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.
Most of the work will be done at night, during low tide. The pedestrian part of the bridge will be closed for only a few hours to replace the top rails on the bridge fence. There will
be a notice at the bridge the day before that happens.
The work is scheduled to be completed in January. The pedestrian part of the bridge will not be widened or repaved during this project.
Improving Turf Area
The EBRPD is currently making the following improvements in the field north of Mudpuppy’s:
• Upgrading the drainage of the area so the Bay Trail doesn’t get flooded
• Installing a new irrigation system
• Aerating the soil
• Reseeding the area
• Installing a compacted gravel path
• Planting new trees
This project should be completed by Spring 2019.
Repairing the Clay Cap on North Point Isabel
North Point Isabel, the area across the bridge, was once a landfill site where battery casings were dumped. To protect people and animals from toxins in the soil, the landfill was capped with several feet of clay in the 1980s.
Recent soil testing detected lead in specific areas around the perimeter of the north side of the park. As a precaution, the EBRPD has fenced off areas of the park where the cap could be eroded by foot traffic, and has allowed a cover of vegetation to grow in those areas.
The EBRPD is working with an environmental engineering firm to plan long-lasting solutions for protecting the soil cap from erosion, storm surges, and sea level rise.