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East Bay Parks offering 'Free Park Fridays'

Shadow Cliffs, Del Valle among no-cost admission sites

The East Bay Regional Park District is marking its 85th anniversary with free concerts and other events, and establishing "Free Park Fridays" through the end of the year.

Park entry and other fees will be waived every Friday starting this week and continuing through December. Park entrance and fees for day use parking, swimming, dogs, horse trailers, boat launching and fishing permits will all be free, park officials said.

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton and Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore are the main local sites where residents can take advantage of the "Free Park Fridays" as the other EBRPD sites in the Tri-Valley don't have admission fees, according to EBRPD spokesman Dave Mason.

"For 85 years, the East Bay Regional Park District has preserved and protected open space in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and provided public access to regional parks, shorelines, and trails for hiking, biking, swimming, horseback riding, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and nature discovery," Mason said in a statement marking the start of 85th anniversary celebrations.

The park district encompasses 73 regional parks with more than 122,000 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The fee waiver for "Free Park Fridays" does not apply to special event permits/reservations, camping and associated fees, or state fees such as fishing licenses and watercraft inspections. The fee waiver also doesn't apply to district concessions.

Free events and concerts in the parks include:

* Lake Chabot Concerts in the Park on June 22 (Castro Valley).

* Crown Beach Concerts at the Cove on July 12 (Alameda).

* Crown Beach Concerts at the Cove on Aug. 9 (Alameda).

* Contra Loma Concert in the Park on Aug. 23 (Antioch).

* Crown Beach Concerts at the Cove on Sept. 13 (Alameda).

* John Sutter Gateway Bridgeyard Festival on Sept. 28 (Oakland).

More information on the parks is available at www.ebparks.org.

Story by Bay City News Service, with Pleasanton Weekly editor Jeremy Walsh contributing.

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