Many of the District's parks have barrier-free parking, picnic areas, restrooms, drinking fountains, trails, and visitor centers. Roberts Regional Recreation Area has a barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible children's play area. The District works continuously to develop accessible facilities within its parks as part of its policy of responding to the outdoor recreation needs of everyone living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Please refer to our Public Transit page for numerous resources in assisting you in your travels to your Regional Parks.
Our Family and Group campgrounds offer ADA Accessible campsites. There are tent or RV hook-up sites, and may include tables, drinking fountains and bathrooms. Please visit our camping page for more information about the sites.
Trail Accessibility Reports contain information related to trail length, type, uses, a short description, cumulative elevation change, typical grade and surface, and any hazards or obstructions. The goal is to provide valuable information so that park users can judge for themselves whether a particular trail is suitable to meet their needs.
Beach wheelchairs are available at the following swimming lakes and beaches:
Beach wheelchairs, intended to provide a means for wheelchair users to travel across the beach, are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. They are not intended to enter the water. To reserve a chair, call the park office prior to visiting. A staff member will bring the chair out to the beach. It takes approximately 15 minutes to prepare the chair. Staff will give a brief orientation of the chair's use and arrange a time for the chair to be returned.
The following swim facilities are accessible to swimmers with disabilities:
Each facility has an accessible pool lift, restrooms, changing rooms, and drinking fountains. See park page for more information about other accessible facilities.
Roberts Regional Recreation Area in the Oakland hills is home to the only specially designed barrier-free playground in the Bay Area and one of the largest playgrounds of its kind in the state.
Unveiled in 2006 is the new $1.5 million accessible fishing pier at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont.
The pier juts far into Horseshoe Lake, one of Quarry's three lakes, to provide superb fishing opportunities or just a chance to get out onto the water. The fishing lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish.
The majority of the Park District's recreation programs are accessible. Every two months, the District's activity guide titled Regional in Nature lists dozens of programs ranging from outdoor photography, introduction to fishing, nature study programs, children's summer day camps, and much more. A PDF version of the guide can be downloaded online by visiting the Program Guides page or can be requested via mail by calling 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757 (press option 5, then 2, then 1). When registering for a program, be sure to indicate any special need requirements.
Parks Express is a program of the East Bay Regional Park District, providing low-cost transportation for low-income schools and groups serving children from low-income families, seniors or people with disabilities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to come to the East Bay Regional Parks. Information may be obtained by calling Parks Express at (510) 544-2205.
If you would like to coordinate a Naturalist Educational Program, contact the Visitor Center directly for more information on programs offered, application procedures, and deadlines. See a list of our Visitor Centers.
For accessible public transportation to the parks, visit the 511.org public transit website at http://transit.511.org/disabled or call 511 for the most current transit information. (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 800-448-9790; ParaTransit: 510-287-5000)
For persons with hearing impairments, please use the Telecommunications Relay Service at 711.
The East Bay Regional Park District ("Park District") is pleased to increase recreational opportunities for people with mobility disabilities by allowing the use of other power-driven mobility devices ("OPDMD") in areas where they can be operated safely, without posing risk of serious harm to natural and cultural resources, and in conformity with federal land management laws and regulations.
In order to ensure that OPDMD operation does not pose significant safety risks nor fundamentally alter the nature of services, programs, and activities provided by the Park District, all OPDMDs operated in regional parklands must meet the standards below.
This policy applies only to OPDMD (non-wheelchair) usage. In accordance with federal law, wheelchairs and manually powered mobility aids, such as walkers, crutches, canes, braces, and other similar devices are permitted anywhere in the Park District where pedestrian travel is allowed.
The East Bay Regional Park District is constantly working to improve its Web site and to make it accessible to all visitors. The following resources are available to interested parties and to visitors with vision impairments.