The park is planned for a 27-acre parcel bounded by Constitution Way, Atlantic Avenue, and Sherman Street, which was formerly Alameda Beltline Railroad property.
The City of Alameda secured the property at its original purchase price thanks to the research and advocacy of Alameda resident Jean Sweeney, who died in 2011.
The design is anchored on three core theme areas for the park: Urban Agriculture; Nature in the City; and Community Gathering, and will integrate the park into the Cross Alameda Trail.
Highlighted features of the planned park include:
- Active use areas on the east and west sides each with a parking lot, restroom, and natural-based playground;
- Picnic area with a gazebo, open lawn, and picnic pavilion. This provides an area for community rentals; however, no amplified sound will be allowed;
- Outdoor classroom adjacent to the community garden for use by schools and the College of Alameda who are studying the history, botany and environmental aspects of the park;
- Natural open space with pedestrian-only trails through the central portion;
- A bike skills loop with elements and obstacles to provide recreation and improved bike skills;
- Picnic tables, benches, and bicycle racks located throughout the park;
- A one-acre, fenced community garden with plots available to Alameda residents;
- One-acre of demonstration gardens and urban orchard; and
- Educational signage and displays on the railroad history and local biology.
A presentation on the plan is included below.
The city currently has $6.5 million in funding for design and construction of the first two phases of the park. The total cost of park construction is estimated at $12 million.