This website shares art and performance from our last Bulbfest in May 2019. Love the Bulb is a community arts organization that celebrates and protects the creative spirit of the urban wild known as the Albany Bulb. The Albany Bulb is one of those places that is both awesome and weird at the same time. Describing the dance of Siva in the golden hall of Chidambaram with the river Ganga and the Cresent moon in his hair, his wife Parvati by his side and snakes around his neck, bringing joy to the entire world. In 2006, Magna Corporation, owners of Golden Gate Fields race track, proposed a large commercial shopping area on the racetrack property southeast of the Bulb. “The Bulb” juts into the SF Bay, surrounded on 3 sides by water. Address: 37.889577,-122.315361. The future of the racetrack holdings remains uncertain. featuring Bulb residents talking candidly about their experiences living on the Albany Bulb. Strong winds make the water south of the Bulb peninsula, off the beach, popular with wind- and kite- surfers. Length 1.9 miElevation gain 26 ftRoute type Loop Thus The Bulb is made of mostly of construction debris such as concrete and rebar, as is still very visible. a samurai made out of scrap metal, a giant concrete tv, artist, dragon, and more. In 2006, Magna Corporation, owners of Golden Gate Fields race track, proposed a large commercial shopping area on the racetrack property southeast of the Bulb. The landfill operated as a dumping site for construction debris until 1984, when the community worked to establish the area as a public park – but the space was closed off in 1987, stuck in a series of lawsuits. The Landfill Library, comprised, on average, 300 volumes in various conditions, donated by its patrons. Regulations: Dogs allowed off-leash. The Regional Water Quality Control Board worked with the City and community members to achieve the requirements of a landfill closure order and establish the area as a public park. Albany Bulb Conditions Hi, I'm new to this group and fairly new to swimming in the East Bay. The development dream was to join the peninsulas, leaving a narrow shipping channel edged by commerce. He often collaborates with his son-in-law Jason DeAntonis. Albany Bulb and Waterfront in Albany, CA is in the California Beaches attractions, parks, and things to do category. Aerial photos show the gradual filling of this lagoon at the same time that dumping extended the peninsula west into the Bay and, later, north onto the Plateau. Lawsuits against the landfill operator brought the dumping to a halt in 1983. [5] Two Bulb residents, Amber Whitson and her partner Phyl Lewis, refused the settlement and the court dismissed their claims without prejudice. The resilience and remembrance of a community takes work, grit, and rigor. The bulb was the site of a small art colony and shanty town until it was cleared to turn the … Please note that beyond the Albany Neck area, the Albany Bulb is not managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and the trails unmarked. Dance Performances Sunday, May 5, 2019, 12-4 pm. Celebrating and Protecting the Urban Wild at the Albany Bulb. In the East Bay’s City of Albany; home to Golden Gate Fields race track and host of the Solano Stroll annual street fair; close to where I-80 and I-580 meet, resides Albany Bulb or “The Bulb” as East Bay locals call it.This park is known for its small dog-friendly beach, as well as an assortment of short paved and dirt trails. To locate the Albany Bulb and Waterfront just select the map tab above. The usual fill method can be seen in the rectangular lagoon at the west end of the Bulb peninsula, a remnant left when legal action finally forced closure of the dump: Enclose part of the shallow Bay with rock and concrete rip-rap, fill the created lagoon with garbage and debris, and (usually) top off with a layer of clay. Like other abandoned dumps, the Bulb became quickly vegetated. In 2016, the Albany city council approved plans to create a city park out of the space. The Albany Bulb is an overgrown landfill on the Western edge of the East Bay, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Type: 2 mile easy walk/ swim. With the resident squatters gone, it will most likely remain closed. Albany Bulb is open to the public, with easily accessible walking trails. Fern Tiger Associates who conducted the study reported that 62 percent of residents who participated in the study wanted to expand open space by at least 75 acres. Dancing the resilient nature of the body and notions of safety in public spaces. Almost immediately afterward, the City of Albany extended Buchanan Street west on Bay fill, creating a lagoon between Buchanan and the north edge of the race track. OVERVIEW . Extensive protest led by Citizens for Eastshore Parks, headed by former Albany mayor Robert Cheasty, led to these plans being dropped. Love the Bulb is a community-based non-profit organization devoted to protecting the … It's home to 150 species of birds, huge trees, wildflowers, amazing views, and lots of walking trails. Bulbfest 2019 was a two-day festival that highlighted the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of the Albany Bulb with dance performances and new art installations. The wooden posts in the area often serve as perches for Peregrine Falcons and ospreys eating their catches. The performances and art installations explored the resilience of nature in the face of climate change and sea level rise as well as human resilience in the face of individual and societal changes. Their presence was generally tolerated so long as the number of residents remained low. The Bulb is the west end of a landfill peninsula jutting west from the east shore of San Francisco Bay. The City of Albany maintains ownership of The Bulb itself. View From The Albany Bulb: Photos Of The Day - Albany, CA - This glorious meeting of land water and sky is seen from the Albany Bulb. [6] On May 29, 2014 at 4:00 am, Albany Police went out onto the Albany Bulb armed with assault rifles and arrested Amber Whitson and Phyl Lewis as well as one supporter, Erik Eisenberg, on charges alleging violation of California Penal Code 647(e) "lodging".[7][8]. The debris was pushed into the Bay to create parking lots. To the west is land, known as the “Bulb,” which belongs to the city of Albany, but is planned to be incorporated into the Eastshore State Park – a park that includes, and protects, most of the undeveloped land on the Bay shoreline between the foot of the San Francisco Bay Bridge in Oakland and Richmond’s Marina Bay neighborhood. The Albany Bulb is not a light bulb, and it’s not in Albany, New York. As of 2016, a birder sighted and photographed at least one burrowing owl when dogs that are not permitted within the enclosed area entered it and flushed the bird out of the vegetation. Follow us on Instagram @LovetheBulb and at Facebook.com/lovethebulb. Parking: Free parking lot at address above. Beginning in 1963, the bulb was a landfill owned by the City of Albany. A rhythmic improvisation of a resilient art in this natural outdoor environment, followed by a tap dance paired with an untraditional rendition of a timeless song. Another result was the formation of Albany Beach—low dunes and a sandy beach running south between the Bulb peninsula and Fleming Point. More recently, in 2013, Andy Kreamer (a former Bulb resident and aspiring history teacher) released a film called The books were free to borrow and keep, although a take-something-leave-something approach is encouraged. Many groups, including urban artists, otherwise-homeless Albany residents, dog walkers and owners, teenagers, and environmentalists, used the Bulb area and felt they have a stake in it. Environmental protections as well as understanding of the dangers of building on unconsolidated fill make it extremely unlikely that the Bulb could be developed. [1] The City of Albany continues to negotiate to have the State Parks Department (owners of the park) and/or East Bay Regional Park District (managers of the park and owners of some adjacent shoreline) take over the Bulb. Love the Bulb, a community arts organization presented this festival to highlight the value of this endangered and uniquely Bay Area space for the imagination. However, the study also found that half of participants wanted enough development on the waterfront to maintain the current tax revenue generated from Golden Gate Fields, which is about $1.7 million. A performance that speaks to the resiliency of the earth and the youth it holds. People view Mad Marc's Castle on the Albany Bulb on Dec. 2, 2020. Ultimately the city ended up offering 30 Bulb residents $3,000 each if they would leave their longtime homes on the Bulb in order to settle a lawsuit brought by the East Bay Community Law Center on behalf of the residents. Visit BringFido for an overview of the beach, along with pictures, directions, and reviews from dog owners who’ve been there. Despite living directly up the hill from it, somehow we never really realized it was there until our friend Dave told us about it while we were walking in César Chávez Park near the Berkeley Marina last month. This expansion would mean 163 acres of parkland, trails, and wetlands at the waterfront. In May 2013 the Albany City Council voted to evict the residents of the Bulb, offering them minimal assistance with relocation to other living arrangements. Pets are welcome to play off-leash in