Management of the Eastshore State Park is mired in bureaucratic turf squabbles.
The park is a state park, but it is operated by the East Bay Regional Park District under a memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Parks and Recreation. The Park District is required to clear decisions with State Parks, but this procedure has gummed up decisions on even simple matters. It has stalled completion of park development for the Brickyard area for over a decade.
State Parks provides no funding for the operation or maintenance of the park. The funding comes from the Park District’s Measure CC tax measure.
The Park District operates two other state parks, Crown Beach and Del Valle, with 50-year operating agreements that allow the District to operate these parks as regional parks without the bureaucratic difficulties that exist at Eastshore. The Park District wants a similar arrangement for Eastshore.
Write to the Park District at:
East Bay Regional Park District
P.O. Box 5381
Oakland, CA 94605,
expressing your support for a 50-year operating agreement for the Eastshore State Park.