Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton to reopen

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A park in the East Bay that's popular with swimmers will reopen Wednesday.

Shadow Cliffs Lake in Pleasanton had been closed since last week due to dangerous levels of E.coli. Hal MacLean with East Bay Regional Parks says it's a problem created in part by the drought, because the dead grass is no longer inviting for all the geese.

"The grass is brown," he said. "Right now we're not watering the lawns, so that's an area where the geese would normally congregate. Now the geese are congregating at the beaches. And so goose feces and low water quality is an issue."

New water tests found the levels have dropped significantly.

In the meantime, Oakland's Lake Temescal remains closed to swimmers due to a buildup of toxic blue-green algae in the water.

For a full list of parks with swimming facilities, click here.

Alternatives to Lake Temescal

1. Lake Anza at Tilden Regional Park
Lake Anza Road
off of Central Park Drive
Berkeley, CA 94708

2. Roberts Pool at Roberts Regional Recreation Area
10570 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

Alternatives to Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

1. Castle Rock Recreation Area
1700 Castle Rock Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

2. Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area
2100 Isherwood Way
Fremont, CA 94536

3. Del Valle Regional Park
7000 Del Valle Road
Livermore, CA 94550

4. Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area
18870 Cull Canyon Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(between Heyer Ave. & Columbia Dr.)
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