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Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline (RMRS) is located in the northern Contra Costa county of California, on the shores of Carquinez Street in Martinez. 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.

Ted Radke served on the Board of Directors of Park District from 1978 to 2014, played an important part in protecting the Martinez river, increasing land acquisition support and collaboration with environmental lawmakers. Kathy Radke has worked to prevent development for Mt. Vanda, to keep Franklin Hills open and was, together with her husband, a co-founder of the Institute for Education in Contra Costa Ecology.

A variety of activities can be experienced in the shoreline park. Throughout the eastern section of the park, run by the city of Martinez, there are community picnic areas, baseball courts, bocce ball courts and soccer fields. The west portion of the district operates with its empty open fields, small family picnic areas, and swamps and rivers. Nearly 3 miles of paths deliver quiet promenades in the marsh and along the shore.

The park covers 343 acres (1,39 km2) and is part of the Eastern Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) system. There are groups of picnic areas, softball fields, bocce ball courts and soccer fields in the eastern section of the park. In the western section there are open lawns, small family picnic areas, ponds and creeks, and 3 miles (4.8 km) of trails through 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, through Port Costa to Crockett and Crockett Hills Regional Park.

The marsh area of the park changes with the seasons. Its residents are coming and going, and there are subtle changes in color and mood. Enjoy this experience independently along the Pickleweed Trail, or, if available, walk with others on a naturalistic-led excursion. Dogs are not allowed to enter the marsh.

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 offers 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 required. Martinez Marina has a ship repair yard and a fuel dock, a bait shop, a restaurant and a bar, run by the City of Martinez. Dogs are not allowed in the duck pond area, marsh area or other inland areas of the Martinez Regional Shoreline. Dogs must be leached (maximum six feet) and under control in the parking areas. Dangerous animals are not permitted in the parks. Please pick up your dog.

To reach 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.

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By Geraoma – Own work, Public Domain,

This amazing landmark in Martinez, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:

  • John Muir National Historic Site
  • Carquinez Strait
  • Mount Wanda
  • Benicia-Martinez Bridge
  • Briones Regional Park 
  • Hidden Lakes Park 
  • Rankin Park
  • Waterfront Park

All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1091 Shary Circle in Concord, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!