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Staples Ranch "Neighborhood Park"?

Original post made by Billie, Mohr Park, on Aug 26, 2009

The Parks and Recreation Committee is meeting tomorrow evening (August 27, 2009) to discuss the Staples Ranch Neighborhood Park Master Plan. I don’t know what your idea of a “neighborhood park” is, but I envisioned a little more than two tennis courts, a restroom, a single picnic table, and a walking path around a Zone 7 water detention basin.

According to an August 25, 2009 memo from Steve Bocian and Susan Andrade-Wax to the Parks and Rec Commission, the size of the water detention basin has increased (originally sized at 2.5-3.3 acres) and the park area decreased. As stated in the memo, this is different than what was presented during the Staples Ranch Community Park Master Plan process. What started out as a 5+/- acre neighborhood park has been reduced to, at most, 1.7 usable acres. Once the two tennis courts, restroom and covered picnic table are built, very little area remains for family activities.

The planned dog exercise area has been eliminated completely – not a surprise given how little actual park area remains in the plan. So for all you dog lovers out there, our only open dog park is in Muirwood, with no current plans for any more in Pleasanton.

With the tennis courts taking up most of the remaining planned “park” area, and with a maximum of 8, yes count ‘em 8, parking spaces available for the “park”, the Staples Ranch "Neighborhood Park" has really just become a nicely landscaped tennis court and walking path.

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Posted by Johnny
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Billie, I looked at the article and layout and less than ideal well thought through plan.

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Posted by Enough Already!
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Aug 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm

"the Staples Ranch "Neighborhood Park" has really just become a nicely landscaped tennis court and walking path."

I’m sure the intention was to keep the rest of us focused on picnic tables and parking spaces, and maybe Spear scale/Spearhead/Headwater, Salmon something or other.

Park this, Park that, Neighborhood on this side, Community on that, is all Gobbilty - Gook.

Call it what it is: Staples is an Auto mall/Condo complex – ala Dublin, Hayward, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, style.

Did I forget Tracy?

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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I would sure love to go to a dog park closer to my home. I go to the one in Dublin ,off of Doughity Rd. The one at Muirwood hurts my dogs feet.

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