The East Bay Regional Park District board of directors has voted to rename the golf course at Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley to Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course.
"The community has been looking forward to this," said board member Dennis Waespi, whose district includes the picturesque 130-acre golf course near Lake Chabot. "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 in November. As part of the settlement, the district agreed to rename the course.
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.
The interim operator of the golf course is Touchstone Golf LLC of Berkeley. In addition to the course, Redwood Canyon includes a pro shop, bar and restaurant, and event center. The Park District hopes to make n