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Grass Reclaiming Alviso Adobe Site

Original post made by Claudette McDermott on Mar 24, 2009

What's going on with the Wild Grass being allowed to overtake the what was once a new beautifully created Alviso Adobe Park off of foothill? Didn't our Tax $$ and private funding go far enough to upkeep this new community park with Historical value? Who's in charge? Can anything be done to keep it looking kept up? It's become an eyesore....

Comments (22)

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Mar 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I'm thinking that this is a historical restoration and since they didn't have astroturf 300 years ago, it's probably historically accurate.


Posted by Grace, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 24, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Or weed-whackers, they sure didn't have those.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for your usual unhelpful and smart-aleck comments unclehomerr. I'm sure that you think they are witty, but you are only half right.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 25, 2009 at 12:58 am

Wasn't this property once part of a ranch/dairy...

Perhaps bovine(one of the weed-whackers of the era)could be added to keep the grass down...

Bovine would also add an authentic touch to the place...

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 25, 2009 at 7:41 am

Stacey is a registered user.


The above post was not mine, but that of a poor impersonator who apparently doesn't like what I've had to say (that's ok if they didn't like what I wrote, but their continual impersonation of me to confuse readers is indicative of a real cyberbully). As for your thoughts on historical restoration, I was thinking the same thing. :)

Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Mar 25, 2009 at 9:17 am

Hi Claudette. The Alviso Adobe Park was always designed to be a park with a natural appearance. It's not a park with carefully groomed lawns or sportsfields like our other parks. The land surrounding the restored adobe, milking barn and bunkhouse was planned to be covered in native grasses and wildflowers. If you haven't had a chance to go through the park, take a some time and go up there, I hope you'll enjoy a little of Pleasanton's history through the past 3000 years.

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:29 am


I didn't think it sounded like you, so I didn't respond. Pity. I had a great one ready! I'll have to save it for some other half-wit;-)


Posted by Stan, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm


Can you at least do a minimal amount of phone calls or a visit to the park commission folks to ask such questions before posting this kind of item.

Carrying on about our tax $$, and its an eyesore, etc. Please stay of the Weekly Forum.

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 25, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Gee Stan, I thought this was a free press? I have visited the Park a number of times when it was first done, and loved it. Letting some of the natural grass come in's not looking good even if that was intended. Why manicure it the way they did in the beginning.... and plant shrubs that have now been overgrown with tall grass.... Some of the grass is as tall as the trees they've planted. No, in my opinion, and I am allowed, it looks bad and as I am a tax payer and actually fund many fundraisers here in Pleasanton, many for the arts, I want to be sure my tax dollars go to worthy causes.

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Happy Valley
on Mar 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I also think that it's important to "Reflect" on your environment. Pleasanton is a well kept community, with a lot of positive things going on. I think it's up to it's community and City Officials to make sure it stays that way. To awaken the public to things that need attention, that might otherwise be swept under the carpet, or just the community being unaware, a voice needs to be heard. The Pleasanton Weekly offers a place where we as a community have a voice, can discuss what we like and dislike about it to make it better. An exchange of ideas and thoughts even if it is not your own thoughts or ideas, kept on a respectful tone, is a good thing.

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Happy Valley
on Mar 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I like the idea of bringing in sheep like they did by Shadow Cliffs :) to keep the wild grass to a reasonable level.

Posted by westsider, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

Geez Claudette, sounds like you should spend a little more time going to Parks and Rec meetings. That way you could be part of the years-long process it takes to design future parks, instead of complaining after they're done. Wouldn't it be nice to have something positive to contribute instead of just being negative? Whaddya think?

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 26, 2009 at 9:49 am

Westsider, I pass the Park daily and have visited a few times after it was completed, have funded part of this project... To have an opinion on the way it looks, is called free speech and I don't believe it's necessary to go to the meetings to have an opinion. The positive part of the statement is that I did love the outcome, but disappointed in the way it is looking now. It doesn't look natural, it looks unkept. Perhaps something can be done about or at least discussed so that those that actually read this article can advise if they like it or not. Not mock me for having an opinion that I don't like the way it looks...

Posted by westsider, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

Claudette, I'm not mocking you. I'm not saying you can't speak about something. I'm suggesting that you actually take the time to make suggestions during the public process, rather than afterward. When something is planned to be constructed in a certain way, and you say nothing, it's kinda silly to pop up later and say you don't like it.

Posted by Pete, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 26, 2009 at 11:06 am

Westsider, your comments have less credibility. You are mocking her. It is what it is. How do you know Claudette has not been part of the process? Your second statement mocks her again.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm

If this indulgent chit-chat doesn't stop, I'm gonna write an essay about cyber bullies and trouble making trolls!!!

Posted by westsider, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Pete, Claudette, its a historical park. Its not supposed to have a groomed appearance. That's my point. It looks just like it was proposed to look.

Posted by Pete, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Granted...I understand. Your last point could of taken care of issue.
It appeared to me an opinion that could of been taken to the City for an answer. Anyhow, that might be a topic for another day.Who,within the City,could you contact specifically pertaining to an item of concern so as to not upset anyone within a special interest group, but only as a private citizen with a question?If this question is indulgent then I'll take that as a compliment.

Posted by westsider, a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I'd think the city website would lead you to parks maintenance, or the city's landscape architect. That'd probably be a good place to start.

Posted by Sarah, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Mar 27, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I deal with the city's services from time to time, for all different concerns/questions.

They're happy to hear from people with such questions or concerns. The city of Pleasanton website has plenty of contact info where she could have reached someone to get an answer. Then she could have posted something like:

"The Alviso Adobe property is designed to have overgrown grass, according to city officials. I think it actualy looks unkept, does anyone share my opinion? In case you weren't aware, the city accepts suggestions every year via the park commission meetings, etc etc..."

Then it could not only share a reflection, but also could have a subtle call to action to keep people involved, or let them know that there are means of making change.

I love the way she responds to her own responses above too. Like, "oh, and one more thing i forgot to say.." Comical. Keep it coming!

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Afterthoughts are pretty common, but I'm glad I'm making you laugh :) and I will keep it coming thanks.

Posted by Tango, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Aug 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Hi! Claudette They wern't sheep at shadow cliffs, they were goats and unless we have a big budget to pay for some, and the goathearder that comes with them. We best leave it to nature to take care of our free range grass. What's so bad about grass anyway. I think it looks natural.

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