Sunday, May 31, 2015

The San Francisco Bay Trail and the opening of the Ferry Point Loop Trail in Richmond: 31 May 2015

Two new components of the San Francisco Bay Trail were officially opened in Richmond. The additions were made to the Point Richmond area of the Bay Trail. The new changes to the trail network enabled the East Bay Regional Park District to open a new trail loop: The Ferry Point Loop Trail. I decided to go to Point Richmond on Sunday to participate in the "Grand Opening Schedule of Festivities." The event took place across the street from the Richmond Plunge. After the grand opening celebration, I decided to ramble about and see what was done to the Bay Trail. The improvements are helpful; they promote safety and will be appreciated by both pedestrians and bicyclists. One of the improvements was widening the walkway/bike path that goes through the Richmond Ferry Tunnel. The other improvement for bicyclists and pedestrians provides a second access route to historic Kaiser Shipyard 3


The grand opening ceremony. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Bruce Beyaert is the chairman of the Trails for Richmond Action CommitteeClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, as seen from Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline park. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Angel Island is on the left; the northern tower of the Golden Gate Bridge is visible. The view is from Miller/Knox Regional ShorelineClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
The remains of the Richmond Ferry TerminalClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
These building remnants are located adjacent to the remains of the Richmond Ferry Terminal. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
San Francisco is in the background and the western span of the Bay Bridge is on the left. It is foggy and windy. The breakwater was constructed when the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards were in operation. A view from Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This is the SS Red Oak Victory, a World War II Victory Ship built at the Richmond Kaiser ShipyardsClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
Another view from within Kaiser Shipyard #3. The Red Oak Victory's bow can be seen on the left. A Whirley Crane is the center of attraction in this snap. This example was manufactured during WWII and was used at the Kaiser Shipyards during the war. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The building is the former site of Ford Motor Company's Richmond assembly plant. It has had a very interesting historyIn the background is a view of San Pablo RidgeClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
The map shows the route of the majority of the ramble. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 6.2 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 131 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route’s track. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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