Category:San Francisco Bay Trail
Pages in category "San Francisco Bay Trail"
The following 56 pages are in this category, out of 56 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 56 pages are in this category, out of 56 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. San Francisco Bay Trail – The San Francisco Bay Trail is a bicycle and pedestrian trail that will eventually allow continuous travel around the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. As of 2016,350 miles of trail have been completed, when finished, the Bay Trail will extend over 500 miles to link the shoreline of nine counties, passing through 47 cities and crossing seven toll bridges. It is a project of the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Trail is a collaboration between elected officials, government agencies, private companies, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups and the public to increase access to the edge of the bay. It provides recreational opportunities for hikers and bicyclists, offers a setting for viewing and environmental education. The Bay Trail provides access to points of historic, natural and cultural interest, the Bay Trail consists of paved paths, gravel trails, bike lanes or sidewalks. The Bay Trail is a trail system that links parks, open spaces, points of interest. Sections of the Bay Trail exist in all nine Bay Area counties, the northernmost trail section passes through San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Bicycle and pedestrian pathways exist on five Bay Area toll bridges, Golden Gate Bridge, Carquinez Bridge, Benicia-Martinez Bridge, Dumbarton Bridge, a complete connection on the Bay Bridge East Span between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island is scheduled to open in September 2016. A 5-year pilot program will open the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to bicyclists, the idea for the Bay Trail was launched in the Fall of 1986, when Senator Bill Lockyer of Hayward was having lunch with a local editor in a waterfront restaurant. The end-of-session legislative frenzy was over, and Senator Lockyer was in a reflective mood, “Let me try this idea out on you, ” he said to his companion. “What if we tried to develop a pedestrian and bicycle path around the bay, with access to the shoreline. ”His luncheon partner applauded the idea, the outcome was Senate Bill 100. Coauthored by all Bay Area legislators, the bill passed and it defined parameters of the planning process, designated the Association of Bay Area Governments as the lead agency, and provided $300,000 for the preparation of a Bay Trail Plan by July 1,1989. The Bay Trail Plan, adopted by ABAG, shows a network of trails that meander and loop along the shore, connecting all nine surrounding counties, the San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide was revised in 2012. It provides information about the natural and cultural history of San Francisco Bay, published by University of California Press for the California Coastal Conservancy. The San Francisco Bay Trail maps were released in May 2013, the box set of 25 cards and a large fold-out map provide detailed information about the trail and points of interest along its route. Production of the maps was funded in part by the California Coastal Conservancy, the San Francisco Bay Trail Plan, A Recreational Ring Around San Francisco Bay was published in 1989 by the Association of Bay Area Governments. The plan includes the trail alignment, project goals, policies, San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail, a proposal to create a safely navigable water trail for nonmotorized beachable watercraft, circumnavigating the bay. San Francisco Bay Trail San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Walking San Francisco Bay The San Francisco Bay Trail, Its Closer Than You Think Walk the Whole Bay Trail Bit by Bit
2. Ardenwood Historic Farm – Ardenwood Historic Farm is a Regional Historic Landmark in Fremont, California. It is managed by the East Bay Regional Park District, Patterson called his estate Ardenwood, after the forested area in England mentioned in Shakespeares play, As You Like It. There were two subsequent additions to the house, the largest was in 1889 when Patterson and his wife Clara added the Queen Anne Victorian section to the House. A feature of the park is the Railroad Museum at Ardenwood which operates a 3 ft narrow gauge horse-drawn railway, the museum has a collection of narrow gauge railroad cars and other artifacts of 19th Century railroading. The museum is run by the Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources, among other crops, in the fall the farm harvests a large pumpkin patch. The Ardenwood Farm today is a working farm producing grain and vegetables, the local area was in agricultural usage beginning sometime in the 1850s. The Ardenwood Farm locale was characterized first for its use as grazing land and dairy production, no discrete rows are visible in the aerial photographs of that time. The Alameda family was a prominent occupant in the area for much of the period of land use. Based on the lack of visible rows on the aerial photos, Ardenwood Historic Farm City of Fremont Ardenwood Historic Farm Events Ardenwood History Time Line Ardenwood Forge Society for Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources 2007 Civil War Reenactment
