Trail Trekkers’ accomplishments in 2013

By Dave Weinstein, President of the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers.

During our fourth year as a trail building, advocacy and hiking group, we:

  • Convinced the City of El Cerrito to acquire the 8-acre Madera Open Space, a gap in the city’s Hillside Natural Area. We are spearheading an effort to help pay for this land by raising $100,000.

    Brendan Moriarty, project manager with Trust for Public land, during an exploratory hike of the Madera Open Space in July 2013

    Brendan Moriarty, project manager with Trust for Public land, during an exploratory hike of the Madera Open Space in July 2013

  • Attracted two of the nation’s most important land conservation groups to work with Trekkers – the National Park Service, which helped us produce the first ever thorough map of all the city’s pathways and trails, and the Trust for Public Land, which worked with the city to acquire the Madera Open Space. The Trust owns the land and will sell to the City once sufficient funds are raised.

    Steve Bowes of the National Park Service works on the trails map at the Junket at El Cerrito Plaza

    Steve Bowes of the National Park Service works on the trails map at the Junket at El Cerrito Plaza

  • Built or improved several trails including: Motorcycle Hill Trail and the nearby Lower Snowden Trail, and the Terrace Cutoff Trail. We also worked with the Girl Scouts and the El Cerrito Community Garden Network to provide native plants for the Tassajara Trail and the Shevlin-Arlington Path. Students from Montessori School and members of the El Cerrito High mountain bike team took part in trail building.

    Students from Montessori school build the Lower Snowden Trail

    Students from Montessori school build the Lower Snowden Trail

  • Put on several dozen hikes, mostly in El Cerrito but also in Berkeley, Albany, Richmond, San Francisco and Sausalito, attracting several hundred people.

    Girl Scouts plant native plants along the Tassajara stairs

    Girl Scouts plant native plants along the Tassajara stairs

  • Provided important input and mapping to city planners in developing El Cerrito’s Urban Greening Plan for open space and parks.
  • Improved and expanded the Trail Trekker website, posting a trail map and a trail list, along with other new content. Publicized trails in town through a display in the El Cerrito Library.
  • Made available to the public a map of El Cerrito published by a San Francisco firm that includes many of our city’s paths and trails.
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