Danville Express

Newsfront - May 18, 2007

Park District to purchase 228 acres

The East Bay Regional Park District's Board of Directors unanimously agreed Tuesday to purchase 228 acres located adjacent to the southern portion of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness near the Danville-San Ramon border behind the Elworthy property.

The Parks District will pay owner Robert Chen and family $2.5 million, the appraised fair market value, for the parcel. Funds came from a Measure AA transfer, Prop 12 and Prop 40 per capita funds, along with other grants.

"When the Elworthy property comes to the Park District, we will have all of the ridgeland," said Park District Board Member Beverly Lane.

Currently environmental reports are being done on the Elworthy property, a 459-acre parcel west off San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Development plans call for 96 units on 12 acres between Fountain Springs Circle and Midland Way, and the rest of the property will remain open space.

District Land Acquisition Manager Nancy Wenninger presented an overview of the Chen property at the May 15 board meeting stating that this acquisition is another important step in a 35-year project to protect the ridgeline overlooking San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga. With this purchase, Las Trampas includes about 5,300 acres of open space.


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