The final link connecting five parks and 44-miles of regional trails from Livermore to Fremont is complete.
After more than four months of construction and years of coordination, a new 135-foot single-span bridge at Sycamore Grove Park in Livermore officially opened last week with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The project was spearheaded by the Tri-Valley Conservancy. The nonprofit named it the Edward R. Campbell Bridge in honor of the late Alameda County supervisor. Campbell’s efforts to establish the South Livermore Valley Area Plan helped permanently protect from urban development thousands of acres of open space and agricultural land south of Livermore, including the area where the bridge is located.
An inscribed granite slab next to a stone etched with Campbell’s likeness includes an inspirational message about his legacy. It ends: “May this foot bridge inspire all of us to take the steps to build bridges, connect paths and preserve the beauty in the Tri-Valley.”
The span will provide year-round access to the park. It replaces a narrow footbridge that was not passable for much of the year due to high water. Unlike the old bridge which could only be crossed on foot, the new bridge, with ramped pathways, provides safe access to the park for people in wheelchairs, bikes and on horseback.
The bridge fills the final gap in what the Tri-Valley Conservancy calls the Valley Trail Connections program, a continuous trail across Sycamore Grove Park, Del Valle Regional Park, Ohlone Regional Wilderness, Sunol Regional Wilderness, and Mission Peak Regional Preserve.
The route will also become part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail — one of just 30 National Historic Trails in the country.
To learn more about Tri-Valley Conservancy and the Valley Trail Connections project visit TriValleyConservancy.org.