Horse racing fans and hikers alike will soon be able to enjoy new access to the San Francisco Bay along a one-mile stretch of East Bay shoreline behind the iconic horse racing venue Golden Gate Fields.

The area will be transformed, by the end of next year, into a trail that connects to the San Francisco Bay Trail, according to the East Bay Regional Park District.

The segment between Buchanan and Gilman streets is the one of the largest remaining gaps in the East Bay of the planned 500-mile trail.

Like most views along the trail, it will offer great sunsets. But this segment also offers some of the best views around of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais and of course, the Bay.

The trail segment will be constructed on a 5-acre easement donated by Golden Gate Fields to the East Bay Regional Park District in 2016.

The construction is expected to take 15 months and finish in December 2019.

As part of the same project, the park district is undertaking habitat restoration at Albany Beach, which is expected to be closed for five months during construction.

More than 350 miles of the planned 500-mile walking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay are in place. The trail runs through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, and across the region’s seven toll bridges.

When completed, the Bay Trail will create connections between more than 130 parks and publicly accessible open space areas around San Francisco and San Pablo bays.

More information about the trail is available at

Story originally published by Bay City News.