Fremont – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Fremont Mayor Lily Mei and cycling and natural science advocates marked the progress of the Sabercat Bridge Bike and Pedestrian Trail project and plans to build an Interpretive Center to educate the public about the paleontological history of the area at a press conference this morning.
Senator Wieckowski secured $5.7 million in this year’s state budget to help move the project forward in the planning, environmental clearance and design phases. The Sabercat Bridge and Trail will build a landmark bicycle and pedestrian gateway in the City of Fremont. The trail will cross over I-680 currently dividing the Irvington District, East Bay Greenway and planned Irvington BART station from the Sabercat Historical Park, Ohlone College and Fremont hills.
The Sabercat Trail runs through a former paleontological dig site, where thousands of fossil specimens have been collected, including saber-tooth cats, wolves and cave bears.
At Tuesday’s press conference, Wieckowski, Mayor Mei, Public Works Director Hans Larsen, Math/Science Nucleus President Joyce Blueford and Bike East Bay Advocacy Director Dave Campbell highlighted the benefits of the project.
“The trail, the Interpretive Center and the increased connectivity of Fremont’s trail systems will benefit Fremont residents and generations to come,” Wieckowski said. “It will increase our community’s awareness of the great history of the area. With Mission San Jose, The Irvingtonian Age and the Ohlone tribe, we are fortunate to live in such an historic city.”
Late last year, the Fremont City Council approved a resolution to become eligible to receive the funds from the California State Natural Resources Agency.
In the late 1940s, a group of boys who became known as the “Boy Paleontologists” helped uncover one of the largest fossil sites in North America along what is now Sabercat Historical Park.
Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.