At an Oct. 2 meeting, members of the Citizens Advisory Committee for R7A discussed the possibility of purchasing a one-acre parcel of land, which is currently owned by the Contra Costa Fire Protection District.
At issue is the on the corner of Danville Boulevard and Hemme Avenue, which has stood vacant for some time. The Fire District purchased the property in 2005 and demolished the house that was still standing. An appraisal has put its value at around $1 million.
Committee member Steve Mick said that he had discussed the purchase with the East Bay Regional Park District, which manages the trail. Mick said the Park District has said it would be willing to partner on the creation of the park but not on the purchase of the land.
It is too early to have an overall plan for the land if it is acquired, but Mick said he has some ideas.
"Not too much of a vision yet, just some half-baked thoughts," he said. "Low maintenance, kind of an intersection of hiking trails and so forth. We don't know, but we would like to get a lot of community input."
Committee members directed county staff to determine if the Fire District had interest in selling the land.
R7A is a county service area for parks and recreation that operates under the umbrella of the Contra Costa County Public Works Department, explained Committee Chairwoman Nancy Dommes.
"The Public Works guys work with the Board of Supervisors. We have an idea, we discuss it in committee and wait for public input," she said. "If we vote to make a recommendation we approach our District 3 supervisor."