The Del Monte/Tim Lewis Communities contribution to the Sweeney Open Space Park is already paying dividends. A few days ago the City of Alameda issued a press release announcing the award of a dollar for dollar match. From the press release:
The California Department of Parks and Recreation announced a $2 million grant for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF program provides funding to public agencies for acquisition and development projects that create outdoor recreational resources. This year $6,142,673 was awarded to ten park projects state-wide. The Jean Sweeney Open Space Park grant is the largest award this year. The LWCF grant requires a 50% local match and through a development agreement for the Del Monte Building, Tim Lewis Communities provided $2 Million for Jean Sweeney Open Space Park that the City used as the required match. The City would not otherwise have had the matching funds to apply. The grant funding is pending final approval from the National Park Service which is anticipated soon.
Since the total cost of the project was estimated at $8 million this grant match funds the 50% of the project. More from the press release:
This 22-acre park includes open space natural areas and active uses such as picnic areas, playgrounds, a community garden, and walking and biking trails. This grant funds Phase 2 which is the most eastern portion of the park near Sherman Street. It includes a natural playground; a large group picnic area with a gazebo, picnic pavilion and open lawn; a plaza area; bicycle and walking trails; small picnic areas; and a natural open landscape area with California native, drought-tolerant plants.
The park also includes the Cross-Alameda Trail as Phase 1. This bike/walk recreational and commuter trail is fully funded by the Active Transportation Program federal funds in the amount of $2.5 million. The design for the trail portion of the project is already underway. The funding secured for Jean Sweeney Open Space Park now totals $6.5 million.
This is a really exciting time for the West End, the Cross Alameda Trail is a much needed pedestrian and bicycle connection on RAMP. The Open Space park will bring, well, a park which no one ever thinks is a bad thing.