Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access
Final Engineering & Environmental Design, CEQA Review, and Project Permitting
Albany and Berkeley, California
Client: East Bay Regional Park District Land Division
Questa, with subconsultants 2M Associates, Coast & Harbor Engineering, and Merkel & Associates Marine Biologists, developed this restoration and public access plan and EIR.
Phase 1 of the project involved design and permitting for stabilizing and enhancing the South Albany Neck shoreline and the lower trail at South Albany Neck, revegetating the slope below the trail with native vegetation, providing structures for sub-tidal habitat enhancement, improving trail access, and providing a picnic area at the north end of Albany Beach.
Phases 2/3 of the project involved preliminary design of a parking lot with a non-motorized watercraft staging area, an ADA-compliant beach access ramp for pedestrians and non-motorized watercraft access, a vault-type restroom, park signage, interpretive exhibits and landscaping near the parking lot, connection of the Bay Trail between Gilman Street and Buchanan Street, and enhancing beach and dunes. All of the project facilities were designed to anticipate sea level rise.
Explore McLaughlin Eastshore State Park/Albany Beach (State Parks Foundation)
Virtual Celebration (starts at 23:38 mark)
San Francisco Chronicle Article
Mercury News Article