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Madera Hillside Natural Area Property
El Cerrito Open Space Campaign
A group of dedicated volunteers, consisting of members of the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, the El Cerrito High School Mountain Bike Club, Friends of Five Creeks and others, have formed the El Cerrito Open Space Campaign to raise funds to help the City purchase the 8-acre Madera Hillside Open Space property (marked in red on the map below) adjacent to the Hillside Natural Area.

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Hillside Natural Area map
In early 2013, residents learned and brought to the City’s attention that a privately owned, undeveloped approximately 8-acre property (Property) adjacent to the City's Hillside Natural Area was going to be listed for sale. The property provides a unique opportunity to connect Hillside Natural Area North to Hillside Natural Area South. This connection fulfills a goal in the City’s Circulation Plan for Bicyclists and Pedestrians (adopted in 2007) "to improve access, connectivity and promote walking in hillside neighborhoods and across the City."

The Hillside Natural Area (HNA) is approximately 85-acres of City-owned open space that has extensive native plants, oak woodland and riparian environments as well as a number of trails that are used for recreation and emergency access and. The Hillside Natural Area is identified as a Community-Serving Park and Recreation facility in the City’s General Plan.

On July 16, 2013, the El Cerrito City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a Purchase and Sale Agreement and a Professional Services Agreement with the Trust for Public Land for the acquisition of approximately 7.6 acres of open space property adjacent to the Hillside Natural Area  (APN 505-142-014, -012 and -013) for conservation and recreation purposes and for acquisition related and fundraising assistance.

TPL purchased the property in late August 2013 and will hold the property until December 17, 2014 to allow time for public grant and private fundraising to take place on behalf of the City.

For more information about the El Cerrito Open Space Fund, visit the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers website or contact Melanie Mintz, Interim Community Development Director at 510-215-4339.

The Trust for Public Land ("TPL") is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization. Visit them online at

The El Cerrito Trail Trekkers are a local group working to identify, improve and document the paths of El Cerrito for the enjoyment and increased safety of the community.