Council awards contracts for $16.2-million Bernal Park expansion

New sports fields, 'Grand Meadow' open space to be added to park

The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday awarded construction agreements to start a $16.5-million expansion of Bernal Community Park that will include new sports fields and a "Grand Meadow" called Oak Woodland.

The project will include three lighted multi-purpose all-weather synthetic sports fields, small grass areas, group picnic areas, an area for children's play equipment and drinking fountains. These fields will be an extension of the two lighted baseball fields built several years ago and will include playing areas and bleachers for soccer, rugby, lacrosse, youth football and more baseball fields.

The Oak Woodland area includes asphalt and decomposed granite walkways, benches and a boardwalk with trees and foliage that will eventually make this a dense forest-like park for strollers, relaxing and family get-togethers. All of the new landscape will be irrigated with recycled water.

A split rail fence will replace the chain link fence at the end of the park along Bernal Avenue and along Oak Vista Way, the park's border with homes built on the Bernal site more than 10 years ago.

The council voted unanimously to award the contracts and start construction but only after deleting for the time being the installation of shrubbery until the current drought is over and also a shade screen that would protect sports spectators from the sun. That, too, could be added later.

Following the council's action, construction is expected to start next month and be completed in the fall of next year. Some if not all of the fields should be ready for play in the fall of 2016.

After reviewing 10 bids from contractors, the council accepted the recommendation of city staff and awarded the main contract in the amount of $12,186,991 to Goodland Landscape Construction of Tracy.

Other contracts went to Valley Precision Grading for $2,090,778 for the purchase and installation of all-weather turf fields, and to Harris Design for $408,861, the project's landscape architect, to provide construction support services.

Representatives of Pleasanton's major youth sports organizations have pledged to reimburse the city with $2 million to be raised through fundraisers. In the meantime, the city will borrow that amount from a reserve fund so that the Bernal project can get underway now.

Eight sports leagues signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that calls for them to launch a fundraising campaign pay for part of the Bernal park project. A unique aspect of the MOU is that in the event that within 90 days after the opening of Phase II of Bernal Park, the fundraising campaign has not raised the target amount, then each participating sports group will provide its share of the outstanding fundraising balance over a period of 10 years after the date of the park's opening.

"This MOU really reflects a significant spirit of collaboration that is assisting the city in meeting project funding for this phase of Bernal Park development," City Manager Nelson Fialho said.

Bernal Community Park is a 318 acre tract of city-owned land that was given to the city of Pleasanton in 2000 by Greenbriar Homes.

The developer, with its partners, paid $126 million to acquire the 510-acre Bernal property from the city of San Francisco, which had owned the acreage since the 1930s. At that time, Greenbriar and KB Home received approvals to build 530 homes and apartments on Bernal, which have been completed and are now occupied.

Voters approved the Bernal park master plan two years ago.

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9 people like this
Posted by Steve B
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Apr 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

It's about time we focus on building parks again instead of high density homes and apartments in Pleasanton........come on Jerry, Dublin is on the other side of 580.

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Posted by Cheryl
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 7, 2015 at 9:23 am

We need a moratorium on building NOW! No more apartment complexes built until our water situation is resolved....could be years, . By the way, City Council...where is all the water coming from to supply the 3,000 units scheduled for building in the coming years. I would like to know. We should have fought this more, joined forces with Danville, Orinda, etc and stopped this mass of humanity coming into these areas. Our town can not withstand this amount of traffic, crime, & whatever else comes with it! I want to see a moratorium on building for several years until we get our water back on track. Maybe by then, I won't around to see the devastation that these complexes will due to my town, Pleasanton.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Developer projects should not be approved until the developer agrees to bring the water to the project by way of yearly water shares. For each acre of development, the developer must bring one acre foot of yearly water shares to the project beginning with the sale or rental of the first housing unit, that the shares of water are for the live of the development. Any excess is reverted to the city for other residential use and or as needed.

5 people like this
Posted by Michael L.
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Apr 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Why doesn't the city build pipes to bring processed waste water back to where it can be used instead of spending millions on a park that will need watering. How many millions of gallons of waste water are we processing and then dumping in to the ocean?

