Parks and Recreation Commission to hear update on waterslides tonight

Pleasanton residents have asked about plans for popular feature

The Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to hear an update on the status of the waterslides at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area.

Commissioners requested the report at last month's meeting, saying they'd received inquiries from the community regarding the waterslides, which are part of the East Bay Regional Park District's Shadow Cliffs park, which is located within the Pleasanton city limits.

After inspections this winter, Park District staff recommended the waterslides be closed, but the operations committee last month directed staff to study whether an operator might be found to repair the structure and take on future operations and maintenance.

The waterslides are slated for eventual closing in the Shadow Cliffs Land Use Plan Amendment that was adopted last May by the Park District Board of Directors.

Monday evening's public meeting will be held in the City Council chambers in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

The Shadow Cliff Water Sides have been a treasured local amenity for 30 years without costing the taxpayers a dime. This has been a success story of a joint public/private venture, but if we do not speak up in support it will be lost forever.

In the summer of 2008 27,000 tickets were sold. My sons were among the thousands of kids running up the hill and splashing into the pools on those sweltering hot days. They and their friends rode their bikes, clutching the two for one coupon for hours of wholesome affordable fun, literally in our own backyard.

Please tell East Bay Regional Parks District that this valuable Tri-Valley asset must be saved! Saving the slides will not cost taxpayers a dime but local tax revenue will be lost along with this great family friendly amenity if it goes away. Show up to the meeting or send an email of support.
Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission:
Monday 04/16/2012 7pm Pleasanton City Council Chambers,,,,,,,

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Posted by An Involved Father
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

Well written, Julie. I'll be there!

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Posted by Jeff Durban
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

Ever since my boys were 2 years old when we passed by the Waterslides, they would ask me when we were going to go ride the slides. Now, this summer when they are finally old enough and after countless promises from me, I have to tell them the slides are temporarily closed. I have not let them know the slides may never open again, nor could I provide them a compelling reason for the closure.

Please come tonight to the Parks & Rec Meeting to show your support for the slides. Let's not let this treasured attraction be relegated to the dust bin. SAVE OUR SLIDES!

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