The San Ramon community is set to usher in a new era for the city on Saturday with a grand-opening celebration for the new City Hall.
Running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will feature a brief ceremony led by city officials, with refreshments and tours to follow at the new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of central San Ramon at 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
The City Hall, built for $15 million by Sunset Development, is adjacent to Central Park and near the site of the company's planned City Center at Bishop Ranch retail complex. Its 45,000 square feet includes two stories with a large council chamber, public meeting rooms, city offices and a large front lobby.
The facility opened for business in a soft-opening April 27, though move-in and final touches continued in the following weeks leading up to Saturday's ceremony.
The San Ramon City Council originally anticipated holding its first meeting in the new council chamber earlier this week, but technology delays prompted a shift in plan. The initial council meeting there might happen in two weeks, but that is still up in the air, according to city staff.
The new City Hall replaced a one-story office complex on the 2200 block of Camino Ramon that housed City Hall and city offices since the mid-1980s.
Sunset Development constructed the new building for the city, covering an outstanding loan on a piece of land it acquired from the city and the price under an option it had to re-acquire another piece of property from the city, according to company officials.
After the City Hall ceremony, the festivities will continue a few steps away for city officials with a ribbon-cutting to celebrate completed renovations at the Central Park skate park.
The skate park event begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring a skateboard demonstration and giving kids, teens and adults the chance to be among the first to try out the reopened facility.