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Regional Parks Foundation

2022 Annual Report

Access for All

Supporting East Bay Regional Parks Since 1969


$1.14 Million

in funding to the East Bay Regional Park District in 2022

10,200 Youth 

and community members served through Foundation program support

12,586 Members

a Regional Parks Foundation membership record number


& Values

The Regional Parks Foundation supports the East Bay Regional Park District through fundraising to provide universal access, environmental stewardship, educational and recreational programs and the acquisition of parklands. 

At the Regional Parks Foundation, we believe connections with the natural world are critical for leading a healthy, balanced life. Every day, we provide resources to ensure all who live in the East Bay have equal access to the East Bay Regional Park District’s parks, trails, programs and services. Together, we keep our communities healthy and strong through the power of nature and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards to value and protect the abundance of natural and cultural resources that surround us.

Garin Regional Park

Garin Regional Park in Hayward



Dear Friends of the Regional Parks,

Welcome to the 2022 Annual Report of the Regional Parks Foundation, where we proudly present a year of remarkable achievements, resilience, and renewal. Established in 1969, the Regional Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization with a warm and welcoming mission: to support the East Bay Regional Park District. Our passion lies in ensuring that everyone, from all walks of life, can connect with the wonders of nature. We strongly believe in the transformative power of nature and its ability to enrich our lives.  

Our 2022 highlights include: 

  • 10,200: Youth and community members served through Foundation program support 
  • $1.14 Million: Funding to the East Bay Regional Parks District in 2022
  • 12,586: Number of Foundation members, a record number 

Despite unprecedented challenges, we adapted to connect people with nature, foster conservation, and promote recreation and education. Our daily efforts revolve around making sure that people, especially those in underserved communities, have open and inviting opportunities to enjoy the East Bay Regional Park District's parks, trails, programs, and services.

By doing this, we see lives positively transformed and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, nurturing their appreciation for and protection of our open spaces and environment. 

The report highlights our commitment to universal access, environmental sustainability, and educational and recreational initiatives. Join us on this journey toward a resilient, interconnected future for our communities and regional parklands. 

Big Break Regional Shoreline

Big Break Regional Shoreline



Million Residents

in Alameda
and Contra Costa


Million Visitors

in the Park District in 2022

221,094 Guests

served in Visitor Centers

District Map 2023



At the Foundation, we believe the parks are here for all to enjoy. Our goal is to reduce barriers to access and help all feel welcome, by supporting programming that invites and engages historically underserved groups and ensures that the rich diversity of the East Bay is reflected in our parks.

The Foundation funds transportation to parks for school groups, translation services for interpretive parks programs, events for veterans and youth and adults with disabilities, Backpacks to Parks in collaboration with local libraries, scholarships and free memberships to communities of color, and more.

These programs reduce or eliminate the cost of visiting and engaging with parks and provide meaningful experiences that build lasting relationships with our Regional Parks.





used transportation assistance to parks


Free Memberships

distributed to five community organizations



utilized translation services during programs at Big Break Regional Shoreline

multi-cultural wellness walk



The Foundation invests in programs that build confidence, resilience, and imagination in our youth. We raise the next generation of environmental stewards by providing critical science education and hands-on outdoor skills.

Through youth programs like Explore Your Watershed, Teen Eco Action Week, and summer day camps, local students learn key environmental science concepts and experience nature in their own backyard.

Youth participants, many of whom have never been to a Regional Park before, are able to work with District naturalists and take on challenges they may have never done before, such as boating, hiking and biking.

YMCA Camp Arroyo


623 Backpacks

containing maps, field guides, binoculars and other park visit essentials were distributed through local libraries

2,000 Students and Teachers

were supported with classroom materials and transportation tor field trips through the Kids Healthy Outdoor Challenge

200 Students

participated in Explore Your Watershed, which includes field trips to the redwoods and shoreline parks

pulling invasive weeds

Removing invasive vegetation



Each year, we support efforts of the Park District to preserve open spaces and the plants and wildlife that inhabit them. As the changing climate brings new challenges to our ecosystems, the Foundation is committed to funding efforts to keep habitats and species thriving.

Projects supported in 2022 include a Golden Eagle study and research project, Grassland Reptiles Project, and the Shoreline Sanctuary project at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline Park, a multi-year project helps rebuild the habitat into a productive feeding and resting place for thousands of migratory birds traveling the Pacific Flyway. 


$10,000 for Shoreline Restoration

donated by Alameda County Fish & Game Commission

$15,000 for Golden Eagles

provided to conduct a Golden Eagle Study

Sunol Regional Wilderness


Health & Wellness

Spending time in nature boosts our emotional and physical wellbeing. Research shows that outdoor recreation reduces stress and tension, and improves memory, focus, and creativity. The Regional Parks Foundation promotes healthy communities by supporting programming that connects people with nature and gets their bodies moving in the process.

In 2022, we are proud to be part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People: Bay Area initiative with programming such as Trails Challenge, Multicultural Wellness Walks, and SHINE (Stay Healthy in Nature Every Day), an innovative program developed in partnership with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in which doctors prescribe time in nature as part of treatment for a variety of conditions. 

Big Break Regional Shoreline

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area


1,623 Community Members

attended Multicultural Wellness Walks and virtual programs

10,000+ Hikers

participated in the 29th Annual Trails Challenge

414 Pediatric Patients

served through SHINE (Stay Healthy in Nature Every Day)


Public Safety

In keeping with our mission to provide safe access to Regional Parks, the Foundation funds programs and safety equipment to protect park guests.

From water safety programming and trail safety equipment, to rescue equipment for the District’s emergency response efforts, we ensure that park guests and staff have the skills, tools, and confidence to safely navigate our parks and recreational areas.

Junior Lifeguards


9,473 Lifejackets

loaned to guests at our swim facilities

10,365 Swim Tests

administered to assess swimming abilities 

$75,000 for Drowning Study

funding provided for the first year of a three-year study in partnership with Delaware State University



2022 financials


Board List

Peter Liu

Les Hausrath
Vice President

Bruce Kern

Helane Morrison

Bob Brown

Nik Dehejia

Patricia Deutsche

Renee Kemp

Stephanie E. Ledesma

John E. Martin

Amber Miksza

Ravi Poorsina

Holly Potter

Taj Tashombe

Jack Uhalde

Keith White

Geoffrey Zimmerman

Thank you to our partners at the East Bay Regional Park District

Colin Coffey
Board President 2022

Sabrina Landreth
General Manager

Susan Shiu
Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs

Miller Knox Regional Shoreline



Show your love for the parks through one of the many community engagement opportunities the Foundation offers. Partner with us to keep parks accessible for all and to protect wildlife and open space for generations to come. We can’t do it without you!

Donors & Partners

Support for the Regional Parks comes in many forms. In 2022, we celebrated many milestones, made possible in part by Foundation funding, including the new Tilden Botanic Crevice Garden, the Tyler Ranch Staging Area Opening, the Big Break Visitor Center 10th Anniversary, the Sunol Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting, and the Shadow Cliffs Pavilion Ribbon Cutting.


There are countless reasons to join the Regional Parks Foundation. From hiking, birding and biking, to swimming, fishing and boating, to picnicking and celebrating special occasions, the parks have something for everyone to enjoy. When you become a member, you are not just signing up for fantastic benefits that help you experience all that the parks have to offer, you are partnering with the Foundation by providing financial support for the work we do. Your membership is an investment in our community.


