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More Acreage for Black Diamond Mine Park in Antioch

January 5, 2017

attribution: By Sanfranman59 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6583363The natural side of Contra Costa County is one full of incredible views and vistas, with a variety of parks and trails which residents and visitors alike enjoy exploring. This area is also key habitat for a range of animals, many of which need to be protected. Our public green spaces provide not only critical habitat, but also a way for us to connect with the natural side of the region. The East Bay Times recently published an article about a 50-acre donation to Antioch for Black Diamond Mine Park.

The parcel of land was owned by East Bay developer, Suncrest Homes. When the land was originally purchased, it was done with an understanding that this area has a sensitive habitat. Despite this, efforts were begun to create a new development, which is no longer being planned. With delays caused by required studies, the permit processes, the housing crash and slow recovery, Suncrest Homes is no longer seeking to develop this area, and has instead deeded it to Antioch Holdings, LLC.

With the property deeded to Antioch, the East Bay Regional Park District’s Board was california_tiger_salamanderasked to approve a donation of the 50 acres to expand Black Diamond Mines Park. The Board gave the approval early in December, 2016–great news for wildlife in the region. The parcel of land, which is south of Mira Vista development in Antioch, is also home to endangered or critically listed species such as the Alameda whipsnake, California red-legged frog and the California tiger salamander.

Black Diamond Mines park is a regional preserve managed by the East Bay Regional Park District. As a place dedicated to protecting and preserving unique habitats, wildlife and natural landmarks around the region, the expansion of 50 acres to the park is great news for animals and nature lovers alike. With now more than 7,000 acres to explore, Black Diamond Mines park is a popular area for picnicking and hiking the vast trails. There are some amazing programs managed by park naturalists too, providing in-depth insight to the history and nature of the park.

It’s important to provide and care for the future of our communities, including our wild neighbors in their natural habitats. The new acreage in Black Diamond Mines Park will not be built upon; it will protect and preserve. When you are ready to sell your property, you want a Realtor® who knows the community and the local real estate market, and has your interests in mind. My team and I are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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