Benicia State Recreation Area
What Happens if the Closure Plan Proceeds?
Resources at Risk
The Benicia State Recreation Area has been a State Park since 1967 and is the only other State Park in Solano County besides the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. Over 2.2 miles of a critical segment of both the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the San Francisco Bay Trail are at risk. Both of these trails have seen significantly increased usage following the building of the Benicia/Martinez bridge link. The Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden is a 3.5 acre volunteer collaborative effort with the California Native Plant Society. It displays water wise plants for use in Solano County. The Southampton Bay Wetland Natural Preserve encompasses over 720 acres and is designated as an Important Bird Area, (IBA) by the California Audubon Society.
Public Access That Will Be Lost
Benicia, Glen Cove/Vallejo and other Bay Area residents walk, run, hike, bike and fish in the park. Trail users follow the two well documented and published bay trails maps.
There are eight camp sites and four large picnic areas overlooking the Carquinez Strait. The use of the public bathrooms on site would also be restricted.
Community Contributions That Will Be Lost
The Botanic Garden has received over $100,000 in grants and donations. Over $350,000 worth of volunteer hours has been contributed since groundbreaking in 2003. The garden is listed as one of the thirteen most valuable plant collections in California.
Local Business Impacts
The City of Benicia tourism efforts highlight the bike, hiking and walking trails as well as the access to the Carquinez Strait for people to fish. A disconnecting of the State Park segment from the system could have an adverse effect on tourism.