Alameda Sun: Breakwater Beach Upgrades Coming, October 11, 2016


The beach at the eastern end of Alameda Point near the dormant campground will undergo a major renovation in 2017. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is planning to create a natural dune landscape. They are also planning to bring more sand to the beach in order to raise the elevation to allow use of the beach at high tide.

In September of 2016, EBRPD submitted a grant application for $70,000 to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The application sought funding from a special program called the Environmental Enhancement Fund Grant Program. Penalties for oil spills are deposited into this fund.

The money can only be used for environmental enhancement projects within or immediately adjacent to waters of the state. If approved, the funds will supplement up to $400,000 in Measure WW park bond funds that park district voters approved in 2008 for Alameda Point.

The dune is currently overrun with non-native ice plant. Plans call for reshaping the dune and planting dune grass. Other features of the renovation effort will include removing a rusted-out barge hulk currently serving as a retaining wall next to the Bay Trail. This area will be re-landscaped with pebbles to create a natural transition from the trail to the water.