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July 14, 2014

North park

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, Development, Public Resources — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

The one big thing on the Planning Board’s agenda tonight (other than voting in new officers) is the Estuary Park conceptual design.   Estuary Park for those that may not be familiar with it can be found here:



It’s parcel 1A in yellow.  Yes I realize that Rosenblum is moving and Island High no longer exists at Miller School but this was a map I created in 2008.

Here’s the rendering.

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The narrative from the staff report:

Estuary Park has two distinct sections and will be developed in two phases.  The 4-acres on the west side are dedicated to athletic fields including one synthetic baseball diamond prioritized for special needs youth plus one lighted synthetic rectangular field for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and football.  This field is the City’s first lighted synthetic turf field.  It is also the City’s first regulation-size football field.  Youth football leagues currently practice on the outfield of City baseball fields.  These fields are not designed to handle that level of use and this increases the maintenance costs of the fields.  ARPD is also experiencing increased demand for lacrosse and rugby field allocations.  This investment will provide significant additional field availability for Alameda youth and adults.

The eastern 4-acres is designed as a community park space with playgrounds for under 5 and 5-12 year olds, small and large group picnic areas, basketball courts, open lawn, and a dog park.  All of these park and recreation amenities are intended to serve the new residential housing anticipated at Alameda Landing and North Housing.

Remember a long long time ago when Catellus promised to build a “Miracle Field” aka a baseball diamond accessible to all differently abled children?   Well it appears that perhaps it will be a part of this project that the Miracle Field:

The synthetic baseball diamond is designed to be accessible for youth of all physical and mental abilities and will include striping in the outfield for a soccer field.  The synthetic surface makes the field playable for youth in wheelchairs and walkers.  Alameda Little League is creating a Challenger baseball league, which is an established national program model for youth with mental and physical challenges, ages 4 – 18.  The Alameda Recreation and Park Department will also partner with Special Olympics, Ala Costa Centers, and other non-profit organizations to make this field available for special needs youth and adults.

Estuary Park is being designed and planned as phased construction.  The first phase is the athletic fields.  The second phase is the community park and restrooms.

I hope Catellus is one of those private donations that will be helping to fund the Estuary Park because it’s not going to be cheap.   Also from the staff report:

The detailed engineer’s construction estimate is $3,350,000 for Phase 1, including design and construction contingencies and $2,560,000 has been identified. This leaves a remainder of $790,000 and staff is working to secure additional funds, in addition to exploring options for in-kind contractor work.

The general estimate for Phase 2 is $1.5 million.

I’m not quite sure how folks will access the site other than by car, maybe through the new Tri Pointe community because typically the gate through the existing Coast Guard housing is closed.   All in all, looks nice.   I feel like the one thing it’s missing is a built in concession stand for selling snacks.   It seems like for these games and maybe even practices a concession stand is a great way for fundraising and having a built in one would help teams be able to plug in popcorn machines or hot dog warmers without needing to run a bunch of extension cords.   Or APRD can run a concession and help raise money for Phase 2 one bag of chips at a time.


  1. More parks for Alameda. How exciting!

    Comment by Karen Bey — July 14, 2014 @ 7:15 am

  2. One of the most exciting parts of this plan is the athletic field suitable for the disabled. I attended a meeting of the Recreation and Parks Commission where the plans were discussed at length. The concession stand is a great idea, too. It would be wonderful if it could be a joint project among the high schools to raise money for it and for the kids to assist in building it. How much more significant would their mandatory community service be than what some are doing now? What a great lesson that would be for the students.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — July 14, 2014 @ 9:20 am

  3. That would really be significant, making it mandatory that the kids work on some sort of construction project for the city. I suggest that those kids age 9-16 work 16 hours a day up to 60 hours a week instead of what they’re doing now, which is not mandatory. Show em what socialism is really all about.

    Comment by Jack — July 14, 2014 @ 11:31 am

  4. Cut it out, Jack. You’re giving people named Jack a bad name. Besides, isn’t the right-wing party line about socialism that nobody works and expects to live off the deserving, hardworking inheritors of wealth?

    Comment by Jack Mingo — July 14, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

  5. Jack Mingo:

    The other Jack was a career government employee and is a current welfare recipient. He knows socialism better than you. He hates all forms of it except the ones that pay him.

    Comment by dave — July 14, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

  6. Oh shit DDT off the turnbuckle! Nothing left but smoking remains!

    Comment by Brock — July 14, 2014 @ 5:39 pm

  7. Yo, let go of my welfare, or I’ll slap the DDT on you, draft-dodger.

    Comment by Other Jack — July 14, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

  8. Nope! Registered for the draft since the age of 18, working in private industry and generating military-and-social-security-funding tax dollars since the age of 16. Sorry Chief!

    Comment by Brock — July 15, 2014 @ 10:29 am

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