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Point Isabel, Richmond

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Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, California, is operated by East Bay Regional Park District, and is an award-winning, multi-use park for joggers, windsurfers, kayakers, photographers, picnickers, and people walking dogs. It has easy access for pedestrians and via public transit, private vehicles, and bikes (although bike-riding within Point Isabel itself is not allowed). It also features a concession offering food for people and grooming for pets. A longtime community organization and nonprofit, Point Isabel Dog Owners and Friends (PIDO), is active in the maintenance and improvement of the park.
This 50acre park was incorporated into the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) in 1975. The United States Postal Service operates a large bulk mail facility adjacent to what is now Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. As mitigation for the construction of this large facility on the shoreline, USPS offered to lease what is now Point Isabel Regional Shoreline free of charge to the EBRPD until 2025. The lease came with the condition of free public access.
Originally 23 acres, Point Isabel officially added North Point Isabel (sometimes called Battery Point) in 2002 when McLaughlin Eastshore State Park (then Eastshore State Park) was created. North Point Isabel is across the narrow Hoffman Channel from Point Isabel and accessed via a short footbridge or from the Bay Trail.
Both Point Isabel and North Point Isabel, like many parks along the East Bay shoreline, are landfill. For years North Point Isabel was a dumping ground for industrial waste—the "Battery Point" name referred to battery casings—and underwent an intensive cleanup and clay-capping operation in the 1980s. Two of the toxins of concern in the area were lead and zinc. The fenced-off area just north of the public restrooms at the Rydin Road end of the park is dirt that was dug more recently when the restrooms were installed. The dirt pile tested positive for high levels of contaminants and was fenced off, planted, and is permanently off-limits.
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  • This is a very pretty park on the Bay with terrific views of all of it, San Francisco city skyline, the East Bay hills, downtown Oakland, the University. Great place for a long walk or a picnic. 
    This is a very pretty park on the Bay with terrific views of all of it, San Francisco city skyline, the East Bay hills, downtown Oakland, the University. Great place for a long walk or a picnic.  more »
  • On Friday January 21 my little chihuahua get lost in Park if somebody find please return my granddaughter’s dog she a emotional support for her please contact Jocelyne Perez cell phone 1 (415... 
    On Friday January 21 my little chihuahua get lost in Park if somebody find please return my granddaughter’s dog she a emotional support for her please contact Jocelyne Perez cell phone 1 (415...  more »
  • Gorgeous off leash area to walk with the pooch... easy slopes and the BAY for water breeds. Cute cafe so you can grab a coffee and Costco just around the corner for the cheapest lunch in the Bay... 
    Gorgeous off leash area to walk with the pooch... easy slopes and the BAY for water breeds. Cute cafe so you can grab a coffee and Costco just around the corner for the cheapest lunch in the Bay...  more »
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  • This is the same place as the Pt. Isabel dog park - and it's amazing!! We love to go for the great walk, beautiful views, and to see some really cute dogs :) It's seriously impressive and so nice that they have such a large open space for dogs, I've never been to another dog park this big and beautiful. Highly recommend checking this place out. Parking gets crowded on the weekend.
  • BEST dog park in the area. Long off leash trails right on the water with tons of grassy fields for playing. So great!!
  • This place is my dog’s favorite park. There is also a small cafe and a dog grooming place next to it. Keep in mind that the park is not fully fenced.
  • Love this place. My puppies love this place. There's so much place for them to run and meet other puppies.
  • Awesome off leash dog park, it’s humongous and right on the bay making the views spectacular. Everyone is always so friendly and happy, good vibes only! If your dog gets muddy there’s a wash station next to the cafe, so handy! One thing to note is that if it’s a hot day there’s not many water stations through the park, I would suggest bringing a water bottle and bowl for your pup if they get easily dehydrated like mine!

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