Looks like the City is going to be moving forward with planning out what is going to happen at the Beltline property. They are going to be holding two meetings, the first on Saturday, February 9th from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the Albert H. DeWitt’s Officers’ Club, 641 W. Redline Ave., that’s at Alameda Point. And the second on Wednesday, February 13th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., 3rd Floor. The City Hall one will be televised.
Essentially City Staff want to know what you, the community, want to see at the Beltline. If you don’t have time to make it out to the meetings, you can take this quickie survey on Survey Monkey. It’s super short and really just boils down to a question of do you want an active park (playground, sports fields, etc.), a passive park (community gardens, walking trails, etc.) or a combination of both.
I’ve already taken the survey and would urge others to do so who want to see more that just a walking path on that huge parcel of property. If you do just want a walking path then feel free to take the survey too. Because I imagine that at the community meetings, as has happened in the past, folks that prefer the passive version of parks will come out en masse to indicate that a passive park is exactly what was envisioned by the late Jean Sweeney. And while Jean Sweeney did a great thing by uncovering that document which allowed the City to essentially take back the land at very little cost, I’m not in the camp of believing that one person’s — despite her enormous contribution to the securing of the land — opinion about what should happen with that land, should trump the opinions of everyone else or the need of the community as a whole.
I really hope that the property will go beyond just walking paths and open space and have something that will activate the space like playgrounds or smaller sports fields, I saw bocce courts as an option in the Rec and Park survey. A mixture of both passive — I like the idea of community gardens where folks can grow their own veggies — and active would provide recreational activities for residents of all ages.
But, in addition to all that, what I would like to see is more of a commitment from the City to look beyond just that parcel and consider the rag tag stretch lining Appezzato Way, that side of the road desperately needs — at the very least — a sidewalk or walking and bike path. It could be done simply in the design of the Linear Park that lines Main Street (paved trail separated for bikes and pedestrians and bioswales for run off).