Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline (RMRS) is a regional park on the coast of the Carquinez Strait of Martinez, situated in northern Contra Costa County , California. Formerly known as the Martinez Regional Shoreline, it was renamed on 6 December 2016 in honor of the late Ted Radke and his late wife Kathy Radke.
On 6 December 2016, the Park District Board of Directors changed Martinez Regional Shoreline to Ted and Kathy Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline in honor of Ted Radke and his wife, Kathy. Ted Radke served on the Park District Board from 1978 to 2014 and was instrumental in protecting the waterfront of Martinez, increasing funding for land acquisition and partnering with lawmakers to preserve the environment. Kathy Radke worked to save Mt. Wanda from creation, preserved Franklin Hills as an open space, and co-founded the Contra Costa Ecology Action Education Institute with her husband.
The shoreline park provides a range of opportunities to tourists. There are clusters of picnic areas, baseball fields, bocce ball courts and soccer fields in the eastern part of the park, managed by the City of Martinez. The district runs the western portion with its peaceful open lawns, small family picnic areas, wetlands and creeks. Almost three miles of trails provide quiet walks across the wetlands and along the shoreline.
The park occupies 343 acres (1.39 km2) and is part of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) system. In the eastern portion of the park there are picnic areas, softball fields, bocce ball courts and soccer fields. In the western portion there are open lawns, small family picnic areas, ponds and creeks, and 3 miles (4.8 km) of trails across the marsh and along the coast.
The 500-mile (800 km) long San Francisco Bay Trail passes through the park. Carquinez Regional Shoreline continues west along Carquinez Strait, across Port Costa to Crockett and Crockett Hills Regional Park.
This peaceful area of the park is shifting with the seasons. Its people are coming and going, and there are slight shifts in color and mood. Enjoy this experience individually along the Pickleweed Trail, or, if accessible, walk with others on a naturalistic-led excursion. Dogs are not permitted to enter the marsh.
During the riding season (May-September) the horse arena provides competition for young riders. Membership in the Tri-Cities Horsemen 's Association is available in the categories Family, Single and Junior. Membership is open to everyone, and ownership of horses is not required.
If you are 16 years of age or older, a California state fishing license and stamps are required to fish from shore. Fishing in the Carquinez Strait provides striped bass, sturgeon, shark, some flounder and catfish. Licenses are available at the bait shop in the marina. No fishing permit for the Park District is necessary. Martinez Marina has a ship repair yard and a fuel dock, a bait store, a restaurant and a pub, operated by the City of Martinez.
To get to the park
From Highway 4 in Martinez, exit onto Alhambra Avenue and go north. Turn right onto Escobar and left onto Ferry St. Turn right onto Joe DiMaggio Way and then follow the road to the left as it turns into N. Court St. The main parking lot will be on the left immediately.
From I-680 in Martinez, exit at Marina Vista and head west. Turn right onto Ferry St. Then, across the railroad tracks, turn right onto Joe DiMaggio Way and follow the road to the left as it turns into N. Court St. The main parking lot will be on the left immediately.
This amazing landmark is just one of the many must-see sights you don’t want to miss in Martinez, California:
John Muir National Historic Site
Briones Regional Park
Hidden Lakes Park
All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short distance from our location located at 111 Arthur Road in the Vine Hill neighborhood of Martinez! Stop by for a visit anytime!