Build a Public Park Not Luxury Housing

The City of Richmond is on the verge of making a huge and long-lasting mistake that could damage the City for many years to come. It would give away valuable resources for the sake of short-term gain. We, the Citizens of Richmond, must insist that the City not sell off its future. This initiative will protect our city’s valued coastline for future generations to enjoy.

Our Initiative Will:

  • Create a public park at Point Molate with wildlife, recreation, and preservation of Ohlone sacred sites
  • Save Richmond taxpayers from paying subsidies for luxury development
  • Allow reasonable development, limiting traffic congestion and fire danger

Preamble

The following initiative would make it the policy of the City of Richmond to create a public park
at Point Molate made up of the entire city-owned area except for the Winehaven Complex.
This initiative is being proposed and supported by Richmond residents because they believe that
preservation of Point Molate as public land, with its important environmental, cultural, historic
and educational resources, is far more beneficial to Richmond and future generations than its
development as a private luxury residential area.
1. A public park would preserve the important environmental resources at Point Molate,
extending from the ridgetop and upland habitats, to the wild osprey, to the underwater
eelgrass beds — among the healthiest in the Bay.
2. A park would avoid the serious financial risk to Richmond taxpayers who might otherwise
have to subsidize the large luxury development being considered.
3. The park would provide educational and spiritual opportunities for Native American culture
and would preserve Ohlone Sacred sites, along with other Richmond cultural and historic
sites.
4. A park would avoid compounding the increasing traffic jams on I-580. By contrast, the
residential development the city and developers seek would greatly increase the traffic and
the delays. Restricting the residential development to the Winehaven Complex would likely
reduce the size and impact of any residential development, greatly reducing traffic and public
safety impacts.
5. A park would provide recreational space for playing fields (including fields for soccer and
other sports), cycling, hiking, kayaking, etc., and could be managed by a regional park
district or a land trust.
6. A park would ensure public access to environmental, recreational, cultural, historical, and
local business resources and restore a welcoming environment for all Richmond residents
and for future generations as well as act as a regional draw inviting visitors to Richmond.
7. This initiative would promote economic justice by advancing educational and career
opportunities for Richmond residents interested in jobs in the environmental and
sustainability fields, a fast growing economic sector and part of any green new deal.
8. This Initiative would shift residential development to the Winehaven Complex, and could
limit the size of residential development at Point Molate, reduce the cost and need for
infrastructure, reduce financial risks to Richmond residents, reduce traffic impacts, and
reduce exposure to fire and explosion dangers.
9. This Initiative would help on the local level to fight the Climate Crisis by reducing sprawl,
promoting compact transit-oriented development and by promoting the resiliency of our Bay
and eelgrass ecosystems.
10. Another goal of this Initiative is to refocus residential development from luxury housing to
affordable housing in locations where infrastructure already exists.

SECTION 1. PURPOSE
The purpose of this initiative is to establish a public park on the city-owned land and resources at
Point Molate, but not including the Winehaven Complex. The park will ensure public access to
the recreational, environmental and cultural resources of this Ohlone ancestral land. Converting
this land to public park use will benefit the youth and residents of Richmond, California, as well
as residents of and visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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