We have a new park in the region, open and ready for visitors to use. The East Bay Regional Park District has opened a new park for the first time in six years, Vargas Plateau Regional Park. Located 1,000 feet above sea level, the new park offers stunning views, which can be reached by trails that run through wooded canyons and gently rolling hills. This is the 66th regional park for the district, and is being hailed as an environmental gem with all that it has to offer
Most of the trails are not on the steeper side compared to other parks, such as the nearby Mission Peak Regional Park. The flatter, gentler trails make it easier for visitors of all ages to explore the area, whether on a mountain bike, a horse, or just out for a stroll. There is also conservation going on at Vargas Plateau Regional Park. Before the site could open, the California salamander was placed on the state threatened species list. The new park includes habitat for the salamander, so extra improvements had to be put in to place to help protect them.
One of the biggest draws to Vargas Plateau Regional Park is the amazing view-points that are available. From the top of the plateau you can see not only the San Francisco Bay, but also the San Jose Salt flats and the Sunol and Pleasanton ridges. With 6 miles of trails to wander over 1,249 acres, this new park will give photographers an incredible vantage point. Two miles of the trails in the park are also a part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Future plans for the park include establishing connecting trails to other parks around the Castro Valley, Fremont, Newark, Pleasanton, and Sunol. These future plans are still in the design phase however, so we will have to wait to see what the future holds for this new park.
One thing to note is that there is a parking lot for the Vargas Plateau Regional Park, with space for up to 25 cars. There is no parking allowed along the road leading to the park entrance however. This was done as part of a settlement from a lawsuit that was filed by area residents who were concerned about possible traffic problems along the roadway. The East Bay Regional District agreed to widen the road is some areas, keep the vegetation trimmed, and add in the parking lot. While this issue caused a delay in opening the park, in the end compromise was reached and the region now has another beautiful green space for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Our regional parks are just one of the many reasons this area is a wonderful place to live. When you are ready to buy or sell your home, we at Haylen Group are here to help you with all of your real estate needs! As your buyer’s agent, we will strive to give you the best support we can. Call Helen Chong at (408) 800-LIST or email at Helen@HaylenGroup.com. You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.