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History of the Beltline Railyard

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THE RAILYARD IS A WONDERFUL, NATURAL MEDITATIVE SPACE WITHIN OUR CITY.

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Looking west, you can see San Francisco. Looking east, the Oakland Hills. It's a natural classroom. Seasonal freshwater ponds support the Pacific Chorus frog. It is also home to red and blue bellied lizards, and many species of birds, including hawks and owls.

There are Jackrabbits, egrets, ducks, dragonflies, butterflies, and blackberry picking all summer long. The property can accommodate bike and walking trails, preserve a right-of-way for a future transit corridor, and serve to reduce automobile traffic.

Currently the Beltline is in legal limbo due to a lawsuit between the Railroad and the City of Alameda.

Meanwhile, the "Cross Alameda Trail" – which is proposed to bisect the railyard (and preserve at least part of the beltline) – is now under way. In March and April 2004, Rails to Trails will be conducting a survey on the trail. Read more . . .