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December 21, 2018

It is hard to miss the changes happening at Point Isabel. The East Bay Regional Park District  (EBRPD) is working on several projects.

Improving Water Access and the Shoreline

Construction on the west side of the park opposite Mudpuppy’s is scheduled to be completed December 31, 2018. It includes the following changes:

•   Upgrading the water access for non-motorized watersports, replacing the concrete steps with a ramp

•   Creating a new, concrete, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) path to the ramp, connected to the other paved paths

•   Reconfiguring boulders at the bottom of the existing dog ramp at the end of the Hoffman Channel to make getting out of the bay safer

•   Repairing erosion on the south side of Hoffman Channel

Strengthening the Hoffman Channel Bridge

This project involves reinforcing the pilings under the bridge to make it last longer and also make it strong enough to carry big vehicles, such as fire trucks, on the Bay Trail side of the bridge.

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September 2, 2018

Visitors to Pt. Isabel sometimes wonder if a snake they have seen at the park is a rattlesnake. If there are rattlers there, they have been very rarely spotted. The snake most commonly seen at the park is the gopher snake, whose coloration and behavior are similar to that of a rattlesnake. Gopher snakes are harmless, unlike rattlesnakes, so it is important to know the difference.

A rattlesnake has a triangular head much wider than the neck, a thick body with dull skin, and a blunt rattle at the tip. If it is disturbed, it will shake its tail. The rattle sounds like bacon sizzling.

A gopher snake has a narrow head only slightly larger than its neck. The body is slender and usually shiny. The tail is pointed. A frightened gopher snake will flatten its head, hiss loudly, and shake its tail rapidly, doing a convincing rattlesnake imitation.

All park wildlife is protected by law. If you see a snake, leave it alone. Do not try to capture or harm it. Wait for it to go by. Do not approach it or l...

July 15, 2018

Dogs share Pt. Isabel with a great many birds, and park visitors and their dogs must obey rules so the birds are not disturbed. Birds that feed in the mud at low tide are vulnerable to dogs.

Rules for the dogs:

* Dogs may not harass birds at any time, neither on land nor in the water.

* Dogs are never allowed in Hoffman Marsh.

* Dogs are not allowed to swim in Hoffman Bay (the northern edge of North Point Isabel) or in Hoffman Channel at low tide.

Dogs can play in San Francisco Bay -- but not chase birds -- any time, and in Hoffman Bay and Hoffman Channel at high tide.

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