I sincerely hope that we in Pleasanton do not let this unique opportunity elude us to convert almost 500 acres of what is now private property into Pleasanton's largest and, I'll wager, most beautiful public parkland, replete with hiking trails and beautiful views, accessible to all. I refer, of course, to the Oak Grove property, the subject of Prop D.
I see signs around town, shouting, "Don't mess with our ridges," but these are not our ridges Not yet. The only way they truly become our ridges - open and accessible to all Pleasanton residents and the public - is if Measure D passes. Otherwise, it remains private property.
I cannot see any such ridges from my home in Birdland, nor can I view them as I drive throughout most of the area north of Main street. Rarely, when I can view the ridges, I am struck with the thought that while looking up there is nice, it would be so much nicer to actually access the property, hike the ridges and oak-shaded valleys and hillsides, picnic on and explore the land and enjoy the views. What a splendid opportunity this is!
And besides this beautiful public parkland, we get $2 million to our schools and another $1 million to the city? This is as good as it gets.
I will truly mourn the loss of this beautiful and expansive public parkland, for all of us to enjoy, if this measure fails.
Hikers Unite - Vote Yes on D!