RICHMOND -- Chevron has donated a portion of its bay front property to the East Bay Regional Park District to help complete the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Chevron donated a 20-foot-wide, one-mile-long strip of land along the shoreline of the Point San Pablo peninsula. The parks district will build a 14-foot-wide trail on the land in the next two years, using money from voter-approved tax measures, said Trails for Richmond Action Committee Chairman Bruce Beyaert.

"This piece of the trail is critical to the overall vision," Beyaert said. "To complete the trail, you need help from the private sector, and Chevron has stepped up to the plate."

A 14-foot-wide trail will be created on a one-mile-long strip of land donated by Chevron. The trail will provide bike and walking public access from the
A 14-foot-wide trail will be created on a one-mile-long strip of land donated by Chevron. The trail will provide bike and walking public access from the foot of the eastern shore of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to Point Molate Beach Park (Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff)

Upon completion, this one-mile segment will provide bike and walking public trail access along the historic shoreline property extending from the foot of the eastern shore of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to Point Molate Beach Park.

Beyaert said about 32 miles of bay trail are already usable in Richmond, but about 10 miles must still be built. More than half of the incomplete portion is between the Point Richmond Plunge and the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. Beyaert hopes that the trail can be completed within the next decade.

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