Kudos to the East Bay Regional Park District and to Director Ayn Wieskamp for recognizing the important natural and historic resources in Tesla Park that should be preserved for future generations. Tesla provides a critical and vital link, not only as an essential wildlife habitat corridor, but also as part of our wonderful regional park system which offers scenic vistas, preserves open space and provides hiking trails around the Tri-Valley. The park is unique and irreplaceable.
Tesla is located in Alameda County and is part of Livermore. The western edge of Tesla Park is just 7 miles from the City Center. The historic Tesla mining town was intimately connected to Livermore by society, commerce and daily wagon runs. The unusual combinations of sensitive plant communities and wildlife provide a treasure trove for research and education for all ages.
There is a long process ahead with the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division to determine the future use of Tesla Park through the environmental review process. The Park District got it right to identify Tesla in its master plan as a potential regional preserve so that it can effectively participate in that public planning process and represent the long-standing interests of our region that values preservation and environmental protection.