The rain clouds parted just in time for the first-ever Ride for the Parks event held last Saturday. More than 500 cyclists of all ages and skill levels gathered at the start and end point, Washington Park (above), to raise money for the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD). Alameda Bicycle, Team Alameda and the Alameda Rotary Club helped staff the event along with ARPD, other sponsors and volunteers. Riders were encouraged to take either an 8-mile or 22-mile journey along the shorelines of Alameda and Bay Farm Island.
This year’s incredible Classic Car Show on Park Street had many unique vehicle groupings for the first time in memory. These included GTOs and Mustangs alongside one another; Woodies lovingly customized and finessed and Camaros with other muscle cars from all eras.
The beach at the eastern end of Alameda Point near the dormant campground will undergo a major renovation in 2017. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is planning to create a natural dune landscape. They are also planning to bring more sand to the beach in order to raise the elevation to allow use of the beach at high tide.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) issued a new regional planning document on Aug. 30, with suggested housing numbers to meet state goals. MTC is requesting input from local jurisdictions.
A draft response from City Planner Andrew Thomas slams the commission’s recommendations as being woefully out of touch with Alameda’s limited regional transit connections.