Urban Greening Grant Will Help Construct SF Bay Trail from Rodeo to Hercules
On Tuesday, Nov. 14 the California Natural Resources Agency awarded $2.1 million in funding for the East Bay Regional Park District’s San Francisco Bay Trail Lone Tree Point Urban Greening Project.
Funded by Cap-and-Trade revenues, the Urban Greening Grant Program is intended for projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicle miles traveled. Funded projects also aim to transform areas into green spaces that improve air and water quality and provide opportunities for walking, biking and recreation.
The $2.1 million grant will be used to construct a portion of the San Francisco Bay Trail from Rodeo to Hercules, improve a “spur” trail from the new segment of the Bay Trail to the Lone Tree Point Shoreline, and improve the Lone Tree Point staging area.
“The East Bay Regional Park District is honored to be selected by the California Natural Resources Agency's Urban Greening Grant Program,” said East Bay Regional Park District Director Colin Coffey. “The project will close an 1,800-foot gap in the Bay Trail and improve the environment by providing environmentally-friendly transportation options that take cars off the road – thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
The Lone Tree Point segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail is located between the existing Victoria by the Bay residential development in Hercules, and the Park District’s San Pablo Bay Regional Shoreline staging area on San Pablo Avenue in Rodeo. The trail will traverse a scenic open space bluff that provides spectacular views across San Pablo Bay. The trail will also provide safe, non-motorized transportation access to the Hercules Intermodal Transit Center and provide connections to over 34 activity centers in the Rodeo-Hercules area (churches, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.).
“The Park District is thrilled that it was successful in securing funds from the State’s Cap-and-Trade Grant Program,” said General Manager Robert Doyle. “The $2.1 million grant is the first Cap-and-trade Urban Greening grant for the District and aligns with the District’s Climate Smart Initiative that is advancing parklands as part of the solution to mitigating and adapting to a world where a changing climate requires nature-based answers.”
“We have many park infrastructure and habitat restoration projects in the pipeline that are candidates for additional Cap-and-Trade Urban Greening funding,” added Doyle.
Cap-and-trade was established by the California Air Resources Board in compliance with the California Legislature’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). Cap-and-trade sets a limit (Cap) on large companies that emit a certain amount of greenhouse gasses. The companies must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, purchase allowances at auction from the state. Companies that produce less than their limit (Cap) can also sell (Trade) their allowance. The California Natural Resources Agency Urban Greening Program was established through the 2016-2017 State Budget through auction proceeds.
The project has also received $500,000 from Measure WW and $1 million from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.
Air Resource Board Criteria includes projects that “Reduce commute vehicle miles traveled by constructing bicycle paths, bicycle lanes, or pedestrian facilities that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and schools.” https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/cnra_finalqm_16-17.pdf
There are numerous partners and supporters that have helped make this funding possible including, Supervisor Glover’s Office, Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, the City of Hercules, the community of Rodeo, and Bay Area Metro (Association of Bay Area Governments) who manages the San Francisco Bay Trail plan.
More information on Urban Greening, Cap and Trade and other grant recipients: www.resources.ca.gov/grants/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Urban-Greening-News-Release-Announcing-Awards-Final.pdf
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 121,000 acres in 73 parks including over1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor