Pleasanton Weekly

News - November 22, 2013

Council OKs Pleasanton Ridge expansion

231 acres slated for acquisition Dec. 1

by Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday approved a plan that will allow the East Bay Regional Park District to acquire the 231-acre Castleridge property in the Pleasanton hills and add it to the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.

The council adopted a resolution authorizing a grant from the Altamont Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility of $1 million to make the purchase. Although the Landfill's Open Space Advisory Committee had already approved the grant, both Pleasanton and Alameda County governments need to endorse the plan as well.

Together with this grant and funds from the park district's 2010 bond issue, the land will be purchased from Castleridge Property for $2.2 million, $200,000 less than the property's valuation.

"This is great news," said Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho. "We've been working with EBRPD for several years to see this accomplished."

The property is directly adjacent to the Alviso Adobe and will provide direct access to the Pleasanton Ridge.

The topography of the property is rolling to steep and elevations range from 440 feet along Old Foothill Road to almost 1,500 feet along the ridge tops. From the highest vantage points, hikers will be able to see the Mount Diablo Range, San Francisco Bay and the entire Tri-Valley.

The landscape is dominated by the oak woodland plant dotted with patches of shrubs and grassland. The site also boasts native bigleaf maples, California sycamores and Pacific madrones.

The acquisition gives the site permanent protection and allows EBRPD to expand the Pleasanton Ridge park, adding to the more than 8,800 acres that have already been preserved in the Pleasanton hills by the park district.

Robert E. Doyle, general manager of the EBRPD, said the proposed funding date for the acquisition will be Dec. 1 with the land to become part of the Pleasanton Ridge park on March 3, 2014.

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