Fremont gets new park with panoramic views

A view of the city of Fremont from the new Vargas Plateau Regional Park in Fremont, Calif., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Fremont: New park with panoramic views unveiled

By Denis Cuff, @bayareanewsgroup.com

POSTED:   05/04/2016 12:56:24 PM PDT | UPDATED:   3 DAYS AGO

A view of the city of Fremont from the new Vargas Plateau Regional Park in Fremont, Calif., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)

FREMONT — The first new East Bay Regional park in six years opens Thursday in the hills between Fremont and Sunol with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, six new miles of trails, and places for future trail connections to several parks.

The $8 million Vargas Plateau Regional Park has 1,249 acres of rolling hills and wooded canyons on a 1,000-foot-elevation plateau with scenic places to hike, run, and ride mountain bikes and horses.

East Bay Regional Park District officials call their 66th park an environmental gem with kinder, less steep trails than nearby Mission Peak Regional Park.

“Vargas Plateau has spectacular views. You can see San Francisco Bay, the San Jose salt flats in one direction and the ridges in Sunol and Pleasanton to the east,” said Bob Doyle, the regional park district general manager. “It is a great place for whole families to ride mountain bikes because the trails are on gently rolling hills.”

As he toured the park Wednesday, a golden eagle soared above the undulating grasslands where cattle have grazed since the 1800s.
Vargas Plateau Park is not adjacent to other regional parks. However, the park district hopes to establish trails to connect Vargas Plateau with several other regional parks above Fremont, Newark, Pleasanton, Sunol, and Castro Valley — as well as a trail being considered through or above Niles Canyon.
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HOW TO GET THERE

To reach Vargas Plateau Regional Park, take the Vargas Road exit on Interstate 680 in Fremont and go north. Drive 1.6 miles to Morrison Canyon Road and turn right to reach the parking staging area. Car-pooling is recommended as there are only 25 parking spaces in the lot. There is no street parking in the area.

Admission is free. Hours are generally 8 a.m. to dark.

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