New trail signage coming to El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

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New trail signage coming to El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area
Photo courtesy of the City of El Cerrito.

New trail signage will be installed in the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area (HNA) as part of a project to enhance wayfinding and the visitor experience in the picturesque area.

The project will install gateway trailhead kiosks, trail entry signs and trail directional markers. Previously, steps were installed near the intersection of Navallier Street and Blake Avenue to improve access.

Construction is anticipated to begin in early June, with completion expected by September. 

The nonprofit El Cerrito Trail Trekkers envisioned the project in 2012. It secured a National Park Service grant and partnered with NPS planners Steve Bowes and Patrick Johnston to kick off the project. 

“The City collaborated with the Trail Trekkers and NPS to advance this meaningful project,” said City of El Cerrito Public Works Director Yvetteh Ortiz. “We’re excited to enhance the trails and promote continued appreciation of the City’s unique open space, while actively working to improve the Hillside Natural Area for all residents to enjoy.”

David Weinstein, president of the Trail Trekkers, said the nonprofit looks forward to celebrating the newly installed signs.

“Trail Trekkers is proud to be a part of this collaborative effort toward preserving and showcasing the beauty of our natural surroundings,” Weinstein said.

Mayor Tessa Rudnick called the project a “testament to our commitment to creating accessible and enjoyable outdoor spaces for our community.”