The East Bay Regional Park District and the State Department of Parks and Recreation have signed a 30-year operating agreement for the Park District to operate the state-owned McLaughlin Eastshore State Park (see August-September 2012, page 6). The agreement, similar to those under which the Park District has long managed state-park areas at Crown Beach and Del Valle Regional Recreation Area, gives the District needed decision-making flexibility.
As part of the agreement, the Park District was given the approval to work up a plan for the park’s long-neglected “Brickyard” area in Berkeley. Knicknamed the “Dirt Hotel” because of the pile of dirt that was repeatedly stored there and then removed, the site finally can be developed into an actual park. The agreement lets the Park District seek $5,000,000 from the 1984 State Park Bond Act for that work. Hence, we can now move forward with realizing the dream of the Brickyard actually looking like and being developed as a park.
Norman La Force, chair, East Bay Public Lands Committee