More than 450 people participated in a hike last Saturday to protest against Creekside Memorial Cemetery proposed for the Tassajara Valley.
The event logistics were organized mostly by San Ramon community members along with some residents from Danville and Dublin.
San Ramon Vice Mayor Phil O'Loane also helped organize the protest. He has been open to the community and his fellow councilmen about his opposition of the plans for the cemetery.
Seth Adams of Save Mount Diablo, an organization that focuses on preserving Mount Diablo's natural lands, led the hike.
"People brought out tents, cases of water, they developed a traffic control plan and there were volunteers directing parking. They even brought a megaphone because they knew it would be a large turnout," he said.
Adams directed the group through the Tassajara ridge to the proposed cemetery site and explained the land use planning processes to them. The tour provided a visual of how much land would be developed and the cemetery's proximity to neighboring homes.
Organizers began planning the protest following a well-attended public workshop held by city council in June to bring awareness to the cemetery project.
Creekside Memorial Cemetery would be located at 7000 Camino Tassajara and occupy 58.7 acres of an approximately 222-acre space in unincorporated Contra Costa County east of the San Ramon city limits.
The plans for the project from developer Sid Corrie include four outdoor mausoleums, one indoor mausoleum, an administrative office and chapel building, storage building, corporation yard and space for over 100,000 burial plots.
Some of the concerns expressed by community members about the development include: the effects on the environment, potentially negative impacts on air quality during and after construction, destroying wildlife habitats, increased neighborhood traffic and lack of an adequate amount of water.
The land that the cemetery would occupy is under Contra Costa County's jurisdiction. The city of San Ramon does not have voting power over the issue; however, it is an area of interest to the city and some community members living close to the site.
"One of the main goals of the hike was to demonstrate concern, and that concern will ripple out to more San Ramon residents and people from other communities," Adams said.