Category Archives: Parks and Open Space

Proper Channels to Breakwater Beach

There has been a secretive effort by city staff to rename one of Alameda’s beaches.  It’s not only bad form, it’s a bad idea. Breakwater Beach is a small beach located at Alameda Point near the Navy’s former campground and … Continue reading

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State Commission Nixes Harbor Bay Hotel Plan

On February 16, 2017, the state’s Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) — tasked with overseeing San Francisco Bay waterfront development — denied Mina Patel a permit to build a 98-room hotel at 2530 Harbor Bay Parkway, about a half-mile south of … Continue reading

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Plan for Trees not Clear Cut

Many beautiful mature trees at Alameda Point could be cut down unless measures are taken to protect them. The second phase of redevelopment at the former Naval Air Station is focused on the Main Street neighborhood. The neighborhood is near … Continue reading

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Hotel Reservations

Good project. Wrong place. A proposed 100-room hotel on the shoreline of Harbor Bay Business Park is facing mounting opposition. If a growing number of residents and organizations get their way, the project will not move forward.

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Feds Prevail on Right to Take McKay

McKay Avenue, the street leading to Crab Cove, used to house a roller coaster before it became a street. It is living up to its legacy. In recent years the battle over the street, and what will become of the … Continue reading

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Council to pressure federal government on park expansion

It’s been a long time coming.  At its upcoming February 17 meeting, the new city council will consider adopting a resolution in support of using the surplus federal property by Crab Cove for park and open space purposes. The resolution … Continue reading

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Turning the Page with the Park District

“Tonight we turn the page,” said President Obama in his recent State of the Union Address. Our new city council has followed suit. On January 21, the city council, at the request of Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese, decided to set … Continue reading

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Feds Continue Crown Beach Court Action

Last July, the Alameda City Council heeded the will of Alameda citizens and zoned federal surplus property near Crab Cove as open space. As a result, private developer Tim Lewis Communities–the same company that is trying to develop the Del … Continue reading

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Parks and Wrecks

It’s no wonder city council and mayoral candidates are focusing on parks this campaign season. Citizens have been up in arms over several park issues in recent years and have had to sponsor three ballot initiatives to keep open space from … Continue reading

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Feds Going to Court Over McKay Avenue

On April 17, the federal government began court proceedings in U.S. District Court to seize McKay Avenue through eminent domain. The street is owned by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and leads to the Crab Cove Visitor Center. … Continue reading

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