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Re-Grouping on the Beltline
Today we mourn the loss of Jean Sweeney, whose dedication and spirit won the day for Alameda Open Space at the Beltline, now formally called Jean Sweeney Open Space Preserve. Her leadership will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to her family and loved ones for their loss.
The family asks that donations be made in her name to pancreatic cancer research at University of California San Francisco at https://makeagift.ucsf.edu/hospitals or to Heifer International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting world hunger through self-reliance at www.heifer.org.
After ten years and several court appearances Union Pacific railroad delivered a grant deed to the city of Alameda, California for the controversial Beltline property. Thanks to tenacity and steadfast vision, residents of this quaint island town can rehabilitate vernal ponds of the Pacific Chorus frog, restore nesting grounds, and enjoy nature in their hard-won community park.
The City is very close to winning the Belt Line case, has committed funds for the purchase of the land, and has proposed the formation of a community task force to drive the process forward.
LITIGATION UPDATE Since Measure E passed, we have been waiting on the courts to determine whether and how the City might be able to obtain the Beltline property. The Alameda Open Space Group, while waiting on the lawsuit (See California Appellate Courts, Alameda Belt Line v. City of Alameda, Case No. A099429, District 1, Division 5), is working with Rails to Trails on a Cross Alameda Trail. (Rails to Trails)
PUBLIC COMMENT DUE BY APRIL 15, 2005
Progress!! The City of Alameda has compiled a draft of the Cross Alameda Trail Feasibility Study and has posted it on the City's web site. (www.ci.alameda.ca.us/publicworks/crossalameda.html) SCROLL DOWN to find the links to the Chapters in pdf. The proposed Cross Alameda Trail would connect Alameda Point with the Miller-Sweeney (Fruitvale) Bridge, and has the potential to link together major destinations and redevelopment areas along Alameda's northern shore.
Send comments via EMAIL to email@example.com OR in hard copy form to:
Barry Bergman, Public Works Department, 950 West Mall Square, Room 110, Alameda, CA 94501
Visit http://www.railtrails.org/CA/crossalamedatrail.asp to download surveys, see photos and maps, and get more information on the trail project.
Download the brochure now in .pdf format.
Call or e-mail Guadalupe Bumatay, Rails To Trails, (415) 397-2220, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Debra Arbuckle of Alameda to learn how the proposed trial integrates with other planned Northern Waterfront development: