East Bay Regional Park District receives congressional recognition for 90th birthday

Otters swim in Jewel Lake in Tilden Park, located in the East Bay Area hills (Photo courtesy East Bay Regional Park District)

Six members of Congress have introduced a resolution recognizing the East Bay Regional Park District on its 90th birthday. 

U.S. Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek; John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove; Josh Harder, D-Tracy; Ro Khanna, D-Fremont; Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; and Eric Swalwell, D-Castro Valley, recognized the 90th anniversary of the district and its service to the entire East Bay. 

“I’m grateful for EBRPD’s leadership in working to improve quality of life and community well-being through a steadfast commitment to environmental conservation and maintenance of our local public parks,” DeSaulnier said in a statement. “I’m proud to celebrate 90 years of the East Bay Regional Park District and look forward to continuing to partner with them for years to come.” 

The district’s general manager Sabrina Landreth said in a statement that the district feels honored by the congressional recognition. 

“This is a year of celebration for our community, dedicated staff, and many partners. Thank you, Rep. DeSaulnier, for celebrating with us the Park District’s 90 years of milestones, environmental conservation, and positive experiences in nature as we continue vital work that will impact generations to come,” Landreth said. 

The district’s board president Elizabeth Echols said DeSaulnier has been a steadfast district supporter throughout his career.  

“He was the recipient of our Radke Championing Advocacy Award in 2023 for his commitment to conservation and public access to open space,” Echols said, “He values the tremendous physical and mental health benefits that our district’s regional parks and trails have provided for the East Bay community and so many park visitors. We thank him and the entire East Bay delegation for their long standing support and for leading the House resolution recognizing our 90 years of service to Bay Area community.” 

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) logo. California (Photo courtesy East Bay Regional Park District)

EBRPD is the largest regional park district in the nation, spanning 126,000 acres of parklands, 55 miles of shoreline, and more than 1,300 miles of trails in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The district was established through a 1934 ballot measure, which was passed with 71 percent of the vote. Since its creation, EBRPD has worked to protect the East Bay’s open spaces and promote recreational opportunities for Bay Area residents. 

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