CESP Accomplishments

  • Acres Protected - 1800
  • Miles of Shoreline Park Created - 8.5
  • Years of leadership - 34
  • Park named after CESP Co-Founder Sylvia McLaughlin - 2012

Bay Nature: How the Eastshore State Park Became a Park for the People

Bay Nature article from 2017 celebrates the history of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. Click here to read the article.


Click here to download or order the complete history of the Citizens for East Shore Parks and the founding of the Eastshore State Park.

Our Mission

The mission of Citizens for East Shore Parks (CESP) is to create a necklace of shoreline parks from the Oakland Estuary to the Carquinez Strait.

CESP works to conserve natural resources and wildlife habitat and to secure public access to shoreline open space along our magnificent East Bay shoreline.

Our Resilient Shoreline Program addressing sea rise and the effects of climate change is a natural extension of our mission.

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CESP comments on Richmond’s Campus Bay Mixed-Use project

The Community Plan for Point Molate

Our Programs

The event was sponsored by California State Parks Foundation and presented by PG&E. Our community partner, The Watershed Project, led a coastal cleanup. Additional partners were Clif Bar Family Foundation, East Bay Regional Park District, and the City of Albany. Thank you to all and to the 300 attendees who assisted with cleanup and sea rise event.

Special appreciation to:

GROUNDWORKS Office, a Berkeley based landscape architecture and urban design firm, for the powerful image simulation of the “new” Albany shoreline.

Our rousing speakers included:

Albany Mayor Peggy McQuaid;

State Senator Nancy Skinner;

Kathy Kay, PG&E VP Business Technology;

Shirley Dean, CESP President;

Jeremy Lowe, Lead Scientist at SF Estuary Institute;

Josh Bradt, SF Estuary Partnership;

The Watershed Project; and

Robert Cheasty, CESP Executive Director