Tonight the Planning Board will have on its agenda the proposed Beltline design, which I have to say I do not hate at all. It’s not what I would have envisioned, but it’s fine.
It has a little bit of everything that folks said they wanted of the “passive” aka no sports fields park, the only thing I can envision the passive park proponents getting a little upset about is the BMX pump track, other than that it looks like something that should appeal to most people.
The only small critique that I have is why is there so much parking? There are 180 parking spaces designed right next to a sea of parking right next to it.
80 spots in this lot
And 100 spots in this lot.
Given that the majority of people needing the spots will probably come on the weekends or after work hours, it would be a better use of those slices of land to cut both in half and work out a deal with the business park to use their lots for overflow on weekends and after business hours. That way the seas of unused parking at the Mariner Square Business Park will actually be put to good use and the land that had been set aside for parking could be used for more picnic tables or bbq spots.
The park will be an obvious boon to the business park so they should more than welcome any partnership with the City. Other than too much parking, I think this is fine. Although I will add that I think, given the central location and the dire need for swimming pools in Alameda, the land would be been put to much better use as an aquatics center for Alameda as a whole shared between the City and the School District. Instead of bandage fixing the two aging pools, money could have been put in the build a really awesome aquatics center that would support the swimming community in Alameda. Plus, it would have been easier for folks on both ends of the island to get there instead of schlepping from one end or the other, but that ship has long sailed by now.
Did I mention that Planning Board member Kristoffer Koster designed the whole thing pro bono. So awesome.