Thousands here starting today for swim meet, soccer games, holiday shopping, parade and tree-lighting

Traffic flow plan in place to avoid congestion on Santa Rita Road, Black Avenue

The Pleasanton Seahawks Swim team will host a three-day swim meet starting today at the city's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center with the event continuing through Sunday on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

The meet, which will begin at 9 a.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday, is expected to draw about 2,000 swimmers and spectators who will begin to arrive each morning by 7 a.m.

Downtown Pleasanton also is expected to be filled with shoppers tonight evening and again tomorrow, with Farmers Market also looking for large crowds tomorrow morning.

Then at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Main Street will be closed for the annual Hometown Holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony that will start at 5 p.m., stepping off from the Amador Valley high School parking lot parade assembly area, less than a block from the aquatic center.

All this is happening just as the boys soccer tournament already under way at Amador ends its final games Saturday afternoon with players and supporters jockeying for parking places and drop-off points at the school.

As one parent said, "That whole area around the school and aquatic park is going to be a nightmare."

But Pleasanton spokeswoman Joanne Hall said representatives of the city and the Seahawks are working together to find parking spaces for swim meet participants and avoid congestion on Santa Rita Road and Black Avenue during the event.

"City staff has developed a traffic flow system for the Aquatic Center to facilitate competitor drop-off, and participants have been notified of pre-designated parking locations that would reduce the impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods," she said.

For more information, contact Frances Steuer-Silva at (925) 931-3422.


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Posted by Amador parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

Are you kidding me? Don't the city event planners talk to each other? There is also a boys soccer tournament at Amador that has been going on all week and will finish on Sat afternoon. That whole area around the school and aquatic park is going to be a nightmare.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

For those that want to grocery shop at Safeway, there will be no parking.

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Posted by Benjamin
a resident of Gatewood
on Dec 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

What a great city that we have such a wide variety of fun family activities!!!

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Posted by Amador mom
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 3, 2010 at 7:23 am

Yes to Benjamin! Thank you weekly for letting us know ahead so that we can plan our trips about town accordingly, or just know what's going on so that we have the patience to wait an extra couple of minutes in traffic.
Pleasanton is wonderful town in which to live and raise children!

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Posted by awesome
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

This is great, think of the extra business the surrounding business' will bring in with all these activities. I understand the frustration it can bring when trying to find a parking space, but at least you know before hand and can plan your activities accordingly. I think its awesome that we have these activities going on.

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Posted by Stan
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Dec 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm

This is a good article. It is helpful to get the word out so we can plan driving (or not driving) on days like this. Circumnavigate Pleasanton on Saturday and Sunday.

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