San Pablo – Montalvin Manor
Nearly surrounded by the city of Richmond, San Pablo is tucked between the northern end of the Berkeley Hills and San Pablo Bay. There are several communities to the north of the city which have San Pablo mailing addresses, these include Tara Hills, Bayview and Montalvin. Accessible by Interstate 80, it connects to Oakland International Airport 23 miles away, or San Francisco International 24 miles away. San Pablo is served by AC Transit, which connects to BART. Top employers include UPS, Contra Costa College and SP Lytton Casino.
San Pablo calls itself “the City of New Directions”, and is committed to bringing the community together by hosting various events in Old Town, Contra Costa College and the San Pablo Reservoir. Favorite events include the Starlight Martini Dinner Dance, the annual Fourth of July fireworks show, the Food and Wine Festival, and summertime movies in the park. The city’s Spanish-style Civic Center is spacious and features a large plaza and the beautiful Maple Hall Community Center. The San Pablo Art Gallery was opened with city funding and various art shows grace the museum. For museum updates, call (510) 215-3210. San Pablo is fortunate to have a Community Foundation which focuses exclusively on enhancing community support systems that directly benefit residents through healthcare, music, education, anti-violence efforts, elder abuse education and reform, living skills and several other specific community services.
Diversity is cherished and welcomed in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. There are six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools in San Pablo. Contra Costa College is also a great community resource.
Parks and Recreation
Committed to developing engaging educational and recreational opportunities and special events, residents especially enjoy the annual 4th of July fireworks show and summer movies in the park. Davis Park, located at 17th & Folsom Streets in San Pablo, is perfect for a stroll, a picnic, or a game of baseball. The park is also the site of the Senior Drop-In Center, (510) 215-3094. San Pablo Reservoir lies a few miles up San Pablo Dam Road. The reservoir is stocked with trout and bass to offer the best fishing in the local area. Boat rental and launching is available, as well as picnicking and hiking. Wanlass Park Project area is located on San Pablo Avenue near the north end of town. Previously private property, the city invested into the purchase of the 2.5 acre site to create more green space for the community. Wildcat Canyon Regional Park is situated along San Pablo Ridge offering breathtaking views of the San Francisco Peninsula, Marin County, East County and the San Francisco Bay. Paths lead down and through the Canyon into Berkeley’s Tilden Park. Kennedy Grove is a large, secluded area located one-half a mile down from San Pablo Reservoir on San Pablo Dam Road and is open to the public year-round. The Grove offers lush, grassy fields and picnic areas surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees and areas