The Regional Parks Foundation offers a robust estate planning program for members of the community interested in leaving a bequest or a gift to the causes that matter to them. We host regular estate planning seminars and our Planned Giving Committee, comprised of professionals in the fields of estate planning, tax planning and wealth management, offers resources for donors to make informed decisions.

ribbon cutting at the Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden Crevice Garden Ribbon Cutting


550+ Donor Circle Members

an all-time high for the Regional Parks Foundation

5 Visitor Center Projects

funded by the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundations grant of $1,000,000 were completed

$771,607 in Bequests

received in 2022, with individual bequests ranging from $30,000 to over $400,000


Thank You to Our Donors

We thank all of our donors and members. Your support makes all of this possible!



Joseph Clement Shami Trust
Kathleen Frances Jensen Living Trust



Minder Cheng
Ronald and Rosemary Clenenden
Helzel Family Foundation
Jeanette & Mildred Meyers Fund at the East Community Foundation
John Sutter Living Trust
Judith Radocha CRAT
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California Region
Marathon Petroleum Company
Marcelle Taylor Trust
NextEra Energy Foundation
Nootbar Family Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation
REI, Inc.
Nancy H. Wenninger
Ken Wysocki and Gilda Gonzales
Zalec Familian & Lilian Levinson Foundation


$5,000 - $9,999

Alameda County Fish & Game Commission
Apple, Inc. Matching Employee Funds
Branson Family Foundation
Chevron Matching Employee Funds
Cindy and Jonathan Clark
Jeff and Katherine Everett
Google, Inc. Matching Employee Funds
Headlands Brewing
Kathleen Lang and Peter Newman
Edward and Lois McCluskey
Kristine McKinley
Carol Price
Muriel P. Sonne
The Bernard Osher Foundation
Warren & Cecile Thompson Charitable Foundation
Western Reserve Trust Company
Michael Wilkins and Sheila Duignan
William A. Kerr Foundation
Scott Wilson


$1,000 - $4,999

Joel Abrahams and Cassandra Angel
Ann Almgren and John Bell
Albert and Marsha Badella
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
Paul Bartlett and Yumi Nakagawa
Tom and Diane Bennett
Beverly Berger
Stephen Blair and Fiona Doyle
Mary Anne and Hadley Bland
Nan Boden
Annemarie and Justin Bosl
Charlie Bowen
Eric Bowman
Robert and Barbara Brandriff
Brazen Racing
Barbara Brazil
Richard A. Brown
Susan J. Brown and Robert Zollner
Maxine Brownstein
Karen Caldwell and David Pigg
California Wellness Foundation
Christy Canida and Eric Wilhelm
Terrance Carroll and Linda Dardarian
Sean Ceballos-McGee


$1,000 - $4,999 continued

Center for Plant Conservation
Chateau Seaview Charitable Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation
Jean Circiello
Colin and Mila Coffey
Julie Cooke
Robert E. Cooper and Chartlotte French
Sharon Cox and Lukasz Lempart
Linda Crabbe
Crosby & Kaneda CPAs, LLP
Lou and Grace Dagen
Kathryn Dernham
Manoj and Anuradha Desai
Patty Deutsche
John and Evelyn Dilsaver
Cynthia Donovan
Andrea Dooley
DuBose Family Foundation
Noel Dybdal and Paul Lutes
Elizabeth Callon Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation
Mark Ehni
Nancy Elenberger and Dennis Goldstein
Naomi Epel
Eric Fairbanks
James and Jessica Fleming
Ronnie Fong and Stephanie Louie
Martin and Marian Friedrich
Frolhlich Sozanski Family Give Back Fund
FTV Capital
Clara Gerdes and Ken Greenberg
Iris Goldman
Daniel and Jill Golub
Marian and Roger Gray
Kathryn L. Gustafson
Laila Halsteen
Kate Hartley and Michael Kass
Brit Harvey
Howard and Pamela Hatayama
Les and Linda Hausrath
Davis Hershey and Diana Quon
Kathleen Hirooka and Paul Rohrdanz
Bob and Elizabeth Hislop
Jeana and Richard Hopper
Stephen Horning and Shelley Kaushal
Sam Hunt and Katherine Bucar
Deborah and Thomas Insel
Jim Jackman
Schuyler Jackson
Matt and Margaret Jacobson
Robert Jacques and Cory Jones
David Johnson and In Ja Rhee
Kenneth Jones
Helmut Kapczynski and Colleen Neff
Eric Keisman and Linda Nevin
Kathleen and Dennis Kelleher
Jerry and Lola Kent
Kristin Kenworthy and Gary Armstrong
Bruce and Teri Kern
Pauline and Yong Kim
Rosalind and Sung-Hou Kim
Diana Kipping
Julianne Knell
Sheila Krishnaswamy
Jonathan Krueger and Patricia Fuzesy
Carolyn and Donald Kuemmeler
Jenny Kuo
Esther and David Landhuis
Beverly Lane
Shirley Langlois
Amos Alan Lans and Annie Goglia
Mary G. Lanzone
Marianne Laouri
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Donald and Susan E. Lewis
Richard and Susan Lewis
Litchfield Donor Advised Fund
Pattie Litton and Peter Ralston
Peter and Jacqueline Liu
Eugenia Loken
J. Elaine Macey and Donald Martin
William Mansfield and Sue Koopman
Laura Marlin
Jameison Martin
John Martin and Laura Bruno-Martin
Leigh Marz and Michael Ziegler
Deborah and John May
Maynard P. and Katherine Z. Buehler Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation
Kevin McCusker and Jill Van Dalen
Charles McKinley and Martha Schaffer
Donna Mickleson


