Pleasanton has many wonderful amenities and programs for families, particularly those with young children. As the City Council prepares to set its priorities for the next two years, it's time to address an existing gap for "tweens" and teens who live in our community and enjoy a very popular activity.
The current Park and Rec Master Plan was adopted in 2014 and it noted a deficiency to meet the current demand for a skate park. The facility at Val Vista and smaller one at the Ken Mercer Sports Park aren't enough to accommodate the large number of young people who use them.
It's now five years later and the need has only grown over time. Luckily, there's an easy solution to the problem. We have ample space to increase the size of the skate facility at the Sports Park, and the Park and Rec Master Plan provides a conceptual design for the expansion.
Over the years, our Park and Rec Commission has done an excellent job using the master plan as a guide to address gaps in services, including an expansion of our Tennis Park and the creation of a new dog park. When the commission meets later this month to set its priorities, I strongly encourage its members to recommend a skate park expansion for the next two-year planning cycle.
-- Joe Streng,
Former parks and recreation commissioner
Don't take your kids to Disneyland, just drive on West Las Positas from Hopyard to Santa Rita and back. They will be happy with the ride, however you will spend the money you saved on not going to Disneyland on car repairs.
-- Robert Hadley
Holiday gifts for seniors
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley is proud to announce that over 240 Tri-Valley seniors in need received Christmas gifts this past December.
Each year, because of the involvement of community partners and the staff/volunteers at Senior Support Program, Tri-Valley seniors receive holiday gifts. Our Holiday Gift Program ensures they have an inspired and joyful Christmas. Many of our seniors are living alone and need the love and support of our community.
Senior Support Program friendly visitor coordinator Lorie Rolhoff says, "Our beloved seniors are very appreciative and thankful for the gifts. They always marvel how Senior Support Program continues to make this program bigger and better each year."
In addition to the holiday gifts, Lorie also hosts the Friendly Visitor Luncheon for approximately 60-plus seniors each year. This past Dec. 13, Senior Support Program provided a wonderful lunch, holiday entertainment and holiday gifts to 62 seniors in need.
The Holiday Gift Program and Friendly Visitor Luncheon is made possible through the generosity of community supporters such as The Parkview, Cornerstone, YMSL Pleasanton chapter and Senior Support Program Board of Directors.
Thank You! Our Holiday Gift Program truly makes a positive difference in the lives of seniors in our community. Your involvement and support sends a message of caring and backing to seniors in need.
-- Robert Taylor
Executive director, Senior Support Program
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