The East Bay Regional Park District is dedicating one project on the Richmond shoreline and has embarked on another.
The completed project is the Wildcat Marsh Trail, which will be welcomed with a free public program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
The new section of trail, a project funded by regional Measures AA and CC, the Coastal Conservancy and the San Francisco Bay Trail, joins the Wildcat Creek Regional Trail staging area with the four-mile Landfill Loop Trail that opened last year. The addition has views of San Pablo Bay and tidal wetlands at the mouths of Wildcat and San Pablo creeks, so come prepared to hike or bike and bring binoculars to watch all the birds.
The dedication ceremony will be followed by refreshments, a hike led by a naturalist, and for children, hands-on activities and free bicycle helmets in honor of Trail Safety Month.
To get to the trail, go to Richmond Parkway and look for the sign at the entrance just after Pittsburg Avenue.
"About 100 trucks per day will operate weekdays from 7 a.m.
The dirt is coming from the Brickyard area in Eastshore State Park and will be brought to Point Pinole through its current entrance as part of the creation of a new entrance.
While the park will remain open, some trails will be closed at times when trucks are present. Shuttle service to and from the pier will operate as usual.
The fill dirt is being placed for a planned bridge over the railroad tracks. Actual bridge construction is anticipated next year for the new entrance and parking area at Atlas Road, which the park district says will mean better access.
The vehicle/pedestrian bridge, which will connect to the Bay Trail, will be ADA compliant.
Rescue MISSION SEEKS A hand: The Bay Area Rescue Mission, faced with decreased donations and rising expenses, is reporting that it has had to lay off five employees and is issuing a call for assistance.
The mission on Macdonald Avenue, the last resort and hope for many who need to straighten out their lives, is more than $120,000 in arrears for costs such as utilities, food and emergency repairs.
These costs are coupled with a drop in donations of more than 10 percent for the past three months.
"Some of us have voluntarily taken cuts in pay and deferred salary until the Rescue Mission can afford to make up wages," writes the Rev. John Anderson, its executive director.
For details on how to help, visit www.bayarearescue.org or call 510-215-4555.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: The Left Coast Gospel Festival will have a full day of uplifting music with recording artist Troy Sneed as special guest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.
The festival, being held "to bring awareness and action to the violence in our community," features a lineup that includes the St. John Missionary Baptist Church choir, the Allen Temple Choir, Men of Endurance, Love Angels, April Wright-Hickerson, Marvin Webb, Eugene Cole, Derrick Hall, R.E.I.G.N., Emmit Powell and the Gospel Elites and Dorothy "Oh Happy Day" Morrison.
For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/262722.
Online balloting is open now through Sept. 24 at www.ktvu.com/news/coxconserves_bayarea/ and the winner will be announced Oct. 11.
The program offers tutoring, a computer tech center, mentoring, activities, and arts and crafts.
Tickets for the drawing, which features a grand prize of a seven-night Caribbean or Mexican cruise for two on Holland America, are $5 each or five for $20.
For details or tickets, call 510-223-5253 or visit www.bgcelsobrante.org.