New leaders named to East Bay Regional Park District board

District operates 65 parks, including Pleasanton Ridge, Shadow Cliffs

The East Bay Regional Park District board of directors has inducted new leaders for 2016. Leadership positions rotate annually.

The district is a system of public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Established in 1934, the system comprises 119,000 acres in 65 parks including the Pleasanton Ridge and Shadow Cliffs lake and recreation areas in Pleasanton. In all, it operates more than 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.

This year's officers for the district are Doug Siden of Alameda, president; Beverly Lane of Danville, vice president; Dennis Waespi of Castro Valley, treasurer and Diane Burgis of Oakley, secretary.

Whitney Dotson of Richmond, Ayn Wieskamp of Livermore and John Sutter of Oakland round out the seven-member board.

Siden was first elected to the board in November, 1992. Prior to his retirement in 1999, he was executive director of a successful program to provide environmental education and recreational experiences to youth, children, families and adults for over 20 years.

Lane, a former mayor of Danville, was elected to the park district board in 1994. She has led efforts to establish the Iron Horse Regional Trail, the Calaveras Ridge Trail and Sycamore Valley Open Space Park. She is also a prominent local historian.

Waespi, elected to the board in 2014, was an employee of the park district for 36 years before retiring. He has also served on the boards of the Castro Valley Sanitary District and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.

Burgis, a former Oakley city councilwoman, is executive director of Friends of Marsh Creek. She was elected to the district board in 2014.

The board meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Members are elected to four-year terms, and represent different geographic areas of the East Bay.

For information about the East Bay Regional Park District and its board of directors, contact Carolyn Jones, public information supervisor at (510) 544-2217 or by email at

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