Last week I went riding at Carnegie on a weekday when we saw Elsie McFarland (the park interpreter) taking some local students around Carnegie to show them where the brick factory once stood and show them a little of the history of the area.
Later as the children were leaving the park in their school vehicles, I rode past them on my dirt bike. I was greeted by so much spontaneous excitement that I was totally blown away. They cheered and waved frantically. I could feel their enthusiasm and I waved back and revved my engine.
Most of the locals love Carnegie SVRA, but they are in for a big disappointment if an East Bay Regional Parks District (the District) gets their way.
If you go to Don Amador’s blog at http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/2013/05/east-bay-regional-park-update-agency.html there is a post entitled East Bay Regional Park Update – Agency Pokes OHV Community in the Eye. He has a link to the updated 2013 Master Plan which is used to guide the District in future expansion of parks, trails and services.
First a little history… Last year hoards of OHV enthusiasts packed the District’s public meetings to voice their strong opposition to their plan to include our Alameda/Tesla expansion (Tesla) as a potential regional preserve under their control. They ignored us back then, and it should come as no surprise to those who were there that the District is still ignoring us today. Our property is included in their updated 2013 master plan. “Motorized vehicles will not be allowed in the preserve except for park maintenance and emergency services“.
In October of 1012 the District received a letter from The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission detailing their concern that the District was trying to decide the future of a park within the California State Park system. See: http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/1140/files/eprpd_ltr__ps_10-12-5-12_tesla_property.pdf
Even though District’s Board of Directors have been informed by California State Parks Director, Anthony Jackson, that what they call “Tesla Park” is not theirs, they are on record as being opposed to OHV recreation there and still have it included as a potential site in their Master Plan.
Our neighbor, Celeste Garamendi, has been trying to get the District to annex the Alameda/Tesla property since 2007. A Response to Request for Public Records sent to the district reveals that there has been ongoing communications between Celeste Garamendi and the District from 2007 until 2012. She wants them to operate our park in a way to to protect it from off-highway vehicle use.
I am sorry but Celeste Garamendi cannot give our property away no matter how many friends she has in high places.
Her husband inherited nine thousand acres next to our park. They can ride around on their own property to their heart’s content but they want to prevent the public from riding in a legal state owned park (hundreds of thousands of riders each year). Her husband was instrumental in filing the failed lawsuit against Carnegie.
And see: Group Envisions Tesla Park, Not Carnegie Vehicle Playground at: http://www.livermorehistory.com/Archive%20-%20Newspapers%20-%20Independent/IND%202008-01-03.pdf