Mare Island Heritage Trust
What We Do:
We are an all-volunteer group, and it takes a host of individuals, non-profit groups, agencies, local and regional businesses, corporations and foundations working together to realize the reuse of abandoned military property like this site as parkland.
Who We Are:
The Mare Island Heritage Trust was established to create and manage The Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, a 215-acre park located at the south end of Mare Island on land that formerly served as the U.S. Navy's first Naval Ammunition Depot, founded in 1857. Until we opened it for regularly scheduled access in April 2008, the land was off-limits to the public due to past sensitive Navy munitions production and storage operations and more recent environmental cleanup. We host many annual events throughout the year on the grounds of the Preserve, and also the separate, but related, annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival. The property was granted by the California Legislature through the State Lands Commission to the City of Vallejo for development as a historic and nature focused park for all Californians in 2002. As an all volunteer group we are committed to providing for regular public use of the first phase of the regional park that includes the oldest naval cemetery in the Pacific, founded in 1858, and the 130 acres leading to the hilltop vista point. Access is through arrangements with the U.S. Navy and the City of Vallejo. The Preserve is the southern original" Mare Island Hill and Historic Shoreline. It is a unique parkland enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts