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, firstname.lastname@example.org. or by calling 510-544-2351.