Plans for the Future

 
 

The southern hill and shoreline of Mare Island was slated for use as parkland at the time the Reuse Plan for the former naval shipyard was adopted by the City of Vallejo in 1994 and was confirmed for that purpose in their general plan updates in 1999 and 2005. However, in 2002, Bechtel and Shell proposed building what would have been the first west coast Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) tanker terminal and a 1500 megawatt power plant on the site.

After an intense nine-month community debate for and against the project, that included the gathering of 11,000 signatures on a petition to the Vallejo City Council from Vallejo residents opposing the proposed project and the producing and airing of television ads both for and against the project, first Shell and then, Bechtel, withdrew their proposal.  After accepting their withdrawl, the Mayor appointed a Taskforce in February of 2003 to develop a plan for use of the property as parkland.

Learn about the future plans and how you can be a part of developing this newest of our regional parks by clicking on the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve Proposal Narrative.


Download the entire Taskforce recommendations submitted to the Vallejo City Council in December of 2007.

Based on the Taskforce Recommendations, the City Council appointed an Advisory Board in March 2008 to recommend a partner organization that would manage The Preserve in a cooperative agreement with the City and to develop a funding strategy.  Download their report that was accepted by the Vallejo City Council in September, 2008.


On july 7, 2010 Congressman George Miller and his staff along with National Park Service staff, Myrna Hayes and Brian Collett representing the Mare Island Heritage Trust and representatives of the Mare island Historic Park Foundation, Lennar Mare Island and the City of Vallejo boarded a National Park Service van for a tour of Mare Island properties requested for consideration by the National Park Service by Congressman Miller on behalf of the City of Vallejo. The Preserve and the adjacent former Ordnance Production Manufacturing Area were included in the City of Vallejo’s proposed National Park map boundaries.


The National Park Service spent the last few months evaluating these and other areas of Mare Island regarding  their merit for further consideration as a potential National Park unit. In mid March 2011 they sent a report to Congressman Miller explaining why they are not recommending that Mare Island be established as a unit of the National Park Service.


As we move forward with management of the Preserve we will continue to follow the guidance offered in the Regional Park Taskforce and Advisory Board recommendations in cooperation with the City of Vallejo.





 

Regional Park Taskforce Recommendations

  1. Multiple passive recreation uses

  2. Primarily pedestrian and bicycle access

  3. Serve Regional, State and National purpose

  4. Develop in phases as Navy completes environmental cleanup

  5. Respect existing historic, natural and scenic features

  6. Potential for tent and RV camping

  7. Employ innovation and sustainability for infrastructure

  8. Funded through variety of revenue sources from concessions to use fees

  9. Strive for self-sufficiency

A parkland realized

Diji Christian braves the cold at the 2007 Flyway Festival to talk with the public about plans for our regional park.