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Newsfront - October 24, 2008

New pocket park for Alamo?

Recreation committee considers new park off Iron Horse Trail

by Geoff Gillette

Unused land adjacent to the Iron Horse Trail may become Alamo's newest park.

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."


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Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 18, 2008 at 5:45 pm

This area for the proposed "park" would be much better served by turning it into a parking lot for trail access and to ease the congestion caused by the pre-school across the street and special events at Rancho school. There is already a very nice park at Rancho school and the new YMCA will also be close by. It could be nicely done with trees and low maintenance landscaping.

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Posted by Joni Mitchell
a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:19 am

Dear Editor,

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot!

Don't you know, it seems to go, that you don't know what you've got until it's gone.

They paved paradise and put up a parkting lot!

Sing along?


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Posted by Marcie
a resident of Danville
on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:50 pm

I like the idea of a staging area since there are none nearby. And isn't the Iron Horse Trail really a park? But it would have to be done very nicely.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:25 am

Dear Editor, in interest of keeping your FORUM lively,

It is an obvious question to ask, "hasn't the Hemme neighborhood suffered enough?" Traffic from Rancho Romero jams the neighborhood and access to Danville Blvd. The coming traffic and other invasive results of the SRV YMCA will add to that abuse of a neighborhood.

To consider a parking lot for trail users at the corner of Danville Blvd and Hemme would further add to the attractive nuisances existing or being constructed. There are options for trail users, 1) you may park at YardBIRDS for access to the same trail segment, 2) you may park at Hap Magee an access the trail via the Camille bridge and access, or 3) you can park at Alamo Plaza or its trailhead for a longer walk north or south.

Our community of neighborhoods has failed to protect the Hemme neighborhoods from major organizational invasion and we should not fail to stop further imposition on our neighbors.

Now that should focus the commentary!



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Posted by Tom, along the Iron Horse
a resident of another community
on Nov 24, 2008 at 7:19 am

Dear Editor,

Did you notice that no one responded to Hal's consideration of Hemme neighbors? Do we suspect that your readers are uncomfortable with addressing the issues created for the Hemme neighborhoods by SRVUSD, Fire District and SRV YMCA?

There are many good ideas for incorporation into the land that was planned for a fire station and our neighborhoods discussion groups consider a very natural, low-maintenance garden with paths, sitting benches, and a picnic table bordering the Iron Horse Trail to be one good approach. We could add bike racks, a water fountain, and a map board for the trails in the area.

Lively proposal and debate, I believe, was Hal's invitation.

Tom, Iron Horse Trail neighbor