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September 5, 2017 > Meeting focuses on Coyote Hills restoration and public access

Meeting focuses on Coyote Hills restoration and public access

Submitted By Dave Mason, East Bay Regional Park District

More than 40 community members recently joined members of the East Bay Regional Park District at the first of two public meetings on planned improvement to Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. The project, known as the Coyote Hills Restoration and Public Access Project, includes the addition of 306 acres along the eastern boundary of the existing Coyote Hills Regional Park.

ÒThe project represents a significant opportunity to enhance public access and restore natural habitat,Ó said East Bay Regional Park District Environmental Programs Manager Chris Barton. ÒWe appreciated the communityÕs interest in the Coyote Hills Restoration & Public Access Project and value their feedback.Ó

The Monday, August 14 meeting included discussion of the project goals, scope, and potential improvements. Attendees were encouraged to share their priorities for the project, including public access, preservation and habitat restoration.

ÒWe received great feedback from the community,Ó said Barton. ÒItÕs clear that the community is interested in improving public access, especially enhancing trail connections, parking, and creating a more functional and visible public entrance,Ó Barton said, adding that ÒThere was also interest in reestablishing and enhancing wildlife habitat areas.Ó

Coyote Hills Restoration & Public Access Project goals and opportunities include: providing a more prominent park entrance, improving parking and trail access, restoring and enhancing wetland and grassland habitat, increasing plant and animal diversity, providing climate and environmental education, and continuing the siteÕs existing organic farming.

Priorities mentioned by the community also include adding picnic areas and creating wildlife viewing platforms.

According to Park District officials there is still time to provide feedback. Another public meeting is being scheduled for November.

In addition to attending a public meeting, residents can also let the park district know what their priorities are for the project by filling out a feedback survey online at www.ebparks.org/survey-coyotehills.

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