Park It — Tarantula Time

By Ned MacKay: East Bay Regional Parks                                                 As the weather cools and summer surrenders to autumn, one of nature’s more interesting creatures may make its annual appearance – the tarantula. This […]

Keep cool at Black Diamond Mines

If the summer heat is starting to get to you, relief might be just a short drive away at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch. There, inside the Hazel-Atlas Mine, the temperature hovers around 57 degrees all year round. In fact, naturalists even suggest bringing a coat. The 1920s-era silica sand mine is usually closed […]

Visit EBRP’s Big Break for Fun

Big Break’s May Programs Highlight Delta Ecology, Wildlife, Crafts and Fun                  By Beverly Lane;                     Back in 1928 a levee gave way that was holding back the waters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, flooding an asparagus farm […]

Regional Parks Offer Riot of Spring Flowers

by Beverly Lane Spring starts officially with the vernal equinox, which comes on March 20 this year. It’s the date when day and night are of equal length, after which the days grow longer. And with spring comes spring wildflowers. It’s always hard to predict how profuse the flower displays will be, because so many […]

Beat the heat at Black Diamond Mines

By Beverly Lane       As summer approaches its zenith, you can still beat the heat at the regional parks in east Contra Costa County. One good bet is Contra Loma Regional Park on Frederickson Lane in Antioch, where you can cool off in the lifeguard-tended swim lagoon. And you can relax in Delta […]

Hiking — Regional Parks in the rain

by Beverly Lane Seasonal rains bring green to the grasslands in the East Bay Regional Parks, with a promise of springtime wildflowers. But the rains also bring muddy trails that fill the lug soles of hard-to-clean hiking boots. There’s a lot to be said for winter season hiking. The air is fresh, cool and energizing […]

How to stay cool in the parks

by Beverly Lane;              If you’re looking for places to stay cool during these hot summer days, the East Bay Regional Park District can help. One obvious option is any of the park district’s swim areas. The district operates six open-water lakefront swim beaches, three chlorinated swim lagoons and three […]

Iron Horse trail section will link workers with BART

An East Bay Regional Park extension of the Iron Horse Trail in Pleasanton that will  link the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station with many local destinations was officially started at a ceremony held May 1 on the Kaiser Permanente campus in Hacienda Business Park in Pleasanton. “This 1.5 mile trail segment is of extraordinary value to the business community and major […]