Roberts Regional Recreation Area

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Roberts Regional Recreation Area
TypeRecreation
Nearest cityOakland, California
Area82 acres (0.33 km2)
Created1952
Operated byEast Bay Regional Park District

Roberts Regional Recreation Area (RRRA) is an area adjacent to Redwood Regional Park located in Alameda County next to Oakland, CA and is part of the East Bay Regional Parks (EBRPD). It is across Skyline Drive from the City of Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. adopted Roberts Park in 1979, under the newly-developed Adopt-a-Park program, which promised continued funding. This was the first park in EBRPD to be so adopted. [1]

Redwood Regional Park

Redwood Regional Park is a part of the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is located in the hills east of Oakland. The park contains the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood found in the East Bay. The park is part of a historical belt of coast redwood extending south to Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve and east to Moraga.

East Bay Regional Park District

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a special district operating in Alameda County and Contra Costa County, California, within the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Area. It maintains and operates a system of regional parks which is the largest urban regional park district in the United States. The administrative office is located in Oakland.

Roberts Regional Recreational Area has picnic tables, playground and a seasonal pool with lifeguard.

History

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 962. Plaque placed in Roberts Regional Recreation Area August 23, 1986. Photo courtesy of Jasper Jurcenoaks. September 10, 2016. 1986 Memorial plaque for California Historical Landmark Blossom Rock Navigation Trees.jpg
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 962. Plaque placed in Roberts Regional Recreation Area August 23, 1986. Photo courtesy of Jasper Jurcenoaks. September 10, 2016.

California Historical Landmark #962, "Blossom Rock Navigation Trees," is located in the Madrone Picnic Area of the Roberts area. It describes how two of the most prominent redwood trees were used by sailors entering San Francisco Bay during the early 19th Century to avoid hitting a submerged hazard known as Blossom Rock. [lower-alpha 1] The rock was between Alcatraz Island, Yerba Buena Island and the Port of San Francisco. [3]

Blossom Rock (San Francisco Bay)

Blossom Rock was a serious navigational hazard to sailing ships entering or leaving San Francisco Bay in the 19th Century. It was formally reported by Captain F. Beechey of the Royal Navy ship HMS Blossom in 1827.

Alcatraz Island island in San Francisco, California, United States of America

Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1828), and a federal prison from 1934 until 1963. Beginning in November 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of Native Americans from San Francisco, who were part of a wave of Native activism across the nation, with public protests through the 1970s. In 1972, Alcatraz became part of a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Yerba Buena Island Neighborhood of San Francisco in California, United States

Yerba Buena Island sits in the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland, California. The Yerba Buena Tunnel runs through its center and connects the western and eastern spans of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. It has had several other names over the decades: Sea Bird Island, Wood Island, and Goat Island. The island is named after the town of Yerba Buena, which was named for the plant of the same name that was abundant in the area. The plant's English and Spanish common name, Yerba buena, is an alternate form of the Spanish hierba buena, generally used to describe local species of the mint family.

The rock was first reported in 1827 by a British sea captain. [lower-alpha 2] It was finally rendered non-hazardous in 1870 by the Corps of Engineers, using a combination of drilling and blasting. [3] Meanwhile, the "Navigation Trees" were cut down between 1851 and 1855, [2] leaving ships entering and leaving the Golden Gate for nearly two more decades. [1]

The RRRA area was covered by redwood trees that were logged between 1840 and 1860 to provide building materials needed to support the explosive population growth in San Francisco and Oakland immediately following the discovery of gold in California. Redwood trees presently in Roberts and Redwood parks are second growth. [1]

Roberts Regional Recreational Area opened to the public in 1952. It was named for Thomas J. "Tommy" Roberts, then secretary to the East Bay Regional Park District board of directors for 24 years. He continued to serve on the board until his death in 1958, at age 95. [1]

Activities

The RRRA opens at 8:00 AM, year round. Closing time varies from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, depending on the month. The park may close earlier than the posted time if the weather turns bad or if there are judged to be too few visitors. Parking fees are $5.00 per vehicle, $4.00 per trailer, and $25.00 per bus. [1]

Dogs on the inside of RRRA must be leashed. There is no charge for guide/service dogs. Owners are charged $2.00 for all other dogs. [1]

Picnicking

There are eight reservable picnic locations in the main part of the park (capacities are shown in parentheses:

Two additional sites in the Redwood Bowl area are suitable for larger groups: Redwood Bowl (50) Anna Costa (50). [1]

All picnic sites have serving tables, individual picnic tables, cooking areas, barbecue pits and drinking fountains. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2. Reservations are not necessary for family picnicking when there are fewer than 25 people in the group. [1]

Swimming

The RRRA swimming area features a heated pool, 25 yards (23 m) long and 3 feet (0.91 m) to 8.5 feet (2.6 m) deep, but with no diving board. Besides the pool, the swim complex has a wheelchair accessible bathhouse, vending machines and lawn area. There is also an accessible lift into the pool. The swimming area is normally open from mid-April until the end of September. Special times are reserved when only disabled visitors are allowed to use the pool. [1]

Hiking, biking and jogging

Notes

  1. Blossom Rock received its name after it was discovered by F. W. Beechey of HMS Blossom. [2]
  2. It was impractical to remove the rock because underwater demolition was not sufficiently developed at the time.

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