Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - March 12, 2010

Letter: Open space park would be an asset

Dear Editor,

Augustin Bernal Park near the top of Pleasanton Ridge is a community asset without equal. On walks along its trails I have seen deer, fox, bobcat and even the occasional snake in its tree covered wilderness.

Now Pleasanton has an opportunity for an open space park twice the size of Augustin Bernal Park with Oak Grove (497 acres v. 237 acres). That won't happen unless we vote yes for Oak Grove.

The Oak Grove referendum was started by a minority of rich NIMBYs from the adjacent neighborhoods. A majority of the neighborhood committee compromised on a development plan for Oak Grove, but then a minority broke away to start this referendum. A few rich NIMBYs don't want to look at houses that look just like their houses.

But, for those of us who would enjoy a 500-acre open space park with trails and over 12,000 oak trees, I recommend a yes vote on Oak Grove.

Peter MacDonald

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