San Ramon City Hall grand-opening ceremony set for Saturday

Officials to welcome new city hub on Bollinger Canyon, plus nearby renovated skate park

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.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of San Ramon
on May 12, 2016 at 6:36 pm

$15 million to build a monument to house city council, the mayor and staff. This is a travesty. To do so, let's remember that basketball courts and a skate park were demolished and not replaced. Why did this building have to be built where there was life and so many enjoyed. Why wasn't this monument built on city property not in the center of outdoor activity. This monument is a tribute to the egos of the city council and mayor. You should be ashamed of what you have done.

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Posted by Proud resident of San Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on May 13, 2016 at 7:25 am

Mark - you ought to do some fact checking before coming onto a web site and condemning city officials for doing their job.

First - the skate park was NOT demolished. It was closed for safety reasons because its foot print was inside the construction zone of the new city hall.

If you had read the news releases about the events on Saturday, May 14 you would know there is a grand reopening event scheduled for about 2:00. The city also took advantage of this closure to do needed repairs and to install some safety enhancements

Second - the basketball court are scheduled to be relocated and rebuilt in an area adjacent to the end of the skate park. The timing depends on funding being available. This information is also available if you would read the city's web site.

Finally - I will not attempt to respond to the rest of your email because I doubt you would understand, no matter how simple I tried to present the information.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 17, 2016 at 4:43 pm

To PRoS: Suspect you didn't respond to the rest of Mark's comments, especially the part about "This monument is a tribute to the egos of the city council and mayor." because his comments hit too close to home. The average San Ramon resident does not benefit a bit from this edifice.

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