the designated area of this park, which includes a small beach, or escape the crowds for an on-leash stroll along the secluded trails. The Bulb proper—the round hill at the tip of the peninsula—was created in 1963, after the City of Albany and Santa Fe, which owned the land, signed a contract for the disposal of construction debris. Albany Bulb is a popular dog beach in Albany. Like the Point Isabel peninsula to the north and the Berkeley Marina, Point Emery, and Emeryville Marina Peninsulas to the south, the Bulb peninsula is a relic of almost a century of systematic filling of the shallow Bay and its adjacent wetland. Best time to visit: Summer to escape the heat, go for a swim and enjoy the bay breeze. Extensive protest led by Citizens for Eastshore Parks, headed by former Albany mayor Robert Cheasty, led to these plans being dropped. The Albany Bulb is a former landfill largely owned by the City of Albany, in California. The Bulb provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including songbirds, rats, mice, black-tailed hares, as well as snakes, hawks and barn owls that feed on them. https://www.mapquest.com/us/california/albany-bulb-265890435 The Bulb is part of the City of Albany, and can be reached via Buchanan Street or the Bay Trail along the east side of San Francisco Bay. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. The Albany Bulb is a former landfill largely owned by the City of Albany, in California. On January 12, 2014 the library burned to the ground after a fire of unknown origin. Designed with love by Bulbfest 2019 Team on Wix.com. Join us at the Albany Bulb Nov 28 – Dec 1 For a Three Day Solidarity Campout With Worksops, Discussions, Cooking, Networking, Building, Music and Films! 28 of the 30 plaintiffs accepted the buy-out and voluntarily left by April 24, 2014. [9] Further, the main trails were widened and leveled after the 2014 evictions to allow for greater motor vehicle access, police patrols were increased, and vegetation was cut back for several years to prevent further camping. A documentary about the Albany Landfill Encampment, Bum's Paradise was released in 2003 documenting the 1999 eviction. As of August 2013, the library is closed due to vandals destroying it. The Bulb is the west end of a landfill peninsula jutting west from the east shore of San Francisco Bay. The Albany Bulb (also simply known as The Bulb) is a former landfill largely owned by the City of Albany, in California. The theme of the festival this year was Resilience. Love the Bulb celebrates and protects the creative spirit of the Albany Bulb, a former construction debris landfill on San Francisco Bay. Park Planning. 952 likes. Gwen Hornig, Katherine Neumann, Dominique Nigro, and Andrew Rose explore the alchemy of opposition, creation through conflict, and counterweight. We have temporarily postponed in-person events due to the pandemic, but you can see recent musical performances and art on our Facebook page and YouTube. The works have been selected through an open call process, with the help of a jury consisting of local professionals in the fields of arts, education, activism and urban design. However, official plans to incorporate the Bulb into the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park call for removing the art, prohibiting the creation of new art, and imposing limits on existing activities including dogwalking and … Art Opening Saturday May 4, 2019, 4-6:30 pm. very cool and imaginative. The Albany Bulb is a city park at a former construction debris landfill surrounded by spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. Other entities are reluctant due to liability and potential costs of making the area, with its projecting concrete and rebar, "safe." Early in the 20th century, the tidelands were acquired by the rival Santa Fe Railroad. The City of Albany entertained a variety of proposals for development of the peninsula, including high-rise hotels and a marina. For reservations, directions, or questions you can call them at . Bay currents were altered by creation of the Bulb and fill peninsulas to the north and south (Pt. The area would include the bulb, the Golden Gate Fields race track and parking lot, and the Eastshore State Park plateau. The tidelands off Berkeley and Albany were sold by the state in the 1870s, as railroads extended tracks northward along the waterfront from the Oakland terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad. Environmental protections as well as understanding of the dangers of building on unconsolidated fill make it extremely unlikely that the Bulb could be developed. Voices to Vision, a two-year study that examined what citizens of Albany desired for the