3. Benicia State Recreation Area – Benicia State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California, USA, protecting tidal wetland. It is located in Solano County 2 miles west of downtown Benicia, the park covers 447 acres of marsh, grassy hillsides and rocky beaches along the narrowest portion of the Carquinez Strait. Southampton Creek and the tidal marsh front Southampton Bay, where the waters of the Sacramento. The cove is noted as J on Cañizares famous 1781 Map of San Francisco Bay, the present name, Southampton Bay, is for the Navy frigate Southampton, which Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones sailed, along with a small fleet, to the cove in 1849. The sandstone point at Benicia SRA has been known as Rocky Point, Quarry Point, stonecutter Patrick Dillon came to California from Tipperary, Ireland, during the 1849 California Gold Rush, settling in Benicia in 1851. General Vallejo leased Dillon the tidal flat at Southampton Bay and Rocky Point peninsula for a sandstone quarry, when the sandstone played out, the Dillon family and subsequent owners raised sheep and grapes until the State acquired the property in 1967. The Southampton Bay Wetland Natural Preserve makes up 70% of the park, the Southampton mudflat formed eroded upriver silt and clay deposits exceeds 1,000 feet thick. The principal habitats here are marsh, saltwater marsh and freshwater marsh. This rare and endangered wetland ecosystem is covered with plants such as salt grass, pickleweed, coyote bush. Bird’s-beak is an endangered gray-green annual herb in the snapdragon family, park mammals include the federally endangered northern salt marsh harvest mice. Other mammals living in the park are coyote, river otter, muskrat, the beaver probably migrated from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in 2007. Historically, before the California Fur Rush of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It was Californias early fur trade, more than any single factor, that opened up the West. In 1840, explorer Captain Thomas Farnham wrote that There is probably no spot of equal extent in the continent of America which contains so many of these muchsought animals. Benicia SRA has been designated an Important Bird Area, providing habitat for endangered California clapper rails, other uncommon species include Virginia rails, Suisun song sparrows and salt marsh common yellowthroat. On their journey along the Pacific Flyway, many waterfowl winter in the park, cyclists, runners, walkers and roller skaters enjoy the parks 2.5 miles of road and bike paths. The Hike and Bike Trail—two parallel, paved, accessible trails—begins at the Military West entrance and runs 0.75 miles to the park entrance. The trail system is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, most popular is the 1. 5-mile-long walk out to Dillon Point on the park road
4. Berkeley I-80 bridge – The Berkeley I-80 bridge also known as the University Avenue pedestrian bridge and the Berkeley Marina overpass is a 15-foot -wide bridge spanning the Eastshore Freeway in Berkeley, California. It forms part of the San Francisco Bay Trail, the bridge was constructed to allow bicycles, pedestrians, and wheelchair users access to the Berkeley Marina, Eastshore State Park, and the city. In the city records, the bridge is referred to as the City of Berkeley Eastshore Pedestrian Overcrossing, the bridge has two lanes for bikes and a raised sidewalk and is wide enough to carry emergency vehicles. Crossing 14 lanes of traffic, the span is 85 metres long. Opened on February 27,2002, the bridge was built at a cost of $6.4 million, the new pathway created a route in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 between Berkeley and its Marina and waterfront park region. Prior to its construction, the wheelchair accessible route was via an undercrossing 1 mile to the north. Bicycles and pedestrians alternately use a path and stairwell that ran under, since opening, the bridge has seen a much higher use than the previous path and stairwell. The National Bicycle Greenway has used it since 2003 in its Oakland to Berkeley Mayors Ride
