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Tilden Little Farm will be closed to the public between Oct. 2013 and Feb. 2014. Photo: EBRP

Update, April 18: EBRPD tells us there have been further delays and the expected re-opening of the Little Farm is end of May. Visit their website for updates.

Update, March 24, 2014: The Little Farm is still closed due to a sewer construction project. The projected timeline was five months, but there have been delays, we are told by East Bay Regional Park District. Also still closed are the Big Leaf picnic area and restroom, and the Indian Camp parking lot, picnic areas, and restroom. Completion is estimated for April 2014. EBRPD advises people to visit their website for updates on this and any other park and trail closures.

Original story: Major sewer construction work that is set to begin next month will see the Little Farm, nearby picnic areas and a playground closed to the public between Oct. 1, 2013 and Feb. 28, 2014.

The work aims to improve safety and efficiency in the maintenance and operation of the Tilden Nature Area, according to the park which posted a news alert on its website.

For the five months that work is under way, the following areas will be closed: Tilden Little Farm; Indian Camp parking lot, picnic areas, play structure, and restroom (pedestrians will have access through the Indian Camp parking lot); and Big Leaf picnic area and restroom. The Environmental Education Center (EEC) is expected to remain open to walk-in visitors Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and interpretive programs will continue during this period.

Some Tilden Nature Area trails may also be closed or have alternate access. Detour signs will be posted.

Work will include removal or abandonment of existing sewer holding tanks, installation of gravity sewers and manholes, installation of a sewer lift station and force main with associated electrical work and installation of a 9,000 gallon holding tank to be located near the base of Canon Drive, the park reports.

Funding for this project, which amounts to nearly $1 million, was raised by the Measure WW bond passed in 2008 by over 72% of the vote in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...