The World War II-era runway on the western edge of the seaplane lagoon at Alameda Point will eventually be converted into a 12-acre urban park and tidal ecosystem. “D-Pave Park” (a placeholder name for now) will be an ecological open space designed to sequester carbon and adapt to rising sea levels by being submerged over time and creating additional wetlands. A raised boardwalk, trails and observation area will provide opportunities for people of all physical abilities to view shorebirds, waterfowl and marine mammals in their natural habitat.
This fall, Alameda City employees will ask the city council’s authorization to submit a new application for a $1.6 million grant from the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (SFBRA) in October. The SFBRA grant will fund a master planning process to solicit and incorporate design input from Alameda residents, with a focus on equity and inclusion, by reaching disadvantaged communities, including Alameda Point residents. The grant money will also be used to develop construction documents and secure regional permits for the new park.
The Vision Plan for D-Pave Park was developed by key stakeholders: Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA), Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Reserve, SF Baykeepers, the Alameda Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Golden Gate Audubon Society, Alameda Point Open Space advocates and the water sports community of Alameda. In September 2020, the council, following the recommendation of the Recreation and Parks Commission, adopted the park’s vision plan.
In October 2020, Almeida applied for SFBRA grant funding, but did not receive it. However, SFBRA staff and grant reviewers were impressed by the city’s proposed inclusive public input process and encouraged Alameda to apply again in 2021. He also acknowledged the city’s innovative partnerships, which include scientific consulting with the SF Estuary Institute and working with the San Francisco-based nonprofit Literacy. To develop a community management program for environmental justice.
SFBRA grant reviewers suggested that a closer partnership with the Veterans Administration would strengthen the latter’s grant application as D-Pave Park would connect to the VA wetland that would soon be developed. He also noted that, while city matching funds are not required, their inclusion would be viewed favorably. City staff and council will consider this constructive input carefully. Despite the initial setbacks, Almeida didn’t give up easily!
New mask mandate: Although Alameda County’s vaccination rate is impressive (about 72% of county residents age 12 and older are fully vaccinated and about 85% have received at least one vaccine by August 2) and Alameda City rates There are even more (77% of residents 12 years of age and older who have been fully vaccinated and 90% have received at least one vaccine by August 2nd, we are largely aware of the more infectious delta variant For example, the Alameda County Public Health Department reports that Alameda had only 48 new COVID cases in June but 237 new ones in July. There were cases.
The delta variant can infect vaccinated and unvaccinated people. While vaccinated people who contract COVID are protected from serious illness, hospitalization, and death, they can still transmit the virus to others. As a result, all eight health officials in the Bay Area have issued health orders requiring everyone to wear masks indoors in public places whether or not to be vaccinated. This includes grocery and retail stores, theatres, family entertainment centers, and indoor restaurants, in addition to actively eating or drinking. The mask mandate began on Tuesday. Make sure your mask fits snugly and covers your mouth and nose.
“Regardless of vaccination status, using face masks in indoor public spaces will help us protect each other and end this summer’s surge,” said Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss.
Bay Area health officials also urge all non-vaccinated residents 12 years of age and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you or someone you know has not yet been vaccinated or if you need to schedule your second dose, please visit bayareane.ws/3ijBlWG To find a convenient vaccination site or call 510-208-4VAX (510-208-4829). Let’s protect ourselves and others and “Almeida Strong!” stay tuned.
Marilyn Azzie Ashcraft Mayor of Alameda.