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New Park on Foothill an eyesore

Original post made by erryja, Lydiksen Elementary School, on Apr 29, 2009

The new park/dairy museum the city put tons of money to develope has turned into an eyesore over the last 90 days. It was just opened 4-5 months ago and you can't get in and the grass hass overgrown and it is not being maintained. What a shame...


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Posted by Stu Gazzo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I don't think I'd call it an eyesore, but I sure think its a waste of money, especially now that the school district is trying to tax homeowners. Money not well spent. Maybe without the dairy that nobody goes to the city could have increased their "loan" to PUSD.

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Posted by Gene
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Apr 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm

What a waste of $4 1/2 million dollars. It is a pity that there doesn't seem to be any vision in how to create historical parks in Pleasanton. The park doesn't look historic and the adobe doesn't look like an adobe at all. To think that the historical Kolb Ranch buildings have now been moved over over to Dublin...very sad.

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Posted by AH
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm

gene i completely agree

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Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 30, 2009 at 8:22 am

This project was approved long before the budget crisis. I think in hind sight the city would have held back on spending the money. The building however is almost exactly like the original. A lot of research went into finding out the history and what the buildings looked like. The are very much the same. Some of the grass is supposed to be over grown that is the type of grass it is. Once it is fully matured it will look nice. Not quite an eyesore but I do agree that if we could have seen the future the city would have spent the money differently(maybe).

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Posted by Robin
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Apr 30, 2009 at 8:26 am

I think it looks great. The sad thing is that the original Foothill Rd was redesigned years ago to build Foothill Knolls and Laguna Oaks. Tree lined and beautiful it was. At least the new park is something going back in time.

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Posted by CM
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 30, 2009 at 8:42 am

First of all the Pleasanton School District and the City of Pleasanton are two completely different agencies. They only share the name Pleasanton in their title and are funded from different tax dollars. The city of Pleasanton is under no obligation to fund the schools in Pleasanton and the “Loan” to the district was not a legal obligation but rather the willingness to help out.

It is easy to complain about a project after it has been completed as some have done. First if you have an expertise in preserving historic monuments I’m sure that the City would be more than happy to listen to your input. And yes there is a “REAL” adobe building on site at the park. Guess I’m just having trouble trying to figure out what a “real historic park” looks like. As far as the Kolb Ranch buildings being moved to Dublin, they were located in Pleasanton by chance and not by design. The only reason they had a Pleasanton address is when Interstate 580 was built it provided a natural dividing line between Pleasanton and Dublin and that land was annexed into Pleasanton since Dublin was in the county area at the time.

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Posted by Judy Person
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 30, 2009 at 10:18 am

The "new" park is just as it ought to be. I wish the silo had been included, and hope it will be someday. The park is most moving, and full of natural and historic features that will benefit everyone for ages to come. Note the hours if you want to find it open, and remember that the schoolchildren of Pleasanton will be visiting it for years and years. Even when it was not open, my grandson and I read the markers and enjoyed the view, thinking of the valley as it used to be. It's even a lovely place to bring a lunch and picnic. I hope the city is able to expand it.

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Posted by Claudette McDermott
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I wrote about this earlier. EYE SORE, UNKEPT, THE LOOK OF AN ABANDONED LOT..... Who ever voted for it to go back to it's natural grassy look has got their wish. Hope they are happy. Looks AWFUL. Loved it when it was First Done. Now left to mother earth she has taken over and is neglecting her baby. This needs to be taken care of so that the money invested in this lot is not considered a loss. Visitors to our lovely town are not going to understand the "Natural Beauty."

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Yesterday a friend and I walked up and around the old adobe and the park that now surrounds it. The area is beautiful, with gorgeous views of the valley. There was a breeze blowing through the grass, and if you get up close you can see the wild flowers in the grass. I am sure that before June 1st the city will have to come in and mow the grass down for fire hazard reasons. But for crying out loud it is Spring and I think the green grass on the hills is beautiful.
Frankly I have been walking by that Adobe for the past 15 years. And before this improvement, it WAS an eyesore. The building was dilapidated, the property locked and inaccessible to the public. If you are only judging this park by simply driving by it, shame on you. It is peaceful, informational and accessible to everyone, absolutely free. I believe this is the type of project that really adds to the quality of life we enjoy in Pleasanton.

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on May 7, 2009 at 7:20 pm

I agree with the folks who pointed out the neglected look of the project. We all assume it's completed, because it's open, but it occurs to me that perhaps they're letting it 'mature' before they finalize things.

I thought that it certainly lacked a 'defensible' area in case of fire.. and, the grasses seem dry and dense all the way down to the road. The whole project would 'look' better if they cleaned up the area between the fence and the road... weeds and some stray grasses lead the impression towards neglect.

Also, it seems that a planted and maintained area with color at each end of the drive [street? Old Foothill] would give the impression that there is 'some' planning involved. Also, a cleared space around the trees planted there would demonstrate care.

But I have to confess, my biggest concern is the fire hazard. With the tall, wild grass down to Foothill Rd., the possibility of a flicked cigarette doing major damage to this expensive restoration is high. There's wild grasses in many of the pastures along Foothill, but this property certainly 'looks' the worst. C'mon, Parks Dep't!!

I hope this isn't too old to get noticed. Jeb.. how about moving it back towards the top. Tnx...