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August 1, 2017 > Park It

Park It

By Ned MacKay

A Native American village existed for several thousand years at what is now Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. In consultation with Ohlone descendants, East Bay Regional Park District has constructed a traditional shade structure, pit house and sweat house at the village site.

Park naturalists conduct frequent free tours of the reconstructed village, on a half-mile walk through a marsh teeming with wildlife, starting at the visitor center.

ThereÕs a tour from 10 a.m. to noon and another from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., both on Sunday, Aug. 6. And thereÕs a tour from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. All are led by Kristina Parkison.

The village site needs frequent care to clean, weed and renew its structures. If youÕre willing to help, thereÕs a volunteer day scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19. The park staff will provide snacks, water, gloves, tools, and a program about the siteÕs significance.

Volunteer day is for ages 12 and older, accompanied by parents, and registration is required. To volunteer, call 888-327-2757. Select option 2 and refer to course number 17381.

Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. ThereÕs a $5 parking fee. For information, call 510-544-3220.


Speaking of the Ohlone, they used tule rushes to construct shelters, boats and baskets. ThereÕs a tule basket-making workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Environmental Education Center in Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley.

Naturalist Trail Gail Broesder will help participants make small baskets from tule plants.
The activity is for ages 10 and older; registration is required, and thereÕs a fee of $10 per person ($12 for non-district residents).

For information and registration, call 888-327-2757, select option 2, and refer to course number 17553.


The Over-The Hills Gang is an informal group of hikers ages 55 and older who explore various regional parks in search of exercise, history and fun.

Trail Gail will lead the gang on a mostly flat hike from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline in Richmond. The park is notable for its history of dynamite manufacture. ItÕs also scenic and pleasant on hot summer days.

Meet at the new park entrance at the end of Atlas Road. Take the bridge over the railroad tracks to the parking area. For information, call 510-544-2233.


Evening hikers at Black Diamond Mines in Antioch will experience sounds of the night in a program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, led by naturalist Kevin Damstra. The group will listen for noises that reveal the presence of various animals.

The program is for ages eight and older. ItÕs free, but registration is required. To register, call 888-327-2757. Select option 2 and refer to program number 17532.


At Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, itÕs arachnid adventure time from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6. Drop by the visitor center for some spider lore and spider-themed activities.

Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off OakleyÕs Main Street. For information, call 888-327-2757, ext. 3050.

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