The city's pilot program to try out a parklet downtown came to an early end this month thanks to a hit-and-run driver.
The parklet -- a prefabricated deck to provide an outdoor seating area open to the public -- had been in place since last July, installed by the city atop two streetside parking spots on the north side of West Angela Street next to the former Cafe Main building.
The idea was to leave the parklet in place for one year while city officials studied how much it was used and whether residents, visitors and businesses enjoyed having it there.
But they had to remove it several months early after a pickup truck struck the parklet and damaged its railing April 5. The parklet unit was placed in storage while the furniture and planters were undamaged and moved for use at other city facilities, according to city planning manager Ellen Clark.
City staff plans to hold a discussion with the City Council this summer about whether the parklet should be repaired and reinstalled downtown, Clark said.
The parklet, along with a bicycle parking corral across West Angela Street next to Peet's, were envisioned as a year-long pilot program to gauge the effectiveness of adding such public amenities downtown. Their combined pricetag was $31,850.
In the meantime, Pleasanton police are looking into the crash, which occurred around 10:15 p.m. April 5, according to Shannon Revel-Whitaker, community services officer.
The driver of a pickup truck turning right from Main Street onto West Angela Street crashed into the parklet, and then while speeding away, the driver hit another vehicle in the area, Revel-Whitaker said. The driver remains at-large.
The truck was described as a full-size, four-door truck -- either white or silver, possibly Ford or Toyota. Anyone with information about the incident can call police at 931-5100.