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File #: 2020-8249   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 9/15/2020
Title: Recommendation to Approve the De-Pave Park Vision Plan. (Recreation 280)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - De-Pave Park Plan, 2. Exhibit 2 - Pages from the Alameda Point Town Center and Waterfront Precise Plan, 3. Presentation, 4. Correspondence - Updated 9-15
Title

Recommendation to Approve the De-Pave Park Vision Plan. (Recreation 280)

Body

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

De-Pave Park is an ecological park that was originally envisioned in the Alameda Point Waterfront and Town Center Precise Plan. The concept is a park in which all existing concrete is removed to create tidal wetlands and wildlife habitat. The park adapts to sea level rise by inundating over time while still offering public access and environmental education. City of Alameda (City) staff worked with CMG, a landscape architecture firm that provided partial pro bono services, to develop a De-Pave Park Vision Plan with feedback from a key stakeholder group throughout the planning process. This Vision Plan (Exhibit 1) will be utilized to apply for grant funding from the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, and other possible grant partners, for more detailed planning and permitting efforts.

BACKGROUND

On March 3, 2020, the City Council approved a list of Park and Recreation Facility Project Priorities which included and prioritized De-Pave Park. This park is located on the western side of Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point and was originally envisioned and described in the Alameda Point Town Center and Waterfront Precise Plan (Precise Plan) as seen in the relevant pages in Exhibit 2. The intent of this park is to convert the existing concrete surface (a remnant of the former Naval Base paved tarmac system) to passive parkland and a sustainable ecological area including tidal wetlands and wildlife habitat. De-Pave Park is designed to inundate over time with sea level rise and create a tidal ecology system, which has notable carbon sequestration benefits.

CMG is a landscape architecture firm that originally envisioned the park in the Precise Plan. CMG generously offered to develop the Vision Plan in a partial pro bono effort with City staff. CMG describes itself as as a "mission-oriented studio wor...

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