The Martinez Regional Shoreline, located at the north end of Martinez gives residents and visitors a chance to play and relax in a variety of ways. I have always found it relaxing to walk the trails of the western end of the park where the marsh is interlaced with easy walking trails that have benches dotted along the side.
My favorite parking spot is at the end of Berrelsea on the right where there is a bridge back to the train station and easy access to the trails leading near the water. This is a peaceful space where nature is the focus.
It’s a picturesque location, so finding a photographer out along the trail is not unusual. One day there was a photographer capturing a cheerleader at the water’s edge. Another day there was a woman peering into the creek and shooting something in the water. There are arched bridges and a great view of the Benicia – Martinez Bridge as well as a boat that is capsized and deteriorating in the ebb and flow of the tide.
Further east there is a much larger parking area and a grassy picnic spot where the ducks and geese entertain visitors. Views of the marina are better from this side of the park and there are also bocce ball courts, soccer fields and baseball diamonds, which are named for Martinez native Joe Dimaggio, who played for the New York Yankees during his baseball career.
Fishing is also allowed here, with a license you can obtain from the bait shop at the marina if you are 16 or older. The bait shop is, not surprisingly located in the marina area. Take Ferry Street across the train tracks to reach the east end of the park and the marina.
By the way, there is no fee for dogs but they are not allowed in all areas of the park. Please keep them leashed (6 ft. maximum) and cleanup after them if you decide to bring them along for the day.
Rest and relax this summer with a breezy day at the waterfront. Bring a camera and a picnic and maybe I’ll see you there.