NOT FOR LONG: New signs will be put up soon after the 130-acre Willow Park Golf Course in Castro Valley was renamed Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course last week.
Directors of the East Bay Regional Park District voted unanimously last week to rename the golf course at Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley. The former Willow Park Golf Course is now the Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course.
“The community has been looking forward to this,” said Board member Dennis Waespi of Castro Valley, whose district includes the picturesque 130-acre golf course near Lake Chabot. “It’s not the end of the process, but it’s a very good start. We’re looking forward to a bright future for the golf course and event center in Castro Valley.”
The name change was the result of a settlement agreement between the Park District and the former operators of Willow Park, whose 50-year lease expired last November. As part of the settlement, the District agreed to rename the course by April 1.
District staff and board members considered several names but chose Redwood Canyon because the course lies at the southern end of Redwood Canyon, which was once home to thousands of old-growth redwood trees before they were logged in the 1800s. Large, lush forests of second-growth redwoods now thrive in the northern end of the 10-mile canyon.
The Park District has planted dozens of redwoods in the golf course area and intends to plant more, in an effort to bring the majestic trees back to the Castro Valley hills. One of the Bay Area’s most scenic courses, Redwood Canyon is already home to oaks, willows and a vibrant array of wildlife. San Leandro Creek runs through the middle of the course.In addition to the course, Redwood Canyon includes a pro shop, bar and restaurant, and event center. Julie Ferrantino has returned as the Food and Beverage Manager.
The Park District expects to make numerous upgrades at the facility over the next year, including replacing the roof at the clubhouse, repairing the sewer system, renovating the bathrooms, and repaving the driveway and parking lot, among other projects.