Have an opinion on Shadow Cliffs? Come to a scoping meeting May 4

East Bay Regional Park District to host meeting May 4 to gather public input on popular recreation area

The East Bay Regional Park District is in the process of making a new land use plan for Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area and wants the public's input.

The park district will hold a community scoping meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 4 at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

The plan, which will amend a previous one, will set a long-term vision for the facilities and management at the popular park located on Stanley Boulevard. Shadow Cliffs, comprising 266 acres, includes an 86-acre lake with a beach for swimming, boat launch, fishing piers, picnic areas and a four-flume waterslide park.

The future of the park is a topic has been discussed at length over the years and has made for some contentious battles. A developer of the waterslides, Glenn Kierstead, had at one time proposed to expand it into a multi-million-dollar California Splash waterpark. Kierstead, who has owned the waterslides since 1980, won approval for the expansion in 2004, but only after a number of public meetings and to the chagrin of many residents who were concerned about increase traffic and noise.

At the time, the project was backed by the East Bay Regional Park District, which saw the waterpark as a revenue generator. But after many delays, the project never came to fruition. Steel frames are all that can be seen of the new construction by drivers passing by on Stanley and in 2007, Kierstead said he was abandoning the plans due to an illness and the lack of ability to raise money to cover costs, which were exponentially increasing.

In November, park district board member Ayn Wieskamp, whose district covers Pleasanton, said park district staff had been discussing what to do with the structures--tear them down or complete them--and that a decision will come after holding a series of public forums so residents can give their input.

Wieskamp said some repair work was completed last year on the slides. The Rapids Waterslides will open for the spring and summer season on weekends beginning May 23. It will be open every day beginning June 13 through Labor Day weekend.

Those who aren't able to attend the meeting can submit their input to the park district by email to park planner Anne Rivoire, or by calling 510-544-2351.

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Posted by Bobart99
a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

we reside in Autumn Glen near Orloff Park area..........tear those incomplete buildings down. We don't need anymore reason for cut through traffic from Santa Rita to Morganfield to Kolln to Valley. We have enough speeders and stop sign runners as it is. The speed limit is 25 and I have seen folks go near the park at 40 MPH.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm


We like the slides, and I don't see any increased traffic because of them. Santa Rita and Valley are busy roads by where you live, but that has more to do with the transfer station and Alisal than with the Shadow Cliff slides.

Keep the slides, the kids enjoy them!

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Posted by downtown resident
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:47 am

Go with the dog park idea. There is only one dog park in Pleasanton and it is far from downtown, not to mention it is not a very nice dog park and narrow. No one is ever there and we have to drive all the way to Livermore or San Ramon.

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Posted by Libertarian
a resident of Castlewood
on May 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Leave those structures as they are. They belong to the owner. This is about property rights! If the park had just let the developer build what he wanted to originally, the project would be done and he'd be making money like a good old fashioned hard working American!

We should sell all our parks in Pleasanton and let the future owners decide if the land should remain (private) parks (with market-driven entrance fees) or develop them as they see fit.

Get the government out of the parks business! Parks are a total waste of my tax dollars! I never use them, why should I pay for them? Just more suburban welfare!

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