The next San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting (#7) is on Friday, June 28 at the State Coastal Conservancy, 1330 Broadway, 11th Floor Conference Room, from 10:00 to 1:00. We will be considering grant requests for three sites around San Francisco Bay: Oyster Point Marina, the Petaluma River Turning Basin, and the Palo Alto Baylands Sailing Station, and also discussing the Water Trail Accessibility Plan and opportunities to contribute to the effort. We hope to see you on the 28th.
The Water Trail grant program is still accepting grant applications, as requests received by the April 30 deadline did not exceed the $500,000 of funding available. Contact Galli Basson if you have a “shovel ready” project that would enhance a site along the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail. If you do not have all pre-construction documents in hand, but expect to relatively soon, we still encourage you to get in touch with us.
San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail at Statewide Conference in May
The California Trails & Greenways Conference at Lake Tahoe welcomed water trails into this long-standing and popular statewide conference with a session on Water Trail Benefits and Challenges. Ann Buell, Galli Basson, and Steve Watanabe (Dept. of Boating and Waterways) were joined by Sue Rae Irelan of the California Tahoe Conservancy (Lake Tahoe Water Trail) for a group presentation. Steve shared his statewide perspective, underscoring the huge variety among water trails – all with their challenges, and all with benefits! For a copy of our presentation and handout with useful links to water trail resources, please visit http://sfbaywatertrail.org/announcements/.
Progress Toward Completion of the Water Trail Accessibility Plan:
“Issues and Recommendations for Improved Accessibility” for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail is now posted at http://sfbaywatertrail.org/plan-your-trip/accessibility/accessibility-plan/. Developed by Beneficial Designs for the State Coastal Conservancy under contract to GPPA Architects, this document examines and discusses the accessibility issues of five fairly typical launch site types, followed by recommendations for improved accessibility. We expect to include this report as an appendix to the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Accessibility Plan, which is under development. The San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail is sharing this report as a resource for public use and consideration, not as the endorsed policy of the Water Trail.