I’ll be the first to admit, I’m horrible with visualizing the size of things in my head. You tell me something is x number of feet long beyond the size of a normal human person and I won’t be able to picture it in my head. So when someone asked me, hey did you know that the entry sign for Alameda Point being proposed by the City is 48 feet long, I knew it was large but I couldn’t figure out in my head how large that really was.
And then I saw the renderings, the first graphic shows where it’s going to be. Looks big but not that big:
And then you see this one with the little shadow hipster guy providing a frame of reference and holy hell, it’s massive!
Unless the City is going to build a freeway on top of Appezzato and needs the sign to be large to catch people’s eyes while driving at 50 mph it seems a bit overkill. There’s an option for the “Welcome to Alameda” signs to have a white background but personally it looks a little cheesy. Flags at the entry, it’s a little boring since the Neptune Park entry already has flags. And I remember one of the Alameda Landing options was to do flags at the entry as public art but I can’t recall if the flags or the sails were chosen. I feel like flags are always the cop out to doing something more creative for an entry.
Otherwise, everything is okay. The logo being used for the signage looks a little bit like the Mini Cooper logo, but it’s not terrible:
Also on the Planning Board agenda tonight is a presentation about Phase Zero at Alameda Point to start providing a there, there. Staff has begun closing deals on a fair number of long term leases so that’s a really great start. But they want to continue the momentum to make Alameda more desirable and these are some of the ideas so far:
1. Small Batch Village – a very quick interim town center.
Staff is working with the Pop-Up provider who helped construct the America’s Cup village in San Francisco. Currently, staff and the provider are studying the feasibility of installing temporary retail and entertainment spaces along the Seaplane Lagoon waterfront.
2. The Lagoon – new activity or facility on the water.
Staff has scheduled a summer canoe regatta in the Seaplane lagoon for June and is working on securing a kayaking vendor. In addition, staff is exploring converting current ramps into the Seaplane Lagoon into public access ramps for sailing.
3. Large Art.
4. Camp Grounds – ready and willing customers already in place.
Because of size and security issues at Alameda Point, urban camping needs further investigation and perhaps private operators who can ensure patrons adhere to rules and regulations. Staff has been exploring several proposals with the Recreation and Parks Department.
5. The Festival – get ‘thinkers’ to germinate THE annual event.
The logical annual event for Alameda Point seems to be the Fourth of July. The City has the Mayor’s Parade and AC Hornet will have its festivities. The middle part of the day seems ripe for some sort of activity at Alameda Point. Staff is working to determine how to make something happen in a very short period of time. Currently Staff is working with an entertainment company that sponsors fairs and special events throughout California.
6. Other Ideas:
· Staff is meeting with a local promoter to discuss developing a Summer Concert Series.
· Staff is working with a group to provide a Pop-Up Drive/Bike-In Theater.
· Staff is hoping to have a Food and Beverage Fair featuring the existing Alameda Point tenants who are in the food and beverage industry, accompanied by a food trucks.
· Building on the current artisans and Makers already present, staff hopes to offer a Maker’s Fair.
· Currently there are several recreational programs being considered, including creating a large chalk art installation on the runways.
I think all of these options are great. I’ve heard the campground suggestion a fair amount and it would be one of the few urban campgrounds, but I can see how it could be difficult to manage if it’s not one of those staffed type campgrounds. There a pretty large dragonboat racing community in the Bay Area and I believe Alameda has at least one team. I wonder if the Seaplane Lagoon would be an appropriate place to host a dragonboat race.