Over 100 SF Bay Area Groups Release Report on Vision for the Future of Local Open Spaces
Golden Lands, Golden Opportunity identifies the Bay Area’s vital lands that provide public
benefits but are not yet protected.
The overriding goal of the plan is to: Give more people access to open space by requiring that a park be located no more than 10 minutes by foot or bike from every resident’s home.
2/3/2009 SF Chronicle--Thousands of acres in the Bay Area - from redwood forests in Sonoma County to orchards in Contra Costa and a large section of open space on San Francisco's waterfront - should be protected from development, according to a report released Tuesday...
The giant green corridor envisioned in the report would not mean commerce or private business would cease. The 100,000-acre coastal dairy belt in Sonoma County, vineyards in Napa and fertile farmland in Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Solano and Marin counties would be protected.
Trails linking 47 cities in the nine Bay Area counties would also be funded, including the 500-mile Bay Trail and the Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop. In San Francisco, a 13-mile corridor along the southeastern waterfront known as the Blue Greenway would bring recreation to an underserved area of the city.
Watersheds along the San Mateo and Santa Clara county coasts, urban parks in Alameda and the 470,000 acres of redwood forests and woodlands in Sonoma County would be protected under the plan....