De-Pave Park master plan kick-off meeting April 15th

If participating in creating a wetland ecological park in Alameda is of interest to you, mark your calendar for this upcoming outdoor event.

The master planning process for De-Pave Park on the west side of Alameda Point’s Seaplane Lagoon begins with an in-person workshop on Saturday, April 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The city was awarded an $800,000 grant from the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority to create a master plan for the park.  CMG Landscape Architecture secured a two-year contract from the city to create the plan.

In order to bolster the planning grant application, the city secured mostly pro bono services of CMG in 2020 to create a Vision Plan for De-Pave Park.  By removing all of the pavement, save for a strip to be repurposed as a trail, and reusing the crushed pavement for site contouring, the project will offset its own construction carbon footprint in four years.  It will also mitigate the impact of the Navy’s original construction in less than 25 years, as opposed to the additional 220 years the current site would require to become climate positive, according to CMG’s climate scorecard tool.

Conceptual rendering of re-imagined shoreline of De-Pave Park from 2020 Vision Plan. Credit: CMG Landscape Architecture

CMG will be taking community input, preparing at least two master plan alternatives, and preparing initial 30 percent construction drawings.  They will also be engaging with seven Bay Area regulatory agencies that make up the Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team.  The collaborative program was set up for local agencies to begin vetting projects in the early stages in order to make sure the project ends up being something that will be approved.

Additionally as part of the scope of work, CMG will:

Illustration of educational opportunities at De-Pave Park from 2020 Vision Plan. Credit: CMG Landscape Architecture

Part of the beauty of De-Pave Park is that its tidal ecology will integrate with the existing wetland on the adjacent VA property creating a significant urban wetland ecosystem connecting people with nature.  When the VA’s wetland expansion project is completed, the combined wetland area will total at least 38 acres, depending on which alternative is selected. The greater De-Pave/VA wetland complex will also provide more wildlife habitat and sequester more carbon.

One of the ideas suggested in the Vision Plan is to repurpose the rip rap boulders now holding up the shoreline in the Seaplane Lagoon and re-position them as fingers into the water that are dubbed habitat jetties.  Above- and below-water rocky shoreline serves as habitat for seldom seen creatures and vegetation.  Besides doubling the surface area of the boulders available as habitat, re-positioning the boulders will also allow for the tides to begin encroaching into the new wetland.

Black-necked Stilt on VA wetland near De-Pave Park boundary on March 31, 2023.

April 15 In-person Workshop – The April 15th workshop meeting will be in person at 1751 Monarch Street near Building 25. 

April 19 Virtual Workshop – A virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM. Zoom link is on the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) De-Pave Park Community Workshop Virtual Meeting webpage.

Future meetings in the Summer and Fall and an on-line survey will be posted on ARPD’s De-Pave Park webpage.

More background details, including a video of CMG’s August 2020 Vision Plan presentation to the Alameda Recreation and Park Commission, are here

Originally published on the Alameda Post.

Author: richard94501

My blog is Alameda Point Environmental Report covering environmental issues from wildlife to cleanup at the former Navy base in Alameda now called Alameda Point. Articles on my blog are frequently printed in the Alameda Sun newspaper. I also host a Twitter site and a Flickr photo site. I hope you find my stories and photos of interest. Richard Bangert Alameda, California

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