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Richmond: Long-awaited new trail opens Saturday

Richmond Bay Trail

Cyclists zip along a newly-opened stretch of Bay Trail near the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond in 2009. Photo credit: D. Ross Cameron

TWENTY YEARS IS a long time to wait for something.

But the wait is over for those who envision a trail at the old West County landfill. This Saturday, supporters will gather to celebrate the opening of the new 4-mile Landfill Loop Trail that will offer spectacular views of Marin, Sonoma and West Contra Costa  counties across San Pablo Bay.

Here’s our story with a nifty collection of Bay Trail photos.

For those itching to go, here are the details on Saturday’s grand opening:

  • When: Bicyclists will gather at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Richmond Plunge at Garrard Boulevard and Richmond Avenue and ride the existing Bay Trail to the new Landfill Loop. Ribbon-cutting is set for 9 a.m. The Trails for Richmond Action Committee and the Audubon Society will lead hikes from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Directions by bicycle or on foot: Take Bay Trail from The Plunge to Parr Boulevard, turn west on the street to cross the bridge over Wildcat Creek where people will gather on the left.
  • Directions by car: From Richmond Parkway, turn west on Parr Boulevard toward San Pablo Bay. Bear left to cross the bridge over San Pablo Creek and then left into the trailhead parking area.
  • RSVP by sending an email to tracbaytrail@earthlink.net

Katherine Tam

Katherine is a Bay Area native and has been a reporter working for various publications for 11 years. She has been covering the city of Richmond for three years. She can be reached at ktam@bayareanewsgroup.com.