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File #: 2015-2240   
Type: New Business
Body: Recreation and Park Commission
On agenda: 10/29/2015
Title: Review and Recommendation on Design of Cross Alameda Trail through Jean Sweeney Open Space Park
Attachments: 1. CAT Presentation
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Review and Recommendation on Design of Cross Alameda Trail through Jean Sweeney Open Space Park

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To: Honorable Chair and Members of the Recreation and Park Commission

From: Amy Wooldridge, Recreation and Parks Director

Re: Review and Recommendation on Design of Cross Alameda Trail through Jean Sweeney Open Space Park

BACKGROUND

Jean Sweeney Open Space Park (Sweeney Park) is a 22-acre community park, located in Central Alameda and is bounded by Constitution Way, Atlantic Avenue, and Sherman Street. This site is the former Alameda Beltline Railroad property that was secured by the City at its original purchase price due the advocacy efforts of long-time resident Jean Sweeney.

The City of Alameda received a grant from the regional Active Transportation Program to design and construct the Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) through Sweeney Park and to connect with the CAT on Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. Staff is working with BKF Engineering and Placeworks, to design this bike/walk trail that travels east and west along the northern edge of Sweeney Park.

This item was presented to the Recreation and Parks Commission (Commission) on October 8, 2015. After hearing public comment, the Commission expressed concerns with the bicycle safety improvements along the "gap closure," which is the street section on Atlantic Avenue between Constitution Avenue and Webster Street (Atlantic segment) that will be a connection point between two sections of the Cross Alameda Trail. The Commission requested a special meeting for more information and further discussion.

City staff did not adequately communicate its intention for the bicycle improvement design of the Atlantic segment to the bicycling community early on in this process. Since the October 8th Commission meeting, staff has met with the BikeWalk Alameda Board of Directors to provide detailed information on the Atlantic segment.

The Atlantic segment was not originally included with the ...

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