5. Berkeley Marina – The Berkeley Marina is the westernmost portion of the city of Berkeley, California, located west of the Eastshore Freeway at the foot of University Avenue on San Francisco Bay. Narrowly speaking, Berkeley Marina refers only to the city marina, there are several restaurants, a hotel and a yacht club in the Berkeley Marina. There are also walking and bicycle paths. In addition, it is the terminus of AC Transit Route 51B on select trips only. The easternmost portion of the Marina, running parallel to I-80/580, is now a part of the Eastshore State Park, the Berkeley Marina was originally part of the open waters of San Francisco Bay. The original shoreline ran a few yards west of the Southern Pacific tracks on 3rd Street, the area was gradually filled in over the years. In 1909 the City built a wharf at the foot of University Avenue which was used primarily for freight. Starting in 1926 the Golden Gate Ferry Company began construction of the Berkeley Pier and it was built out from the foot of University Avenue about 3.5 miles into the Bay. On June 16,1927 auto ferry service began, between the Berkeley Pier and the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco, a pier shared with the Sausalito ferry. During this period U. S. Route 40 ran from San Pablo Avenue down University Avenue to the Berkeley Pier, the ferry service lasted until about 1937, after the 1936 opening of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Thereafter it became a fishing pier, US40 was shifted to the new Eastshore Highway and the Bay Bridge. Storms damaged the end of the pier over the years and it was closed, after World War II ended, it was repaired and re-opened in 1946 for fishing. In the 1970s, the city repaired and upgraded the least damaged length of the Berkeley Pier. Since about the late 1920s the city municipal dump was located here, in the early 1990s much of the former dump was landscaped and converted into a park, originally named North Waterfront Park. The park was renamed Cesar Chavez Park in 1996 to commemorate the late California labor leader, during World War II, the Berkeley Yacht Harbor was used by the United States Navy to construct tug boats. From October 1961 until April 1974 a heliport was operated by San Francisco and this helicopter airline transported passengers to the San Francisco and Oakland international airports. And also at one point to downtown San Francisco, SFO Helicopter operated jet turbine powered Sikorsky S-61 and Sikorsky S-62 helicopters into the heliport which is no longer in existence
6. Bothin Marsh – Bothin Marsh is a half acre wetlands in Marin County, California. Parts of the wetlands are in Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve, the marsh, positioned at the northern arm of Richardson Bay is fed by Mill Creek. Bothin Marsh is situated not far from Triangle Marsh, although the latter is situated on the edge of the Tiburon Peninsula. It is likely that Native Americans gathered estuarine resources from Bothin Marsh, jo Julin was instrumental in the preservation of Bothin Marsh in the early 1970s, when developers attempted to drain the marsh in order to begin construction. Today the Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve provides habitat for hundreds of bird and wildlife species, including the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. Its also a stop for over 400 species of migratory birds traveling on the Pacific Flyway
7. Candlestick Point State Recreation Area – Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California, USA, providing an urban protected area on San Francisco Bay. The park is located at the tip of San Francisco immediately south of Hunters Point and 2 miles north of Sierra Point in Brisbane. This 170-acre landfilled area was intended to be used during World War II as a shipyard by the United States Navy, however it was abandoned as the war ended. Without government controls, the area was used by nearby residences as a garbage dump, in 1973 the California State Legislature purchased the land with $10 million and in 1977 voted to turn this area into a state recreation area. After the designation Candlestick became the first urban area in the state. To this day Candlestick remains as a recreation area in San Francisco. The park features picnic areas, two fishing piers, fitness courses as well as hiking trails. This park is also an area for windsurfing because of strong wind. Candlestick Park, the stadium of the San Francisco Giants. There are several competing theories for the origin of the points name, several sources claim it was named for Candlestick Rock, an 8-foot-tall pinnacle rock once located nearby at the high-tide line. Others claim it was named for the curlew, which was once plentiful in the area. Still others claim the name derives from the 19th-century practice of burning abandoned sailing ships in the bay, Candlestick Point was one of the 48 California state parks that were proposed for closure in January 2008 by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction effort. In May 2008, the governor unveiled his revised proposal that would reverse a proposal made in January to dismiss employees and close 48 parks and beaches, including nine in the Bay Area. The plan now is to cut $1.5 million out of the parks budget, revenue also could be raised through cabin rentals and fees at new campgrounds. List of California state parks Candlestick Point State Recreation Area