Party With V-O-Cal! Join your V-O-Cal friends for a get together to celebrate getting started with a brand new project season.
It's time, yet again, to prepare for the 2023 VOCal Season! Woop woop! It takes a fair amount of effort to make sure that all those tools are in good shape to last through the project season, and the annual O'Tool Day is all about sharpening, cleaning, and repairing everything we need for a successful season. Please join us for our 2023 O'Tool Day to enjoy some St Patty's Day goodies while we do all we can to get ready for the upcoming season. Due to the date of the first project of the year we will be doing O'Toole Day a wee early this year.
East Bay Regional Park District’s 3,314-acre Anthony Chabot Regional Park has miles of beautiful hiking, riding, and bicycling trails through grasslands, chaparral, and shady eucalyptus groves, and along the shore of Lake Chabot. V-O-Cal heads to the East Bay in October for a project at Anthony Chabot Regional Park. We will reroute a section of the Towhee Trail, which currently goes through the park's corporation yard and passes through dumpsters and heavy equipment.
This year is also the 20th Anniversary of the East Bay Hills Benefit, a hiking or horse back riding overnight adventure that takes participants through many of the great East Bay trails. It is also a fundraiser for V-O-Cal and other related groups. This event will be held August 31 - Sept 5. Because volunteers like you have helped provide a quality experience for our riders and hikers, we have been able to raise over $360,000 over the past 20 years to support trail building and volunteer trail work programs like V-O-Cal.
We are headed back to San Francisco on July 9! This project will be limited to 50 participants, so be sure to sign up early.
We will make much needed improvements to the existing Sanborn Trail. The work will involve building steps and small retaining walls using rocks sourced on site, making minor reroutes to the trail alignment, widening the tread where needed, and obliterating a well-established social trail.
The Painted Rock property is special. Its name derives from large rocks overlooking Moraga that have been happily painted for decades by local students. Its significance for trails, however, is new! When the John Muir Land Trust began a campaign to acquire this property from its private owner, JMLT was overwhelmed by hundreds (literally!) of donations from the local community. Now permanently preserved as open space, Painted Rock will open 505 acres of beautiful hill and valleys for public enjoyment. The property will also provide connectivity to trails reaching into more than 15,000 acres of pristine protected land.
Napa County has always been a great venue for V-O-Cal projects, and we are delighted to start our restart in Napa at Moore Creek. We will be extending our previous work by building a new section of the Madrone Trail. Technical challenges and a beautiful wood are features of this project. Mark your calendars for April 15-17 to be a part of this first post-COVID project.