Stories from the Second Week of May
May 16, 2016
Our 2016 Open Space Conference (#2016osc!) is Thursday, and we couldn’t be more excited!
But first, we’re taking a quick break from the Conference planning to share a few stories with you.
- The newly restored Eden Landing area along the Hayward Shoreline opened to the public on Friday! It features 3.8 miles of new hiking and cycling trails, a kayak launch ramp, and new interpretive signs.
- Vargas Plateau just opened in Fremont as the last East Bay Regional Park.
- San Francisco’s newest recreation spot just opened in an Outer Sunset lot, featuring basketball courts, ping-pong tables, a skate park, and community gardens.
- San Francisco is in the process of transforming an old, major road into a new public park. Interested? Read on.
- Sempervirens Fund has secured $5 million in funding to build a new entrance to Castle Rock State Park.
- National Parks will begin to sell some naming rights and create new corporate partnerships in order to fund new initiatives.
- Interior Secretary Jewell discusses the need for a change in the way America conserves our public lands, waters, and wildlife.
- One journalist believes that since California is still in a drought, water agencies should not pull back on water conservation.
- On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered that a set of urban water restrictions that the state established for the drought be made permanent, including bans on running sprinklers after rain and hosing down driveways.
- On the contrary, East Bay MUD has decided that nearly full reservoirs and a return to normal precipitation patterns means that the water emergency (in the East Bay) is over.
- The EPA has produced an integrated map “Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios,” that allows you to explore housing density and human population changes of California’s future.
- Humpback whales have been swimming into San Francisco Bay in unprecedented numbers over the past two weeks. Keep an eye out!
See you on Thursday!