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SAN JOAQUIN, CA-The East Bay Regional Park District will pay $1.7 million for 276 acres of agricultural land in eastern Contra Costa County that will provide the Bay Area with improved access to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

At the board of directors meeting on Tuesday, district officials unanimously approved the acquisition of the land located in the Orwood Track area just north of the Discovery Bay community.

“The park district’s master plan is to acquire Delta access for public recreation purposes, so this action fits that goal perfectly,” park district spokesman Ned MacKay says.”The land will be preserved as open space for public recreation since the population is growing in that area.”

The park district is purchasing the land from the Fallman Trust for $1.2 million. The trust leases the land year-to-year to a farming company. MacKay says that for the foreseeable future, the district would continue the lease and collect revenues on the crops until it can find a source of funds to operate and maintain the land as a public park.?

“We do not have sufficient funds to develop it right away,” adds MacKay, who emphasized that it would be several years before the island property is transformed into a park.

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