A good plan for downtown, but can city officials get it approved? | Tim Talk | Tim Hunt | PleasantonWeekly.com |

Local Blogs

Tim Talk

By Tim Hunt

E-mail Tim Hunt

About this blog: I am a native of Alameda County, grew up in Pleasanton and currently live in the house I grew up in that is more than 100 years old. I spent 39 years in the daily newspaper business and wrote a column for more than 25 years in add...  (More)

View all posts from Tim Hunt

A good plan for downtown, but can city officials get it approved?

Uploaded: Oct 30, 2014

The city has grand plans to integrate the Firehouse Theater into the two downtown parks on First Street—Lions Wayside and Delucchi to enhance the green spaces downtown.
The parks are used for the summer Fridays in the Park musical series and often are overflowing with spectators for popular acts.
The plan for the area would place the creek that divides the property into a large pipe so it can be covered and ground utilized. The creek already is in pipes under downtown streets (Neal, Abbie, Angela) as well as in a pipe when it runs under Kottinger Avenue, under the Pleasanton Gardens senior housing complex and adjoining homes on Second Street and then under First Street before re-emerging in the park.
The plan is logical, but will require approvals from state and federal wildlife agencies. That should be a no-brainer, but there is no guarantee, despite the amount of time the creek is encased in concrete currently. The Army Corps. of Engineers can be particularly challenging when it comes to waterways and there is no cakewalk with the wildlife agencies despite the reality that the only water source for the creek during summer and fall months is irrigation runoff (not so in this drought and water-restricted years).
Covering the creek to expand the land area and remove that barrier is critical to plans to build a new and larger band shell nearer Railroad that would allow a greater range of musical acts as well as create more space for spectators. It's the right approach and would knit together the city-owned facilities and open space.
Notably, this is the same creek that runs in the linear park along Kottinger Avenue. The city spent nearly $1 million during Jennifer Hosterman's term as mayor to remove non-native species and replant the creek bed because a neighbor liked to look at the reeds and willows. That decision did nothing to improve the situation should there be torrential rainfall (Pleasanton Gardens flooded 25 years ago in such a rain event when the culvert could not handle the heavy flows).
The City Council approved the park plan, estimated to cost about $4.5 million, so it will now be up to the staff to work with the appropriate agencies and win the approval for encasing the creek. The city's history with agencies at the Callipe Preserve Golf Course is pretty dismal, so here's hoping they have learned or can find the right consultants to get it done.

We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?


There are no comments yet for this post

Follow this blogger.
Sign up to be notified of new posts by this blogger.



Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Get the most important local news stories sent straight to your inbox daily.

"How Can We Be Happy Again?" Part 2
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,470 views

Brave and Valley Christian Center marry
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 800 views


The Readers' Choice ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Pleasanton Weekly Readers' Choice" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 16. Stay tuned for the results in the June 25 issue of the Pleasanton Weekly.