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Trail Maintenance Volunteers

In order to provide for visitor safety and to protect parkland resources, the Park District staff and trail volunteers provide a much-needed source of labor to repair and enhance existing trails and construct new narrow trails.Trail maintenance projects at various Regional Parks include helping with pruning, erosion control, post installation, trail improvements, and new trail construction.A great way to see the parks!

Download > Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program, Spring 2014 Newsletter (2.8 MB, PDF)

Trail Maintenance Projects - 2014

2014 Ivan Dickson Trail Maintenance Program Event Schedule
If you have any questions about any of the programs, please call (510) 544-2631.
May 17-18
California Trail Days
Anthony Chabot Regional Park
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
June 14
National Trails Day
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Event Cancelled
July 12
Ivan Dickson Multi-Cultural Event
Garin Regional Park
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Sign-Up closed
August 16
Ivan DicksonTrail Day
Redwood Regional Park
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Sign-Up closed
September 27
National Public Lands Day
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Sign-Up closed
November 1
Bay Area Ridge Trail Service Day
Sibley Regional Preserve

How to Volunteer?

If you wish to help with a particular project, you may Register Online or by calling the numbers listed in the schedule above at least three days prior to the event.If you have additional questions please call (510) 544-2631.

Youth under 18 years of age must bring a parent or other parent-designated adult over 18 yrs.old to work with on the trail projects.If there is a group of youth under age 18, one adult supervisor per five youth is required.

Regional Trails staff will assign participants to work teams supervised by EBRPD crew leaders.The work teams will break out into groups throughout the site.Trail workdays continue until about 12:30 or 1:00 p.m. Everyone then reunites for lunch and a wrap-up.

Be prepared for changing weather! Dress in layers and have appropriate clothing for light rain or to protect against full exposure to sun.Bring work gloves and wear sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and long-sleeved T-shirts.Bring drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat that will protect your ears and neck.If your sensitivity to poison oak is high, bring an extra change of clothes and shoes, and a plastic bag to take away your exposed or soiled work clothes.Irritants may include ticks, mosquitos, sunburn, and blisters.Special precautions for preventing poison oak exposure and reducing irritants will be explained on site.

Storm conditions or heavy rain will cancel events.To check for cancellation, call (510) 544-2631, on the morning of the event.

To volunteer, or for more information on the trail maintenance projects, contact:East Bay Regional Park District, Regional Trails Department, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, P.O. Box 5381, Oakland, CA 94605-0381 or call (510) 544-2631.

If you would like to receive our bi-annual Ivan Dickson Volunteer Maintenance Program Newsletter, please call (510)544-2631 and leave the correct spelling of your name and mailing address.

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Why Be a Trail Volunteer?

If you like to hike, bike, or ride and enjoy well maintained trails, think about becoming a trail maintenance volunteer.

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) manages more than 114,000 acres of land in 65 parks, and maintains 1,200 miles of trails.Maintenance and rehabilitation of the existing trails is an ongoing process (similar to repairing potholes on public roadways) and is required due to public use, annual vegetation growth, and other forces of nature, particularly from erosion caused by the flow of water over and adjacent to trails.

In order to provide for visitor safety and to protect parkland resources, EBRPD staff and volunteers provide a much-needed source of labor to repair and enhance existing trails and construct new narrow trails.In turn, the public learns concepts of land stewardship and resource conservation while giving back to the trails system they enjoy.

Typical tasks for the volunteers include installation of drainage structures, pruning, trail tread maintenance, and installation of special trail structures such as retaining walls, bridges, and causeways.

Volunteers use a variety of hand tools under the instruction of EBRPD staff.Participants can include anyone in good physical condition:children (10 years and older), teens, adults, and seniors.

Earn Respect, Credit and Appreciation for Community Service

In addition to interested individuals, trail maintenance volunteers come from schools, churches, Scout groups, corporate partnerships, public agencies, and various trail user organizations.

  • Students can earn four community service hours per event.
  • Girl Scouts have earned credit toward the Backpacking Merit Badge and the Eco-Action Merit Badge.

If you are interested, give us a call!

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Ivan Dickson Trail Maintenance Program


Drawing of Ivan DicksonIvan Dickson was a member of the Berkeley Hiking Club since 1920 and was an active hiker well into his eighties.For more than 60 years, Ivan Dickson spent his free time hiking the trails of the East Bay Regional Park District.

When Mr. Dickson died in February 1993, at the age of 95, he left both a request and bequest to the East Bay Regional Park District to "take good care" of the trails that meant so much to him.In order to honor Ivan's desire for trails to be well maintained, the District created a unique program for trail maintenance (current projects).The funds from his bequest are managed like an endowment, with the interest generated being used to sponsor and support volunteer maintenance projects throughout the Park District's extensive trail system.The funds are allocated for materials, supplies, hand tools, food, and acknowledgments for the volunteers.By leveraging these funds for long-term growth, and by involving the public in a partnership dedicated to the preservation of trail resources through volunteer efforts, a perpetual trail maintenance program has been established to accommodate future generations of trail volunteers.

Since 1996, the Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program has managed 121 trail projects with 6,036 volunteers contributing 25,431 hours of volunteer labor.

How to Participate

Choose a Saturday date from the calendar of trail projects and mark your own calendar.Three to four weeks prior to the project, call the Park District's recorded line (510) 544-2631 and request a flier for the specific date.Or you can register your name and phone number now by emailing flier you receive will include project specifics such as meeting place and time, project description, and any other special information.We ask that you register up to three days prior to the event.If you have particular questions, the recorded line will refer you to District staff.

Trail Maintenance Fund

Join us in building a Trail Maintenance Fund.Our goal is to build the Ivan Dickson Trail Maintenance Fund to $5,000,000!By doing so, we can guarantee a perpetual trail maintenance program for future generations.Financial contributions are tax-deductible and can be made to:EBRPD-Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program Fund, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605.

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Make a Donation to Trail Maintenance Projects

If your company or organization has a special item to donate to our program, please let us know!Donations of lunch items, trail-related goods, and items of appreciation for volunteers are welcomed and are tax deductible.