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City Announces Planning Sessions for Beltline Park

Planning for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park on the old Beltline property begins in February, 2013.

Planning for a park on the old Beltline property begins in February, 2013.

Just hours after Action Alameda News published a letter from a reader regarding planning for a park on the former Alameda Beltline railway land, the City of Alameda formally announced the planning sessions.

The site extends from Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue, by the Alameda Food Bank, to Sherman Avenue. Near the east end of the site is an old building that once served as the Alameda Beltline headquarters.

The City of Alameda says that community design input meetings will be held Saturday, February 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the O’Club at 641 W. Redline Ave. and Wednesday, February 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., 3rd Floor.

The Feb. 13th meeting be televised live on Alameda TV, channel 15 on local cable service.

In a statement, Alameda Recreation and Park Director Amy Wooldridge said, “It is remarkable to have this large of a site available for new park development in an urban area. Now is the time for Alamedans to design this significant and historical space from its inception.”

The statement also provided statistics on existing parks in Alameda: Lincoln Park is 7.8 acres, Longfellow Park is only 1.14 acres and the City portion of Washington Park is 14.7 acres.

The Recreation and Parks Department is also soliciting feedback through surveys available online at the department’s website at www.cityofalamedaca.gov/Recreation or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/playARPD.

Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Recreation and Parks Commission on March 14th. From there, a final recommendation will to City Council for review.

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