Congrats, Richmond, you’ve got another award-winning park.
The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) announced Thursday it received an award from the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) for its Dotson Family Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project, which won for Excellence in Design: Park Planning.
Dedicated on April 22 last year, the marsh project located on 150 acres at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline underwent a $14 million habitat restoration and public access project funded by local bond Measures CC and WW and a number of government agencies.
The restored marsh helps threatened and endangered species including the Ridgway’s rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse. Also, the public now has access to a 1.5-mile extension of the San Francisco Bay Trail south of Point Pinole; a new southern entrance to Point Pinole Regional Shoreline via a 24-space parking lot with restrooms, accessible from Goodrick Avenue off Richmond Parkway; a walk-in picnic area; and a spur trail to an existing jetty trail, according to EBRPD.
At last year’s dedication, the completion of the Dotson Family Marsh project was celebrated in conjunction with the completion of the $11 million Atlas Road Bridge that provides an additional entrance and staging area to Point Pinole.
Both projects represent “one of the largest park investments in District history,” said Park District General Manager Robert E. Doyle.
Formerly known as Breuner Marsh, the Dotson Family Marsh was named after the Dotson family who for years led the Parchester Village community’s opposition to various proposals for the site that included housing, an airport, industrial complex and transit center. The land was acquired by the Park District in 2011 following a three-year eminent domain case.