East Bay Regional Park District to Purchase Roddy Ranch Golf Course

April 21, 2018 19:00 pm · 12 comments

The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors unanimously approved acquisition of the Roddy Ranch Golf Course this month.

The 230-acre property is being acquired in partnership with the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy, which is providing funding for the majority of the purchase price. The total acquisition cost is $1,955,000 with the Conservancy providing $1,935,000 and the District $20,000, which covers the original purchase option. The District is also providing $205,000 for the purchase of on-site, non-land property. All District funds are coming from Measure WW, approved by voters in 2008.

The 230-acre golf course property, along with the previously acquired Roddy Ranch properties, are part of the envisioned Deer Valley Regional Park. Deer Valley Regional Park was included in the District’s 2013 master plan to protect habitat and expand recreational opportunities in East Contra Costa County. The purchase brings the future Deer Valley Regional Park to 3,254 total acres.

“The golf course property is the final step in acquiring Roddy Ranch, previously planned for development, and securing it as permanent open space for the community’s enjoyment,” said East Bay Regional Park District Director Colin Coffey. “Acquisition of the former golf course property is a unique opportunity to enhance public access in East Contra Costa County.”

“The property also includes existing infrastructure and utility services which will help accelerate development of the future Deer Valley Regional Park,” added Coffey.

The total purchase includes a 140-space parking area, three vault toilets, three retention ponds, and existing water and electrical service.

“Assembling the Roddy Ranch properties and bringing them to public use was a decades-long effort,” said East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. “Thank you to the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy, which is such an important and valuable partner in protecting and preserving open space in East Contra Costa County.”

“Thank you also to Donna and Jack Roddy for preserving this beautiful area and being good stewards of their property for so long,” added Doyle.

The 18-hole golf course announced its closing on August 11, 2016 after 16 years of operation. Many of the golf course greens and fairways have reverted to a more natural state. The golf course property and surrounding former Roddy Ranch properties, will continue to be grazed to manage vegetation and reduce fire risks.

Park planning is expected to take several years and requires substantial environmental evaluation and community engagement. However, assembling a majority of the Roddy Ranch and other recently acquired properties as one new contiguous Park District property represents a giant leap forward toward bringing Deer Valley Regional Park to fruition.

Wrigleygum April 21, 2018 at 7:37 PM

I never heard of it, but then again I don’t golf, well I did once and that was enough to tell me I never want to do it or watch it.
Have at it people…

Jojo Potato April 21, 2018 at 7:38 PM

Good job! Can you imagine the traffic increase if that had been built up by Seeno homes? And everything else mess too.

Fritzhugh Ludlow April 21, 2018 at 10:08 PM

How about opening Empire Mine Road…I miss the Shadowlands.

Nature Rules! April 21, 2018 at 10:32 PM

There were some really nasty wild pigs out there; they tore up the course and were considered dangerous. I’d like to see the Park people open it up to bow hunting until that population is exterminated.

Wrigleygum April 22, 2018 at 7:25 AM

Bow hunting? Let loose with some AR15’s on the course and bye bye piggies in short order. Yes Ca still has AR15’s, it’s not a bow only state yet…but they are trying

Bow hunting would take a month vs AR and a few minutes and I don’t think Ted Nugent would be welcome in Ca either.

Silva April 22, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Wonderful!!!

Clayton Squirrel April 22, 2018 at 2:42 PM

Very nice!

Monica33 April 22, 2018 at 3:51 PM

This is fabulous news. Good job EBRPD.

Ellen Teapot April 22, 2018 at 10:41 PM

Great job East Bay Parks! Protecting open space is incredibly important – we can make room for more housing on land tbat’s already built up by using it more efficiently.

Suzanne April 23, 2018 at 8:04 AM

Great job EBRPD! I’ve always felt golf courses are a waste of real estate. And when they go under, as they are doing all around Brentwood it makes for a nasty battle between developers and open space folks like me. I’d rather leave the land in its natural state, brown grasses and snakes and coyotes. Make them ALL into green belts! But, I am a dreamer.

Rollo Tomasi April 23, 2018 at 10:26 AM

I feel the same way about soccer fields/stadiums. Ain’t freedom great?!?!?!?!

Randy April 23, 2018 at 11:43 AM

I prefer high density housing on open spaces like golf courses and soccer fields.

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