Land and Water Use Guidelines for the Eastshore State Park
Adopted as Recommendations to the Berkeley City Councel
by the Berkeley Waterfront Commission on March 13 2002
The Berkeley Waterfront Commission recommends the
following general land and water use guidelines for the
portions of the Eastshore State Park within the City of
Many of our recommendations are similar to those
adopted by the Parks and Recreation Commission on February
These guidelines and recommendations are based on the
Waterfront Commission's assessment of the habitat and
open space value of the park, and on the unique
recreational opportunities offered by the configuration
of the Berkeley shoreline, the adjacent Berkeley
Marina, and Cesar Chavez Park.
The recommended mix of habitat preservation and
recreational development is considered in the context
of the large areas of ESP to the north and south that
are committed to habitat preservation, and the need to
provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities
in the closest possible proximity to the large
population centers of Berkeley and the East Bay.
- The plan should protect and restore the mouths of
the 10 creeks that empty into the Bay, as well as the
tidal wetlands surrounding them. Allowing access to
these areas is encouraged, so that citizens can
reconnect with the local wildlife and supporting
habitat. Access to protected areas should be developed
along the lines of the National Wildlife Refuge
boardwalks in Don Edwards and in the North Bay.
- Other activities, recreation, scenic, etc. Should be
developed only by integrating them within this
ecological framework. There appears to be enough space
for many of our needs, as long as thoughtful planning
and cooperation takes place.
- ESP planners should have as part of their planning
process developing better ties with public
transportation agencies. We have an opportunity here to
try to do things differently, in terms of getting
people out of their cars and it should be a high
priority to tackle this difficult issue.
General Use Guidelines
- Areas of the ESP in Berkeley should be preserved for
open space and wildlife habitat.
- Areas of the ESP in Berkeley should be developed for
recreation, both on shore and water-borne.
- Where there are conflicts between water-borne
recreation and winter bird populations, these should be
resolved by means of seasonal operating restrictions
rather than by withdrawing support for these activities
from the park plan.
- Non-motorized and public transit access should be
encouraged. Some of the demand for parking should also
- Facilities and improvements supporting non-motorized
water-borne recreation in the North Sailing Basin
should be developed.
- Facilities and improvements supporting diverse non-
motorized recreational land uses on the North Basin
Strip should be developed.
- Improvements supporting diverse non-motorized
recreational land uses (picnic areas, trails, and
boating support) should be developed on small areas of
both the Meadow and Brickyard. Other areas of the
Meadow and Brickyard should be preserved as open space
and as wildlife habitat.
- The parking plan should provide parking to serve the
- Programmatic planning and operation should be
coordinated between the City of Berkeley and the
Eastshore State Park.
Planning Process recommendations
- Recreational uses and support facilities should be
planned in coordination with external demands. Existing
parks, programs and activities in the Berkeley Marina
have created pressures for additional parking, non-
motorized boating facilities, and water access on the
Berkeley waterfront, and these demands should be
addressed by the park plan.
- A transportation plan should be developed that takes
and Cesar Chavez Park traffic, particularly during
heavily attended public events, into consideration.
This transportation plan also should consider the
possibility of ferry service.
as adopted on September 12, 2001, prior to meeting with the
CESP Board on September 19 and further review by the
Waterfront Commission on October 3 2001.
as adopted on October 3 2001.