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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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  • 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 »
  • I grew up in the Bay Area and never realized how many scenic views there are to appreciate - besides the "famous tourist places". This is one of the special ones!  more »
  • So much fun I did not know what to expect before I arrived. Once I arrived I was so happy I drove the long distance to come and take my dogs for a beautiful and fun entertaining day. I only spent about an hour there but my dogs had so much fun ! There were so many dogs that were all friendly and off leashes.. It was a cool experience. My dog is little and had some trouble climbing down on his own to go for a swim but we hand took him down passed all the rocks and he was able to play in the water (he is still a little nervous of swimming) but he loved it ! Go to point Isabel regional shoreline for some fun in the sun with your babies ;)
  • This is the best off leash dog park in the area. Be careful as some of the dogs are aggressive sometimes. The park may be a little too big; it's easy to lose your dog if they're not on voice command.
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