Danville Express

Newsfront - June 1, 2007

Alamo seeking new parks advisor

Committee member wants to pursue other county activities

by Natalie O'Neill

Calling all Alamo trail hikers, park lovers, lap swimmers and game players - it's your turn.

Alamo R-7A Parks and Recreation Committee is on the hunt for a new member, after secretary Tom Matthews, who has served for nearly two years, announced his resignation at the last meeting.

"It's a great chance to learn local government," said Chairman Steve Mick.

Applicants should have some knowledge of the history of Alamo, an interest in recreation, and be familiar with the parks and open space in the Alamo area. The person can be a newcomer to Alamo, so long as he or she has a passion for the community, Mick said.

There is currently no time frame or deadline for the position and applications can be downloaded at www.alamore.org, or call the county Public Works department at 313-2000. The applicant would not necessarily have to be interested in taking over the secretary position.

The committee meets once a month and advises the county on projects related to parks and recreation in Alamo. Members often work closely with county Public Works staff.

"It doesn't have to be a long-term resident. When all new members came in at one time, we were kind of new and raw," Mick said, referencing Supervisor Mary N. Piepho's termination of all the R-7A members at once in August 2005.

Matthews, who is an outdoor enthusiast interested in Alamo hiking trails, was one of the members Piepho appointed in October 2005 to replace the previous members. Now he will be leaving to pursue other community activities.

Issues the committee has advised on in the past include funding for the Aquatic Center at San Ramon Valley High School, building Andrew H. Young Park, the YMCA in Hap Magee Ranch Park and determining how the budget will be divided.

Upcoming issues will include a focus on senior activities, funding a new park in Alamo, expanding the recreation program and more. The annual expected budget is about $600,000 for the committee and largely goes to maintenance and improvements of parks and recreation in Alamo.


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