For the people who think that developers should bring water to Pleasanton, there isn't any water to bring. Have you looked at a drought map or at pictures of the reservoirs? We are in the 5th year of a severe drought, it is now exceptionally severe. The snow pack, reservoirs and lakes don't have any extra water. We are on the way to running out.

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Posted by Frustrated
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 8, 2015 at 9:41 am

It would be nice if people informed themselves before posting. The article referenced already stated the new park would be watered using recycled water and it has some new turf fields that don't need watering. The city also had already voted to repipe existing parks and fields to use recycled water. Anyone who has kids playing sports in Pleasanton, or even just using the parks, already knows the challenges of keeping those fields safe during the drought. It's not about looking pretty. It's about having fields that are not dirt and potholes especially for fall sports. I applaud the city for taking the steps to look at longterm solutions to keep our kids safe and our family focus intact.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

It makes sense to build parks because there is an increase in buildings in Plutonia. Where will children with no yards who live in condos enjoy the beauty of neighborhoods if there's no place to hang out?


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Posted by Nicole
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 9, 2015 at 3:55 pm

I would like to know when we will have a TEEN Center in this town? It would be great to see a recreation center somewhere in this town where teens would be encouraged to go and hang out. so many teens have nothing to do, no where to go on a Friday/Saturday night. How about a clean-well lighted place for them that they can go play ping pong, foos ball, play music and hang out? Right now, on any given night you will find teens hanging out in front of safeway or jack in the box. C'mon Ptown!

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Posted by you fund it
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm

@Nicole -- if you want a place for your kids to go then figure out how YOU can pay for it. I have paid enough in taxes for a lifetime of kids and I have none. I have paid to repair the damage done to my home and yard from the kids at the continuation school who trash everything in sight as they walk by. I will not pay for a place for your kids to trash at the expense of the taxpayers.

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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 9, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Part of the Bernal Park plans include a teen center/community center.

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Posted by Bill W.
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 9, 2015 at 8:55 pm

How can the city approve more housing when they can't provide water to the residents they already have?

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Posted by Joe Y
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 10, 2015 at 7:42 am

Good show Pleasanton...leading the way.

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Posted by Nicole
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

@youfundit We all pay taxes for a variety of things that we may never use. As far as kids from the continuation high school trashing your place, I feel that many kids who end up at Village do so because they get into trouble after school or fall in with the wrong crowd (some just go there because our high schools while great for some kids are just too big or not the right fit for them) Not all the teens at that school are trashing your house/lawn. Not sure if you didn't know that school was there when you moved into your place? Anyway, I work with many teens here in Ptown, and I know for a fact that many feel that the downtown businesses don't like them, and this town has nothing for them to do- they go to neighboring communities for activities like bowling, ice skating, movies and more. All that is available to them currently here in Pleasanton is the mall. We have a senior center which is I am sure not used at night, why not let teens use it at night? Pretty much all the activities that go on there for seniors end by 3pm. Staff it and have after school activities, movie nights, dances, and mixers. It is a beautiful facility. It's a shame we haven't been using it more. Heck, maybe even some of the seniors may enjoy being there with the young people and would be willing to teach them a thing or two- like how to play pool. :) I'm all about solutions, not complaints so I am happy to hear they are planning a teen center at the Bernal site. I will look more closely at the plan.

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Posted by you fund it
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm

@nicole -- I think you have hit the nail on the head -- "I work with many teens here in Ptown, and I know for a fact that many feel that the downtown businesses don't like them". There are good reasons that the merchants and the shoppers don't like the kids. Let's start with the skateboarding everywhere, running into people, even where it is posted as not allowed. Or how about those who sit around outside Tully's and take up all the tables, get into food fights and leave their trash for everyone else to pick up. Or the ones who go into stores downtown with no thought of doing anything other than stealing from the merchants. Yup, you got it. They are not wanted there because none of the spoiled brats in this town seem to have any common courtesy or work ethics. I can hardly wait to see how quickly they manage to trash the teen center in the new park. Your really think those misfits will want to hang out in a drug, alcohol and smoke free environment? Think again.

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