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Shadow Cliffs waterslides may be closed this summer

Original post made on Feb 16, 2012

East Bay Regional Park District is saying that annual inspections done last month show that the waterslides at Shadow Cliffs park are not safe enough to open this summer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7:30 AM

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Posted by End of an Era
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:21 am

I sincerely hope they don't close the slides. I have so many great memories of that place, some of my best growing up. I hope the Parks District recognizes that it is a Pleasanton staple, and I think it definitely increases traffic to Shadow Cliffs overall.

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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:55 am

I just sent an e-mail to Ms. Wieskamp asking her to please consider keeping the water slides at Shadow Cliffs open. Her e-mail is Please send her an e-mail to encourage her and her colleagues to be open to any repair proposals that make financial sense and would enable the water slides to be open this summer.

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Posted by OldTimer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

The park district declared last year their goal was to shut down the slides and replace them with an intrepretive center. I'm sure that will draw the crowds from around the area. They won't give the operator a long lease so that they can improve what they have and have a chance to recover their costs. This is just their latest ploy to shut the place down. I wonder if they are considering the parking revenue they will lose from closing the slides down.

Keep the slides! Our kids (in my case grandkids) need them.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

Government stikes again. Wish they would just go away and leave us alone. This is the hidden cost of big government. Too many employees with nothing to do but control what we do. Ever worked for a big company, the analogy is the people from corporate who come around to "help".

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Posted by Kerri
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

Please keep the slide open. It is the best, most fun and affordable summer activity for my young children.

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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:47 am

No ice arena, for winter or summer fun. Now no water slide for summer fun. What are our children and grandchildren suppose to do, stay home and play vidio games all day? Stand on street corners and do drugs. When I was young , we could roam the world. We had no cell phones or T Vs. We earned our parents trust by showing we were responsible, We were able to roam the hills and the creeks. Now there are no trespassing signs every where. I know to much liability. We have so programed our children that they have to be entertained that they are lost without outside help. Now days we can't trust our children to not get themselves in trouble. There will be no place they can go and be under some kind of supervision. They need to exersize and be outside having fun. Roaming the mall is also not the answer. I know kids that all they do is roam around with their friends not having a place to go and have fun.

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Posted by xptowner
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

OldTimer, You hit the nail on the head! Funny how last year the slides were fine but now they're unsafe.

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Posted by Informed Resident
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

It's sad when government agencies decide to put something out of business under the guise of "someday we might have a better use for the property." By going to a year-to-year lease, the operator can not barrow the required capital to do meaningful improvements, talented employees flee to more stable jobs, etc... With cut backs in government funds, many planned projects will not be able to be funded. Why not keep what's working in place until government actually has the money in hand to build what it wants to. After all, isn't it "the people's resources" we are talking about!

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Posted by OldTimer
a resident of Avignon
on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

You are right Tango, with the video games. Maybe the park district will include a video game in the interpretive center that mimics kids sliding down a waterslide. We talk about our concern for obesity in kids, then we take away something that gives them exercise. That hike to the top of the waterslide uses up a lot of calories. I just can't imagine much exercise in an interpretive center.

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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

Did we all forget all of us voted just a couple years ago $500 million went to the EBRPD? Get real, they have the money - unless their new helicopter and many, many land aquisitions emptied the funds.

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Posted by Ellie
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Feb 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I'm just relieved no lefty loons have started quacking about water conservation and global warming. Has anyone suggested maybe opening the property to a Walmart maybe? I'd love to have another Walmart as an option to so many high priced grocery stores in the area.

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Posted by Grandma
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 18, 2012 at 6:29 am

Worried about your kids spending too much time playing video games and watching TV? Simple solution...don't buy them, and just say no and stick to it. Instead go for a walk or hike at Shadow Cliffs , or any of our beautiful parks. Pack a picnic, go swimming, take a bike ride. There are many other options for families to spend time together.

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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

Wow, I can hardly wait for that Interpretive Center to open -- Right!!

I can just hear my grandchildren, "Please Grandpa, don't make us go to the Interpretive Center again!"

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Posted by Holly
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Thanks, Kelly. Just sent my email to Ms. Wieskamp at to implore the park district to work with Shadow Cliffs to make their typical summer opening happen, along with the reasons why.

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Posted by Own bootstraps!
a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Feb 20, 2012 at 12:06 am

No special treatment, no intervention, no bailout.... this is the true American business model that ensures the survival of only the leanest and most deserving of companies!

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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 20, 2012 at 8:08 am


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Posted by Bella
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

Grandma get real. Back in your day that might work, not today. Shadow Cliffs isn't the only problem.The swim center on Black Ave. will be closed as well. Why isn't anybody getting to work on these projects now? It's not like it's raining everyday. Come on people, lets get moving. Lets not set our children up for failure because we're too lazy to do it now.

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Posted by Aqua Pleasure
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

With the draught and all, the reservoirs are low and many of the streams are all but dried up. It's imperative we put our water to good use. Water may not be available at all next year. We should put our kids' pleasure first.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

What is the compensation package for say... a Park District Board Member? Is it primarily a volunteer job? Just trying to connect some dots here.

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Posted by Dianna
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

The slides have been a great asset to families of the TriValley, please keep them open for future generations to enjoy.

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Posted by Erica
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

It will be truely heartbreaking if the slides are closed permanently. I grew up in Dublin, and we held family reunions at the park for several years, I know so many people have fantastic memories of times spent here. There aren't that many entertainment options around that both young kids and adults can enjoy - let's put some dollars and effort into keeping this one alive.

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