January 17, 2017

Contact your legislators to help save Tesla Park

Preserving the Tesla Park land is important because of its unique place in the regional ecosystem and its associated biodiversity. Tesla Park contains numerous threatened, endangered, and protected species, varied terrain, and rare plant communities, aside from its cultural riches and scenic beauty. Photo by Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds.

Preserving the Tesla Park land is important because of its unique place in the regional ecosystem and its associated biodiversity. Tesla Park contains numerous threatened, endangered, and protected species, varied terrain, and rare plant communities, aside from its cultural riches and scenic beauty. Photo by Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds.

We need your help to Save Tesla Park (see October-November Yodeler, page 3). This biologically unique and culturally important landscape in eastern Alameda County would be devastated if off-highway-vehicle recreation is allowed there. Tesla Park should be protected now and for future generations.

One of our strategies for protecting Tesla is to change its use plan at the state level to designate Tesla as a non-motorized recreation park and “sensitive area” (this is the bureaucratically correct term for making this area effectively a preserve). Tesla is located in the districts of Assemblymember Joan Buchanan and Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, who support preserving Tesla Park. Now we are working to expand the legislative support across the Bay Area caucus.


Contact your state senator and assemblymember at:

State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

If you live in the district of Rep. Eric Swalwell, contact him at:

5075 Hopyard Road, # 220
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Urge them to ask Resource Agency Secretary John Laird and State Parks Director Anthony Jackson to designate Tesla Park as a non-motorized historic and natural-resource park and sensitive-area preserve.

For more information about Tesla see http://sanfranciscobay.sierraclub.org/environment/tesla-site.htm.

Celeste Garamendi, Friends of Tesla


  1. Jeff E. C. Clark says:

    I think the area should be expanded for motorcycle use. This allows people from all over the bay area to not have to drive 150 miles to other off hi way sites. This allows shorter drives ( green! ) and keeps the money local to this area.

    And it’s what the land was originally acquired for.

    jeff clark

  2. Please preserve Tesla Park, keeping its biologically unique landscape. Designating it as a “sensitive area” would protect it from recreational vehicles that would destroy its beauty and its diverse plant and animal life.

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