Parks

On the Western shore of Richmond lies Point Molate, a gem of open space. SPRAWLDEF is fighting along with the Richmond community to save this land as a park with its hills filled with wildlife including hawks and cougars, open space for future sports fields, and other recreational opportunities. SPRAWLDEF has funded lawsuits to stop the back room deals that the city council has tried to engineer to allow for massive luxury housing development at the site which would create a huge traffic congestion at the Richmond San Rafael Bridge. The site should be a regional park and is in the East Bay Regional Park District’s master plan for a park.

A view of Pt. Molate

SPRAWLDEF’s lead attorney Norman La Force is fighting for Pt. Molate in coalition with the Sierra Club, Citizens for East Shore Parks (CESP), the Native Plant Society, and Friends of Molate Park, among others. For details, see Current Litigation. SPRAWLDEF is also fighting to get the Richmond Citizens Initiative for Pt Molate on the November ballot. Read more.

A second campaign in which SPRAWLDEF is playing a role is a critical long-term effort to reduce the fire risk in the Oakland/Berkeley hills by abatement of eucalyptus and other highly flammable non-native species on the regional park interface with residential areas. SPRAWLDEF has launched litigation and public advocacy with UC Berkeley, the City of Oakland, the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA), and others to achieve an ecologicall sound and cost-effective option for fire security in this area.