$1,000 - $4,999 continued

Brenda Mills and Ann Yoshimura
Stephen Morris
Helane Morrison and Harlan Grossman
Alden Mudge and Mari Loria
Netflix, Inc.
Roger and Audre Newman
Thomas Nordenholz
Ann and John Nutt
Leo O'Brien and Audrey Cunningham
Ann O'Leary
Anne and Charles Olsen
Orinda Garden Club
Orinda Hiking Club
Phillips 66 Matching Gift
Steve and Marilyn Pifer
James Pine and Gina Mori
Point Isabel Dog Owners and Friends
Holly Potter and Jeff Garcia
Sabrina Poulos
Private Company 2
Lindsay Ralphs and Shelley Glazer
Shelley G. Reavis
Paul Renard
Gary and Rochelle Rich
Katherine Richardson
Kennedy and Kathleen Richardson
Jeff and Jodi Riley
Nicole and Andra Rogers
Barbara Rosenfeld
Murray and Julie Ross
Andrew Rothman and Helena Bordie
Miquel Salmeron and Greta Vollmer
Melinda and Roy Samuelson
Wallace and Catherine Samuelson
Lloyd Santy and John Robinson
Annie Sartor and David Taylor
Paul Schaich and Irene Jones
Susan Schwartz and Robert Zucker
Patricia and Gregg Schwinn
Andrew Seitz
Carlo and Margareta Sequin
David Shapiro and Sharon Wheatley
Scott Simmons
Thomas Smegal
Meera Smith
Eberhard Spiller and Friederike Keller-Spiller
Jennifer and Matthew Spring
State of California, Department of Parks & Recreation
Jerry and Judith Steenhoven
Eric and Laura Suliga
Irene Sullenberger
Scott and Leslie Summerfield
Maria Sutter and Maura Shannon
Rand and Barbara Swenson
Sylvia Sykora
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Vijay Talati and Neepa Shah
The Swenson Family Fund
The Vasicek Foundation
Joseph Thornton
Tilden Wildcat Horsemen's Association
Touchstone Golf
Turner Family Fund
Tom and Jan Vargo
Varian Medical Systems
Sandra Venning
Heidi Wachter and Thomas Chew
Joan and Jon Wactor
Winifred and Thomas Walters
Mary Lou Whaling
Keith and Rose White
Kitty Whiteside and Peter Mikkelsen
Ayn Wieskamp
Betsy Willcuts
Tyler Woulfe
Linda Zercher
Geoffrey and Lynn Zimmerman