The Dublin Hills Regional Park opened late yesterday as more than 100 city, civic and park district leaders dedicated the new 520-acre park.
Parking was at a premium along nearby streets as the park's 23-car lot quickly filled for the 5:30 p.m. ceremony, hosted by the East Bay Regional Park District and Dublin city officials.
The park includes Donlan Point, which at an elevation of 1,138 feet above feet level provides high scenic value among both trail users and neighboring residents, according to the park district. It also features restrooms and drinking fountains, a 1.25-mile section of the Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail, and a 1.5-mile connection loop, according to the park district.
The park is bounded by I-580 to the south, Schaefer Ranch to the southwest, private grazing land to the north, northeast and northwest, and the California Highlands housing development on the southeast. The land has experienced relatively little change since first being settled for ranching and cattle grazing in the middle 1880s, according to the park district.
"I'm so pleased to see this park open," East Bay Regional Park District board member Ayn Wieskamp said. "Dublin now has its own regional open space park in the western hills that is close by and easy to access. Plus we've planned some wonderful trail connections for the future."
Future plans include connecting to the Martin Canyon Creek Trail and extending the park south toward Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, according to the park district.