waterfront, concluded in 2010. The term "Bulb" is often used to refer to the entire peninsula, which includes the Albany Plateau, north of Buchanan Street at its base; the high narrow "Neck," and the round "Bulb." Dance Performances  Sunday, May 5, 2019, 12-4 pm. Bulbfest 2019 was a two-day festival that highlighted the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of the Albany Bulb with dance performances and new art installations. Sandy beaches are rare on San Francisco Bay, but strong tidal current to and from the Golden Gate tend to create them along the Berkeley and Albany shorelines. The Plateau area, once popular for flying model airplanes, has been partly fenced off as a habitat for burrowing owls, as mitigation for habitat taken by sports fields to the south. It is a green growing wildland of naturalized plants, animals and people. Wilson was born on the streets of San Francisco and has been homeless his whole life. Dogs are also able to use this trail. What wants to be spoken and what prefers to remain in silence? Well it only took us nine years to learn about - and visit - the wondrously eccentric and charming Albany Beach and Albany Bulb. Both the Bulb and the Body develop resilience through resistance, push and pull. The small salt marsh south of Buchanan, fed by Codornices and Village Creeks, grew in the last remnants of the lagoon, an echo of much larger wetlands that once flourished farther south, where the creek waters emptied into the Bay behind (east of) the dynamited hill. Built on a rhythmic vocabulary of Afro-Cuban son coated with a southern Appalachian hymn, this dance demands the resilience of the human spirit against a complicated and painful history inherent in the building of America. Sniff, a group of artists composed of Scott Hewitt, Scott Meadows and David Ryan, painted large, highly imaginative "murals" on wood and erected more sculptures on the northwest corner of The Bulb. And it’s an organically created citizens’ gallery of outsider art featuring giant sculptural forms and colorfully painted concrete and rocks. Because the Bulb is geographically unorganized and because the Albany Police Department had for a long period of time been given orders to not enforce the law barring "camping", the Albany Bulb is often described as anarchic. Sculptor and activist lawyer Osha Neumann has created some of the largest works. What stories are held here? Earth as a feminine being whose energy is being drained by external turmoil; she continues to give nevertheless. Meanwhile, the Bulb area and adjacent Albany Beach have become one of the most heavily used outdoor recreation sites in the Bay. Albany Bulb. An additional $75,000 in rent subsidies from the Albany Housing Subsidy program went to the newly housed as well: although many former Bulb residents already receive some kind of public assistance -- General Assistance, or SSI for those with disabilities -- the benefits they receive are low compared to the cost of living in the Bay Area, so subsidies are often used to close the rent gap. [4], Starting in the early 1990s, the Albany Bulb was home to a community of otherwise homeless individuals who lived there on and off for nearly 20 years, despite a lack of official permission from the City of Albany. Another Bulb landmark known as "Mad Mark's Castle," after its builder, a long-time Bulb resident,[2][3] is a large concrete, rebar and plaster shelter which sits on the south west corner of the Bulb, directly opposite the Golden Gate Bridge. One result has been westward extension of tidal mudflats at the mouths of Codornices, Village, and Marin Creeks, between the Bulb peninsula and Pt. Hours: 5 A.M. to 10 P.M. Isabel was natural, but its hill was dynamited in the 1950s and marshes between it and the mainland were filled). Albany Bulb is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Albany, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. Below is a list of the nearest beaches to Albany Bulb … An Archaeology of the Albany Bulb used the detailed attention of archaeological record to document recently dismantled homes on the Albany Bulb, a former landfill. Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}37°53′24″N 122°19′29″W / 37.89000°N 122.32472°W / 37.89000; -122.32472. Albany was left with the landfill it had already created, an odd 33-acre heap known, because of its shape, as the Bulb. Cristina Bejarano, Rivka Weinstock, Peter Trio, Ariel Resnikoff. Elder women dancers inspired by nature invite the audience to mingle and move with us to experience how resilience is built through shared creativity and joy. The population living on the Bulb had grown to approximately 50 or 60 in early 1999, leading to a mass eviction by the city later that summer. Where Do YOU Go When It Rains? The Bulb was home to a small, makeshift library, assembled mostly from driftwood and old boat pieces. The Bulb was home to a vast array of urban art including mural, stencil, graffiti, sculpture, and installation art. I am a member of the south end club at aquatic park in sf but as we are closed I am now trying to swim closer to home and a hot shower. The Albany Bulb has long been known for informal sculpture and art. Just north of Berkeley, California, the Albany Bulb is an open space/parkland by the San Francisco Bay. The owl has since been spotted there again, but concerns about disturbance by dogs remain for this species that is quickly disappearing as a result of loss of habitat from development. Bringing up conversations around how we can collaborate so the world and its inhabitants can thrive. November 27, 2020 Folkrox 1 Comment. Homeless people began to filter back over the next few years, including many of those who had been evicted in 1999, and by early 2013, the population had again grown to more than 40. In 2016, some art remains but it is quickly deteriorating and no where as vibrant as it was in its peak around 2006. The Bulb has been used for informal concerts and even a production of Shakespeare's The Tempest presented by We Players, a Bay Area site-specific theatre company, in 2006. This filling was largely halted by efforts of Save The Bay from the 1960s to the 1980s. Trees speak; are you listening? With white billowing fabric holding them together, two dancers explore what it means to leave a home. Creation of the Bulb peninsula can be said to have begun in 1939, when the Santa Fe Railroad dynamited El Cerrito del Sur, the low hill on Fleming Point southwest of Albany Hill, to build Golden Gate Fields race track. Come find your inner jewel and shine. 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The Albany Bulb was previously a construction debris landfill site until operations were ceased in 1984. We are dancing on the bones and memories of those who came before us. Eel grass near the Bulb tip is an important subtidal habitat. (These tracks soon became the main transcontinental line.) as you wander further it, there are lots of trails and eventually beautiful views of the bay and public art. In 2002, however, 17 years of effort by Citizens for Eastshore State Park (now Citizens for Eastshore Parks) resulted in the Plateau and lower Neck, along with shoreline to the north and south, becoming part of The Eastshore State Park. Albany's waterfront has undergone significant man-made changes; the most prominent landform is now the Albany Bulb, a former garbage landfill jutting out into San Francisco Bay. it starts off as nice park with a beach area where lots of dogs play. The south shore's riprap is largely un-vegetated, but lagoons and some gentler shoreline on the north, facing the Albany Mudflats have welcomed typical salt-marsh vegetation such as pickleweed, salt grass, and gum plant. The sheltered lagoon at the west end is a calm-water refuge during storms, and shorebirds use its riprap edge at high tide. Although the agreement holds no legal weight, it sets the foundation for the city to approve budget funds for the park. 85 percent of participants reported that building a hotel on the site would be a good idea, with many supporting additional retail and restaurant developments on the site. Part of the small town (again, just north of Berkeley) of Albany, it’s easily reached by going all the way down Buchanan Street toward the water. The Albany bulb is a former landfill largely owned by the city of Albany, in the state of California. The Bulb is currently owned and managed by the City of Albany. if you didn't know about it, i'm not sure you'd ever find it. These are the Albany Mudflats, protected as important habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds. 1 of 23 Micheal Wilson, a three year resident of the Albany Bulb takes a stroll on September 9th 2013. The term "Bulb" is often used to refer to the entire peninsula, which includes the Albany Plateau, north of Buchanan Street at its base; the high narrow "Neck," and the round "Bulb." Love the Bulb emerged from an urgent sense that one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most unique open spaces was under threat. Art Opening  Saturday May 4, 2019, 4-6:30 pm. Love the Bulb. It reminds me of a place like Glass Beach, where the way that humans have messed with nature has actually created a pretty unique spot.Albany Bulb is a tiny peninsula on the San Francisco Bay in the city of Albany that was a construction dumping ground throughout the 1900s. 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