Category Archives: City Parks

Updated – Hiking and Biking in Oakley

This is an updated version of one written in 2008. Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Rd. Oakley, a 1,648-acre mostly-offshore piece of the Delta is one of the newest additions to the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). … Continue reading

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Oakley’s Four Forlorn Parks

Parks, open space, public landscaping and recreational services are often considered the most important factors in the perception of quality of life in a community. They are a crucial part of every neighborhood and can provide a sense of public … Continue reading

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Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Awards $11 Million in Proposition 1 Grants – 2 for Marsh Creek

Combined, these seven projects involve 51 entities partnering together to improve the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The $11 million awarded in this cycle will fund the following projects. Blacklock Restoration: Phragmites Control Project ($387,440), Department of Water Resources – Test methods for controlling … Continue reading

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Oakley’s 55-acre Community Park

On Tuesday, January 9, the Oakley City Council will discuss the conceptual plan for the 55-acre Community Park to be located at the north end of Sellars Ave on the Dutch Slough proprieties as part of it’s agendized council meeting. … Continue reading

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Dutch Slough Tidal Restoration Project Ground Breaking Ceremony

This past Wednesday, October 17, I had the opportunity to participate in the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration. The Dutch Slough project will be the Delta’s largest restored fresh water tidal marsh. The tidal marsh … Continue reading

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Marsh Creek Restoration Project Adds Willow Whips

In the winter of 2013 the City of Oakley Public Works Department completed a restoration and enhancement project which restored approximately three acres of natural riparian habitat to Marsh Creek adjacent to Creekside Park. Throughout the years, the Public Works … Continue reading

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Oakley Dog Park Construction Update

The anticipated Koda Dog Park is starting to take shape with the commencement of Phase 2. The walkways through the park are being set and fencing for the designated play areas and landscaping are soon to follow. The Park will … Continue reading

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Construction of Two New Parks in Oakley is Under Way

Construction has commenced on two new neighborhood parks in Oakley. The parks, Emerson Ranch Park (10 acres) and Catamaran Park (.79 acres) have already begun grading. Emerson Ranch Park, a focal point in the Emerson Ranch subdivision, is a 10 … Continue reading

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Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project SEIR is final

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project in Oakley addresses the potential environmental impacts of the Project. The Project entails wetland and upland restoration and public access to the 1,178-acre Dutch Slough … Continue reading

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Big Break Visitor Center

After over 20 years of discussions and planning and nearly $15 million in expenditures it’s nearly ready.  The Board of Directors for the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) held their monthly board meeting at Big Break Regional Shoreline in … Continue reading

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Crockett Park Update

As I stated in a previous post the City of Oakley is planning to install a new play structure at Crockett Park that is designed to be “all access” and that is intended to appeal to families that have children … Continue reading

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East County’s First All Abilities Playground Coming to Crockett Park

Crockett Park is one of the original parks in Oakley. The play equipment is nearly two decades old and is in need of replacement. The City’s 5 Year Capital Improvement Program includes a project to replace the existing play equipment … Continue reading

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Take a Walk on the Delta

If you have a chance this weekend head on out to Big Break Regional Shoreline and walk the Delta. Wednesday afternoon the East Bay Regional Park District showcased the Delta Discovery, an outdoor plaza with includes an interactive, three dimensional … Continue reading

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Creekside Park opens in Oakley

On Saturday morning Oakley opened its 31st park. The first phase of Creekside Park, located at the corner of Laurel Ave. and Creekside, includes a parking lot, playground, 2 bocce ball courts, a BMX dirt track and a skate park. … Continue reading

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A Foggy Morning at Big Break

I took a walk around Big Break this morning looking for beavers that frequent the shores. I found tracks on the shoreline but could not find the elusive animals.  I have seen them on walks around Jersey Island. The beavers … Continue reading

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A New Park in Oakley

Upon incorporation on July 1,1999 the City of Oakley had 3 parks. On Saturday we opened our 30th city maintained park, Summer Lake Community Park. This is a large park that sits at the end of Cypress and although it does … Continue reading

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