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Save Mount Diablo purchases Krane Pond property option in North Peak’s “Missing Mile”

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

The Krane Pond property is directly adjacent to Mount Diablo State Park and harbors a large pond that is essential for wildlife. Photo: Sean Burke

Save Mount Diablo has secured an option agreement to purchase the Krane Pond property, a 6.69-acre parcel directly adjacent to Clayton and Mount Diablo State Park. The property is part of the “Missing Mile,” a square mile of private land on the slopes of North Peak and Save Mount Diablo’s fourth acquisition project there. The Krane Pond property has been a priority for 50 years, includes a large spring-fed pond that is very important for wildlife, and is adjacent to Mount Diablo State Park. In addition, an on-site building pad, neighboring subdivision, and fragmented ranchette landscape nearby all indicate what might take place if the property isn’t protected.

Map of the location of the Krane Pond property in the “Missing Mile” on the north slopes of Mount Diablo’s North Peak. Source: Save Mount Diablo

The Krane family. Photo courtesy Roseann Krane

“Last May 2021, Walt passed away from leukemia. I thought that the best way to honor Walt’s memory and love of the outdoors, was having our open space preserved by Save Mount Diablo, and eventually be part of the state park system.”

The Krane Pond property is part of North Peak’s Young Canyon and is bordered by a small spur ridge. Its ecological significance eclipses its size. The property includes one of the largest ponds on the north side of Mount Diablo and is critically important for Mount Diablo’s wildlife. It can help sustain a multitude of species from ground squirrels to mountain lions and even rarer endangered species such as California red-legged frogs and Alameda whipsnakes.

The Krane Pond property. Photo: Scott Hein

Development has carved its way into Diablo’s foothills below the property’s border. Krane was threatened by Clayton’s Marsh Creek Specific Plan 30 years ago while a neighboring parcel was developed into the Oakwood Estates subdivision. Save Mount Diablo helped shrink the specific plan, and the county and Clayton’s Urban Limit Lines gained strength over the years. Krane is adjacent to the Clayton city limits but just outside the Urban Limit Line.

Had developers acquired this property, they would have graded the ridge and developed much of the acreage. Protecting this property halts development in its tracks, saving more of Mount Diablo’s open space.

Beginning in 1971 SMD’s co-founder, botanist Mary Bowerman, began creating acquisition priority lists based on her decades of research on the mountain. The Missing Mile properties, including Krane, were high on the list.

During the fundraising period for the $500,000, Save Mount Diablo will survey the property boundaries, which will be necessary for work on property fencing and dam repair. If fundraising is successful, initial stewardship will include fence repair and maintenance of the pond’s earthen dam.

Save Mt Diablo staff at the Krane Pond property. Photo – Scott Hein

Save Mount Diablo

Save Mount Diablo is a nationally accredited, nonprofit land trust founded in 1971 with a mission to preserve Mount Diablo’s peaks, surrounding foothills, watersheds, and connection to the Diablo Range through land acquisition and preservation strategies designed to protect the mountain’s natural beauty, biological diversity, and historic and agricultural heritage; enhance our area’s quality of life; and provide educational and recreational opportunities consistent with protection of natural resources. To learn more, please visit www.savemountdiablo.org.

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Open House for beginners indoor bocce league at Contra Costa Event Park Sunday, Nov. 6

Friday, November 4th, 2022

You don’t have to be molto bene to join the “Wine and Cheese League”

By Anthony Kennerly, President, CCIBA

Hello East Bay Residents!

What kind of fun activities do you do in the wintertime?  How about considering playing indoor bocce with friends, family and other residents of the east bay!

The Contra Costa Indoor Bocce Association, now in its 31st year offering indoor winter bocce league play, is offering a brand-new beginner league. We call it the Wine and Cheese League, meant to inspire thoughts of a relaxing, fun and social experience while learning how to play the game of bocce ball. This league is perfect for folks who have never played before and those who want non-competitive players. The Association Board Members will be providing instruction to the new players when the season begins to help guide players to further enjoy the game.

The Association is hosting an Open House for newcomers on November 6th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Indoor Bocce Courts located at the Contra Costa Event Park (fairgrounds) in Antioch. We invite you to come by and try bocce ball and consider signing up for the new season. The Association will help form teams for individuals that sign up or you can put together a team of family and friends (6-10 players) and register. The registration fee is $175 per team formed and the deadline to sign up is November 12th.

Access to the bocce building uses the same side O Street entrance as Paradise Skate (follow the signs) at the Contra Costa Event Park. For more information email us at: contracostaindoorbocce@gmail.com.

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Grace Arms of Antioch’s Midnight Basketball League continues tonight

Friday, October 28th, 2022

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Free golf, food, prizes for veterans at Brentwood Golf Club Friday, Nov. 11

Friday, October 28th, 2022

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EB Parks: Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley Sunday

Friday, October 14th, 2022

 

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Annual Free Kids Fishing Derby in Antioch Saturday, Oct. 8

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

The annual Free Kids Fishing Derby is held annually at the Waldie Plaza and public Uril E. “Compy” Compomizzo Fishing Pier providing kids and families with some old-fashioned fun.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 9AM – 12PM.

The derby is held in the memory of Antioch resident “Compy” Compomizzo who inspired the mission statement Get Kids Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs or Gangs.

Participants have a chance to fish using tackle that is partially furnished by derby sponsors and partially provided by the club. Club members who are experienced fishermen provide coaching and fishing tips for many kids who are totally unfamiliar with fishing, the water, and the outdoors. Other club members clean and bag caught fish so kids can take their catch home for cooking. Kids learn the fun of fishing as well as the value of our resources and of nature in general.

Kids do not need their own fishing pole – there will be fishing poles to borrow.

This event is made possible through the great partnership between the City of Antioch Parks & Recreation Department and the California Striped Bass Association, West Delta Chapter.

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Take a tour of the Vasco Caves Regional Preserve in October

Friday, September 30th, 2022

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Register today for Zumba with Karina August 1 -29

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

Sign up today if you are looking for some good music and a great total body workout. To register click here.

Presented by City of Antioch Recreation Department

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