The first of two community meetings to gain comments from the public about plans for developing a 17-acre park on Staples Ranch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight in the multi-purpose room of Mohr Elementary School, 3300 Dennis Dr.
Staples Ranch is an undeveloped 124-acre land parcel on the southwest side of El Charro Road and the I-580 freeway. Owned by Alameda County, the city of Pleasanton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the county that will gradually allow most of the land to be annexed into Pleasanton as development proceeds.
A community park has long been planned for the site once it was annexed into Pleasanton, although the size has never been firmed up. Current plans call for the park to include sports fields, trails and open space. A subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks also has proposed building a four-rink ice skating complex on 10 acres of the proposed park site.
The community workshops will be informal with charts showing the location of the 17 acres under consideration for a park and presentations by Jim Wolfe, director of the city's Parks and Community Services Department and others. These will be followed by comments from the audience, with those attending to be broken into smaller discussion groups. Then a report based on issues raised in those discussions will be sent to the city's Parks and Recreation Commission for consideration at its March meeting.
The same format will be followed at the second meeting, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, also at Mohr.
Eventually, the commission's recommendations will be sent to the Planning Commission and the City Council for use in developing a master plan for Staples.
The City Council and Planning Commission held public workshops late last year on plans to relocate the Pleasanton Auto Mall, now on Owens Drive, to Staples as well as plans for a multi-story continuing care retirement complex with 400 to 600 units. A a retail complex is also planned on the site.
Livermore has already approved a 180-store retail center across from Staples Ranch, at the southeast corner of El Charro Road and I-580.