At River Islands, there are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors! Our beautiful community in Lathrop offers a variety of outdoor amenities, like scenic trails, amazing parks and gorgeous lakes, so there is always an exciting adventure steps away from your front door.

Now that summer has officially begun, it’s the perfect time to embrace the lakeside lifestyle by spending the day at one of our 13 awe-inspiring lakes. If you’re not into paddleboarding or kayaking, our community has launched RD 2062’s “Catch and Release” fishing program at many of the lakes within the community. This program allows River Islands and Lathrop residents with a valid City of Lathrop Fishing Permit to fish in most of the lakes in the community. The lakes that are not allowed to be used for fishing will display a “No Fishing” sign. Since this is a catch and release program, fish cannot be taken from the lakes.

To participate in this fun recreational activity, you must carry a valid permit at all times (security will be checking for permits and will enforce fishing rules). Please note that only residents of River Islands and the City of Lathrop may apply for a fishing permit. To obtain your permit, visit the Welcome Center Tuesday through Saturday from 12 PM to 5 PM and bring along proof of residency. You must be willing to have your picture taken for the permit to be valid. To discover more about our incredible lakes and other outdoor amenities, visit our website. Have a fin-tastic time!

Newspaper publications across the United States are catching on to what we’ve known about for a while: former big-city residents are migrating to less-congested, master-planned communities, like River Islands. River Islands has already been featured this year in a San Francisco Chronicle story about how former Bay Area residents are leaving the hustle and bustle of the city for larger homesites and open spaces in the San Joaquin Valley.

River Islands was most recently featured in a New York Times article about the popularity of our gorgeous master-planned community in Lathrop, and how the rise in remote work allows families to abandon high-cost regions for homes with low-interest rates in exurban areas. According to Susan Dell’Osso, the president of River Islands Development, when River Islands started selling lots in 2014, close to half of the new buyers lived in the Central Valley. Now, about three-quarters of the buyers come from the Bay Area. “People can move to where it’s more affordable,” said John Burns, chief executive of John Burns Real Estate Consulting. “This is a permanent game-changer in the housing market.”

To find out more about why former Bay Area residents are making the move to River Islands, check out the New York Times article, as well as our blog post about the San Francisco Chronicle story. If you want to enjoy the perks of Central Valley living, visit RiverIsands.com today to start searching for your dream home.

We have big news for our residents who like to frequent the Bay Area! On May 12, Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority Board of Directors unanimously approved the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Valley Link rail project. This vote will permit the rail authority to seek funding and continue design work for the construction and implementation of the Valley Link project.

We’re excited for what this project can mean for River Islands residents’ commutes and the environment.The proposed Valley Link project includes seven stations, including a station at River Islands, along 42 miles of track, connecting the existing Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station to the proposed ACE North Lathrop Station. This project will offer 74 daily round trips, and by 2040, is expected to carry more than 33,000 daily riders. The FEIR finds that the project will result in the reduction of approximately 141 million vehicle miles traveled per year (by 2040), and could eliminate between 33,000 to 42,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (depending on the vehicle technology).

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Delighted by the unanimous vote, Tracy Mayor Pro Tem, Veronica Vargas, who serves as the Chair of the Valley Link Board, said, “I am proud that we have reached this important project milestone that moves the project closer toward completion. The project will bring congestion relief to more than 97,900 commuters travelling daily over the Altamont Pass.”

The Board also approved a Mitigation Monitoring Plan for the Valley Link project that includes a range of measures that are focused on minimizing possible environmental impacts. Encouraged by the Environmental Impact Report, Dublin Mayor, Melissa Hernandez, who is Vice Chair of the Valley Link Board, said, “I am pleased we are making these important commitments to support the environment and proud that we are continuing to move the project forward.”

The first Valley Link trains could be placed into service in 2028. To learn more about the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority, visit www.ValleyLinkRail.com.

Can you believe we’ve completed the school year at the River Islands Academies? This is the first year that our two established schools in River Islands, STEAM Academy and River Islands Technology Academy, joined together in the unified charter school organization, River Islands Academies. Due to the pandemic, the 2020-2021 school year was mostly held virtually, but after Spring Break, parents of students at River Islands Technology Academy and the STEAM Academy were presented with a choice: they could continue distance learning or return to in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year.

Before the option of in-person instruction became available again, our dedicated teachers were teaching in a virtual classroom setting. They were presented with the option of teaching their lessons from their home, or they could teach in their classrooms, which were cleaned and disinfected. Since River Islands Technology Academy already offered a one-to-one device ratio per student, the transition to online learning from home was a huge success.

Brenda Scholl, Executive Director of the River Islands Academies, said this about the innovative curriculum options, “As you can imagine, it has taken enormous cooperation from the administrators, teaching staff and our parents to come up with a program that allows for every student household to make a decision that fits them – and their children – best.”

Scholl credits the amazing teachers and supportive administrative staff for continuing to deliver a high level of education during the pandemic. “There can never be a “lost year” in a child’s education. And it’s the same way with our teaching staff; we supported them with professional development training every Wednesday, even though we could not meet in person,” said Scholl.

We want to give a big congratulations to all the River Islands Academies’ students for finishing up their school year, and a big thank you to their families for offering a supportive environment for their kids to thrive academically. Do you have children who will be attending school this fall? To learn more about the innovative curriculums provided at River Islands Academies, visit our website.