Work continuing on Bernal Park expansion with opening set for May

$16.5-million project will add lighted sports fields, 'Grand Meadow'

Construction of the $16.5-million expansion of Bernal Community Park is proceeding on schedule with plans now to open the new sports fields and a "Grand Meadow" called Oak Woodland next May.

The project includes 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, already installed, replaces 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.

All underground water and sewer facilities and storm drains have been installed, as well as all grading for the Woodland. Topsoil has been added and trees were planted Sept. 30.

Motorists on both Bernal and Valley avenues can also see green native grasses just starting to germinate from hydro seeding and the recent rains.

The contractor is currently working on hardwiring the tall field lights that were installed last month, so far the most dominant feature of the new park. This work should be completed this month.

Parking lots to accommodate the sports fields and woodlands visitors will be paved in January.

Shade structures and other small buildings planned for the park are being built off-site and will be installed in the early part of 2016.

"We are on time and on track with our projected milestones for the Bernal Community Park and are very excited with the progress and the way things are starting to shape up," said Tracy Dunne, the city's public information officer.

The main contractor for the project is Goodland Landscape Construction of Tracy, who is being paid $12,186,991 for the work. 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 borrowed that amount from a reserve fund so that the Bernal project could get underway.

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 three years ago.

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Posted by Don
a resident of Ironwood
on Dec 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

SPORTS, SPORTS, SPORTS AND MORE SPORTS!!! What about THE ARTS? What happened to the planned theater complex that was suppose to be included in the New Bernal Park area? While I wouldn't be in favor of an outside type theater, I would think a smaller venue with 500 seats would be appropriate. Livermore has the Bankhead Theater and it is a great place, even hosting what used to be Pleasanton Playhouse, now called Tri Valley Rep. but yet their offices still exist in Pleasanton. The Amador Theater on the campus of Amador High School is not a good place for several reasons, even after undergoing many upgrades over the years. The new Firehouse Theater is small and quaint and it also has it's drawbacks.

2 people like this
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Dec 3, 2015 at 4:06 am

So what happened to the four more baseball fields, we already have numbers four and six up and running I believe and where's the basket ball courts that were spoke of. This was suppose to be a center piece, compareable to Dublins Fallon complex, it's nothing close. This is just another example of Pleasanton BS. This place will become Pleasanton PDs new stomping grounds for all its great places for illegal activity, including the the off leash dog walkers and model plane enthusiast who will treat this place like it's own doggie poop park like the rest of the town. Wonder how many fix the Pleasanton PD has written for illegal dog waste or off leash violations ? Can someone post those stats ? Bet they don't exist. Will soon be the same message Shadow cliffs back lakes have become. Good luck for this place becoming anything more than a giant doddie poop place like the sports park.

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Posted by Phydeaux
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 3, 2015 at 9:05 am

blah, blah, dog poo. Yawn.

A dog park and a few bag stations would solve any such perceived problems (accent on "perceived").

Please congratulate NWWP on having so few problems that this one stands-out. Web Link

And remember, folks: Web Link

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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2015 at 9:42 am

The dog problems are real and if you can't keep your off leash dog under control, I call the police. And they do respond; I've seen it.

5 people like this
Posted by Phydeaux
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

I will speak to my human. Web Link

4 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

It wasn't really hilarious when our dog was attacked because some idiot couldn't control her dog or keep it on a leash.

Too bad a lot of owners do need training.

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Posted by NewFields
a resident of Castlewood
on Dec 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm

I see three small fields with lights - but they are not regulation size fields for soccer or football, rugby etc....

it looks like the two fields next two each other could possibly be combined to make one field for an actual game, but that' it.

Were these supposed to be three regulation sized fields, or am I missing something???

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