Posted by Karen, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Dec 10, 2008 at 2:37 pm
Wow! 1100 acres all open for the folks in Pleasanton to enjoy, and we don't need to sell our souls to Oak Grove, loose our beautiful ridgetops, or cause volumes of traffic through our streets to get the land.
Now that is a Win/Win for everyone!!
Can anyone tell me why this gift of land was not more highly publicized by the Pleasanton Weekly during the Oak Grove debates?
Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on Dec 10, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Regarding 1,100 acres of open space at Pleasanton Ridge, I have grown to love our valleys and ridge lands and really thankful for the opportunity to walk these lands. My family moved to Livermore in 1956 and graduated from Livermore Union HS in 1971, but always considered myself a citizen of this entire valley. Please take time to enjoy what what is around us.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Dec 10, 2008 at 11:11 pm
Please clarify what you mean by "gift of land". From the article, the land was purchased with Measure AA funds. Speaking of this, no one here ever commented on my suggestion to purchase Oak Grove from the Lins when I wrote about it and gave the Save Banning Ranch group down in Newport Beach as an example. Is this the case that Pleasanton residents would rather take land through the ballot box than pay owners?
Posted by DanU, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm
Don't smoke *too* much! You'll need your lungs to hike the 8 miles of hilly terrain just to get to the new trails. I've never hiked it, but I do bike there on occasion. Even with a bike, it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours of strenuous cycling to get there.
Posted by Jack, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Dec 17, 2008 at 5:19 pm
PJ, the Oak Grove people already know that this piece of the plan has been in the works for years. They also know that it's part of the same trail system that Oak Grove will be a part of. And finally, they know that a group of self-centered NIMBYs can't threaten to take it away since EBRPD already owns it. So yes, it's nice to finally have it open, but it's certainly not as accessible as Oak Grove will be to Pleasanton residents. They'll be able to park at a staging area right at the trailhead at Oak Grove, and not have to hike 8 miles just to get to it like they'll do to get to this piece of the Pleasanton Ridge.
Posted by PJ, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm
Thanks for the response.
Question: (Since your in the Foothill area you probably have a good idea on this) Can't the new trails be accessed from the Augustin Bernal Park by Pleasanton residents?
I think the 8 miles hike reference is the info that EBRPD has to give out to the general public who has to use their staging area that is a few miles to the south. I believe the A.B. Park staging area for Pleasanton residents is about half way up into the hills and a few miles to the north of the EBRPD staging area.
Posted by Jack, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Dec 18, 2008 at 8:45 am
PJ, you're right, folks can use the Agustin Bernal access to get to the Pleasanton Ridge tTrail, so it's probably only about a four mile hike to get to the new pices from there. Hopefully when the plan is completed, and folks have staging areas all around town, it will be even easier to get to.