Grand reopening of Point Molate Beach Park next month

Richmond's Point Molate Beach Park will have a grand opening April 19

Although Point Molate Beach Park opened for the first time in more than a decade in October, a grand opening will be held April 19.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city-run park and will include an “idea tent” where the public can offer suggestions for future park designs and programming. The official ribbon-cutting will take place at 11 a.m.

Check out the video below to learn more about the grand opening.

Point Molate Beach Park was closed in 2001 due to budget constraints, but in March of last year City Council voted to spend up to $115,000 to rehabilitate and maintain the beach. A major cleanup cleared 96 tons of debris from the shoreline, which boasts views of Mt. Tamalpais, San Francisco and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

Additions to the 11-acre park include picnic tables, barbecues, a portable bathroom, wheelchair-accessible paths and a parking lot. Permanent bathroom facilities will be built when funds are identified.

The money for the rehabilitation came from a portion of the settlement Richmond received from the 2007 Cosco Busan tanker oil spill.

Volunteers with the Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate and the Watershed Project also helped in the effort.