Alameda-Tesla Plan


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Project Management

The California Department of Parks and Recreation, Strategic Planning and Recreation Services Division with support from a consultant team led by PlaceWorks.

The California State Parks & Recreation Commission will provide final approval for both the Phase I Classification work and the Phase II General Plan and EIR.  

Community Participation

Everyone is welcome to participate in the workshops, surveys, and other activities planned.  You can send feedback or questions via email to at any time.

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Project-Specific Questions

This project is anticipated to take three to five years to complete. The Phase I Classification portion of the project will take about a year, and the Phase II General Plan and EIR will begin after Phase I is approved. 

In 2021, SB 155 (PRC sec. 5090.42) authorized planning work to determine the best use of the Alameda-Tesla property. This project will determine the best classification for the property and result in a general plan that will define the park’s primary purpose and establish a management direction for the park’s future.

More than two decades ago, State Parks acquired the Alameda- Tesla Property with the intent of expanding the adjacent Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area.  After challenges to this plan, and specified that the property shall not be designated as a state vehicular recreation area or be considered for any future expansion of off-highway vehicle recreation.  

The Alameda Tesla Classification and General Plan Project now underway includes work to classify and name the property as a new park within the State Parks system, followed by development of a General Plan and environmental impact report for the new park. Together, these two planning efforts will determine the best use of the land and guide future management and use of the site.

After legal challenges, the draft document has been set aside. State Parks is currently embarking on new General Plan effort for the Carnegie SVRA that does not include the Tesla-Alameda property.  To learn more about the Carnegie SVRA General Plan project, visit the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area General Plan Update website.

No. SB 155 (PRC sec. 5090.42) specifies that the property shall not be designated as a state vehicular recreation area or be considered for any future expansion of off-highway vehicle recreation.

Management of the Alameda-Tesla Property currently consists of routine maintenance activities such as road grading, fire suppression, erosion control, and spot-control of invasive plant and animal species. Known occurrences of special-status species, such as California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander, are monitored and appropriate controls implemented to avoid inadvertent take as part of on-going management activities. Once the General Plan is complete, State Parks will work to develop a comprehensive management plan for the property.

Much of the information comes from surveys and observations that were conducted as part of the work that went into the 2016 Carnegie Draft General Plan. This includes mapping of vegetative cover and regulated waters, conduct of avian and other wildlife surveys, habitat assessments for special-status species, and systematic surveys for special-status plants, amphibians, and mammals.  Additional information comes from ongoing monitoring programs carried out by State Parks natural resources staff, partner organizations such as USGS, and focal surveys by consulting specialists.

Yes, additional surveys are underway or planned to further confirm existing natural resources on the Alameda-Tesla property. State Parks natural resources staff continue to conduct annual surveys for avian species, amphibian dip net surveys, and wildlife camera station monitoring.  State Parks has also authorized conduct of updated vegetation classification and mapping, systematic surveys for special-status plants, and special-status bird and mammal surveys, among other survey and mapping efforts. 

Additional surveys may be conducted if the project team determines they are needed as the project progresses.