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El Cerrito Open Space
San Francisco Chronicle Article
As a participant in the El Cerrito Open Space Fund campaign, Trail Trekkers is helping lead a fundraising campaign to pay for the city of El Cerrito's acquisition of the Madera Open Space, a 7 1/2-acre hillside parcel that links the two other separated sections of the Hillside Nature Area.
Its addition to the Hillside Area will create a fully-integrated, mile-long wilderness park.
The city is using some of its park bond funds for the purchase and is working with the Trust for Public Land to obtain state and federal grants. But contributions from the community are necessary as well. Funds will also be used for trail improvements and to improve access to this beautiful spot, with meadows, oak woodlands, and two creeks.
The El Cerrito High School Mountain Biking Team and friends of Five Creeks are part of this fundraising effort, and the Sierra Club has endorsed the project. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
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--->David Weinstein founder of Trail Trekkers featured in Contra Costa Times article
El Cerrito’s forgotten paths won’t remain forgotten for long. In July of 2010, 30 people came together to revitalize this small city’s surprisingly large network of paths, pedestrian and bicycle walkways, and hillside steps.
The meeting, sponsored by the city’s Environmental Quality Committee and El Cerrito Historical Society, was held at city hall.
The goal is to bring greater attention to the trails that are currently usable, and to restore those that have been overgrown or, in a few cases, blocked by fences or shrubbery. Trail Trekkers will identify, improve and document the paths of El Cerrito for the enjoyment and increased safety of the community.
Members of the group, El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, will soon probe city records, survey the trails, and lead trail hikes and other events.
The El Cerrito group will begin by determining where trails and other city or other publicly-owned right-of-way is located. Trail hikes and other events will be held to publicize the paths and increase usage.
With the help of volunteers we will produce a map and online guides to the paths, and help restore those that have disappeared.
For information contact Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last modified November 25, 2013