PARKS AND RECREATION

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports measures that ensure that adequate parks and recreational facilities are provided for all the communities served by the various recreation and park districts in the Eden Area.
Position In Brief: 

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports measures that ensure that adequate parks and recreationalf acilities are provided for all the communities served by the various recreation and park districts in the Eden Area. At the same time, protection should be provided for natural resources,open space and environmentally sensitive areas. Adequate funding should be available to provide both protection for natural resources as well as a variety of recreational opportunities, from sports to the arts.

Position History: 

Hayward Land Use:  Eden Area Planning

Parks & Recreation

Eden Area Shoreline

Adopted:  1963 (H)  Adopted:  1981 (SL)

Adopted:  1968 (H)

Adopted:  1972

Updated:  1964 (H) Consensus: 1990 (HA)

Consensus: 1990 (EA)

Consensus: 1990 (EA)

Consensus:  1990 (EA)

Updated:   1993 (EA)

Updated:  1997

Updated:  1997

Updated: 2016 (EA)

Updated:  2005 (EA)

 

 

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

 

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports measures that ensure that adequate parks and recreational facilities are provided for all the communities served by the various recreation and park districts in the Eden Area. At the same time, protection should be provided for naturalr esources,open space and environmentally sensitive areas. Adequate funding should be available to provide both protection for natural resources as well as avariety of recreational opportunities, from sports to the arts.

 

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports:

   Important multi-jurisdictional recreational opportunity providers and protectors of many natural and man-made assets;

   The maintenance and enhancement oft he wildlife refuges, park system areas, trails, baylands, and recreation programs provided within the Eden Area as well as neighboring jurisdictions to support connecting flyways, trails, among other resources;

    Efforts to avoid fragmenting the established districts or eroding their tax bases in order to effectively operate these important  community facilities and services;

    Continuation of a citizen’s advisory committee for Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and reinstitution of a citizen’s advisory committee for Hayward Area Shoreline Agency, a joint powers agency of which HARD and East Bay Regional Park District are members.

    Legislative adoption of citizen advisory committees/commissions for all parks and recreation districts.

Policies to promote:

A.   Encourage and support joint planning and cooperative projects for the acquisition, creation, and expert maintenance and cleaning of parklands, baylands, ridge-lands, open space and trails for recreational and educational uses by the East Bay Regional Park District, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (which includes Castro Valley and San Lorenzo), Alameda County, the Local Agency Formation Commission,the City of Hayward,and the City ofSan Leandro.

B.    Adoption, continual review and updating of the Master Plans to guide acquisition and development with emphasis on preservation of the area’s natural state of parklands, park facilities, and trails within districts. Adoption of specific plans based on thorough studies and environmental review for parks experiencing high volume demand or degradation.

C.   Purchase of baylandsj ointly by public agencies--local, regional, state, and federal--with funding capabilities. Wetlands on the shoreline should be protected and enlarged, addressing climate change mitigation and rising tide issues. Local governments, with the help of citizen involvement, will benefit in the long term from a protected shoreline by:

1.    Preservation of the historical and education value of area salt ponds.

2.    Reversion to marshes.

3.    Creation of a fresh water lake for a much-needed watering area for waterbirds and other species needing other than Baywaters.

 

D.   Expenditure of capital funds in line with the priorities in Master Plans within the districts, on an equitable basis, taking into consideration specific needs of various communities.

 

E.   Acquisition of parklands for recreation, conservation of habitat areas, protection of special and endangered species, and educational development.

·         Acquisition of new parklands

·         Wetlands (baylands) and shorelines

·         Trails, including BayTrails,Ridge Trails, Creek Corridors, and Bay-to-Bridge connections.

 

F.    Protection of existing parklands from degradation from urban pollution, including freeways, roads, utilitylines, or visual intrusion, and traffic.

 

G.   Wide variety of recreational programs for all ages, honoring the need for sports, health maintenance, cultural celebrations, the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts), hobbies, and nature exploration. Consider community standards regarding humane treatment of animals, and respect for the cultures and languages that are a part of each community.

 

H.   Promotion of public notice, distribution, dissemination, discussion, and input for Master Plan and/or Specific Plans and planning process.

 

Updated October 2016

League to which this content belongs: 
The Eden Area