adventure Map.
East Bay Regional Park District Hikes:
- Contra Loma and Black Diamond Mines Loop – 7.7 miles, moderate
- Briones Regional Park – 12 miles, moderate
- Black Diamond Mines – 12.6 miles, moderate
- Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail: Rose Peak – 20 -mile overnight, moderate
- Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail: Murretta Falls – 15.5 miles, strenuous
- Sibley Volcanic RP, Temescal RRA, Roberts RRA – various easy hikes
- Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail: Sunol Wilderness to Del Valle RP – 23 miles, strenuous (overnight possible)
- Brushy Peak RP and Morgan Territory RP – 2 separate moderate hikes
- Point Pinole Regional Shoreline – 4 miles, easy
- Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve – 3.5 miles, easy
- Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach and Hayward Regional Shoreline – 5 miles, easy and 10 miles, easy
- Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline – 3 miles, easy
- Sycamore Valley Regional OSP – 4 miles, easy
- Lake Chabot Regional Park – 10 miles, moderate
- Big Break Regional Shoreline and Marsh Creek Regional Trail – 23-mile paved bike ride, kayaking available
- Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area – 4 miles, easy, longer hike posible, great picnic spot
- Lafayette-Morage Regional Trail – 15-mile paved bike ride, connects to other trails in EBMUD
- Old-Moraga Ranch Regional Trail – 7 miles, moderate
- Wildcat Canyon Regional Park – 9 miles, moderate