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Neighbors question Pleasanton's Woodthrush Park's park's lack of amenities

Original post made on May 24, 2013

When Alan Mode received his copy of the Summer 2013 Activities Guide, he noted the list of Pleasanton parks and their amenities.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 24, 2013, 7:12 AM

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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Castlewood
on May 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

Sounds like he should donate some amenities.

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Posted by former neighbor
a resident of Birdland
on May 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

I couldn't disagree with Alan Mode more. With the Sports Park just one block away, Woodthrush Park is a perfect contrast to the high activity level in the Sports Park. The sloping grassy area was the perfect place for me to teach both my kids how to ride a bike with a soft grassy landing for the inevitable falls. The perimeter paths are generally busy enough with walkers, with or without dogs. There might be a 6 and under soccer practice once in a while there. Picnic tables? What's wrong with bringing a blanket and sitting down on the grass? Again, if you want a busy park, the Sports Park, is, what, 100 feet away?

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Birdland
on May 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

I agree with both people above. The park is perfect the way it is. We use it all the time to play our sports, take walks and ride our bikes around. With all the other parks available in our community you can find whatever you are looking for and is one of the reasons we love Pleasanton. Keep it the way it is!

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Posted by Karen
a resident of Birdland
on May 24, 2013 at 9:29 am

They sell portable picnic tables. Just sayin'

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Posted by lucky
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on May 24, 2013 at 9:43 am

He should be so lucky to have a choice of neighborhood parks in his neighborhood. In our neighborhood there are no city parks. They have talked about some type of park in the Vineyard corridor on the old land fill but with the methane issue there I don't ever see that happening. Plus it was not going to be designed as a park with grass area; more natural I believe. Then they said we can use the fields on the Neal Elementary School. That ain't going to happen either. The houses here all pay the same park fees as other neighborhoods but there is no park here.

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Posted by Lani
a resident of Birdland
on May 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

Woodthrush Park is perfectly unspoiled just the way it is.

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Posted by Ben Johansen
a resident of Birdland
on May 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

Misleading headline.
Should read: Neighbor questions....
One person? Big deal. Why do newsgroups try to sensationalize a minor news item?
Must be new to the neighborhood. As the article states, I think the majority of us like how the park is now.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Leave it the way it is.

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Posted by Dennis Orphal
a resident of Birdland
on May 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm

We moved to Blackbird Dr. in Nov. 1972. We were the last house on the street at that time. The housing was completed to Woodthrush in 1973 and the park was designated. BUT the city had no money for trees. The neighborhood took up a collection and bougt the trees, the city loaned us the use of an auger for the weekend, and the neighbors all got together on a Saturday and planted all the trees that now cirlce the park. The center was left open on purpose for activities that required significant open space.

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Posted by Randy
a resident of Mission Park
on May 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Be careful what you wish for Mr Mode. I live by Mission Hills Park which has plenty of amenities for the neighborhood residents to use. The problem is the park is very popular with those throughout the city and beyond. It doesn't have onsite parking, only street parking, so the visitors have to park in front of the residences taking parking away from the people living nearby. Then when then leave they dump their garbage on the street or in the yards while getting in their cars. The nice thing about small neighborhood parks is that the neighbors walk to it and take care of it while the out of area people just abuse it.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Birdland
on May 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

This park is perfect the way it is. Mr Mode walk 100' and you have the best park in the bay area. Residents let's not let this squeaky wheel get his way, participate in the debate when this comes to a public hearing. Write a letter to your councilman or drop them an email. too often the few override the greater good. Don't let it happen on this one. Birdland residents unite!!!

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Birdland
on May 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

Leave Woodthrush Park alone. If you need amenities, use the Sports Park.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

what the heck is an amenity? a toilet? A cafe? Swings?

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Posted by Woodthrush as is
a resident of Birdland
on May 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Woodthrush has it all . Leave as is . Little walk would do Alan good, at Sports Park. has all amenities he could want. Just walk a few more steps. Use a blanket to picnic. Its only 3 acres and too small for tables, kids playground. It has lights, benches, trash bins, pathways, and well maintained grass and trees. All your grumbling will just giveaway a best kept secret in Pleasanton. The neighbor hood park is perfect. Move to Dublin Alan. Hope Ms Wax doesn't believe bigger or more is better!

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Posted by member
a resident of Birdland
on May 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

Leave park how it is! Picnic tables and and restrooms would bring in more negative than positive. Plus, with two small kids, we walk to the sports park's playgrounds all the time!

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Posted by park neighbor
a resident of Birdland
on May 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

The park is fine the way it is. As a previous poster mentioned, the park was essentially paid for by the neighborhood bordering the park and "improvements" were never part of the plan. They still aren't. There are plenty of improved parks around, and this is a small gem in town. It's used by many but is still peaceful As a neighbor of the park, we do not welcome additional cars, parking problems in front of homes and noise. It's there for all. Those who want more noise, "amenities," have plenty of places to go-and a big one 100 ft further on down the path.

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Posted by Kim
a resident of Del Prado
on May 28, 2013 at 6:34 am

Guess they told YOU

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Birdland
on May 28, 2013 at 8:20 am

This park is great the way it is. It is such a peaceful spot of unspoiled green to walk around or view as we pass by. It's nice to have a variety of parks so close by to use for applicable activities. Just leave well enough alone.

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Posted by Mani
a resident of Birdland
on May 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

Bunch of oldies here. My little Kids want to play on swings and climb on things, not sit on a blanket and watch the sunset. Think about the young families too.

And oh yeah, not every kid in this town plays soccer, lacrosse or football at the sports park.

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Posted by park neighbor
a resident of Birdland
on May 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Mani, if your kids want to play on swings and climb, take them to one of the many parks where there are things to climb on or build these things in your backyard. like we all have done. Calling us "oldies" is stupid and misinformed. We're not old, just know the value of things unspoiled. And no, not every kid plays sports in the sports park; many of them use Woodthrush Park too.

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Posted by off your fanny, mani
a resident of Parkside
on May 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Mani has to be a troll. No one is that lazy or self absorbed. Just think, he'd have to walk all the way to either of the playsets that are just west and east of the pass through to the sportspark from woodthrush. If that's too much effort, buy or build a some swings or a playhouse for your darling, spoiled ninas.

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Posted by Fozzy
a resident of Birdland
on May 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I've lived on the park for 5 years, and find it inconceivable that someone would want to change our Woodthrush Park. As many of our good neighbors have stated, the Sports Park not only has all the amenities that Mr Mode and Mani desire, the Sports Park is actually closer to Mr Mode's residence than Woodthrush Park. I walk the park multiple times daily and love the peace and serenity it provides. Within the past week, I have seen a child's birthday party, a woman with 4 young (2 year old) boys on a playdate, teenagers throwing frisbees, parents teaching their children soccer and softball, together with the regular neighbors walking, jogging, cycling, and walking their dogs. Everything you could think of, with plenty of space and without crowds. When we bought our house, it was Woodthrush Park that sold us on the place! We too like the occasional larger park and we go to the Sports Park on those occasions. Mr Mode/Mani, we have the best of both worlds. Why on earth would you want to mess up this amazing neighborhood. I will fight furiously to prevent any of these changes!!!

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