New facility won’t threaten Crab Cove


It was a classic beauty of an Alameda evening at last Friday’s  Concert at the Cove. All the beautiful parents, grandparents, dancing kids and those relatively new to Alameda. Some signed a petition to “Save Crab Cove” that was vaguely worded. The petition used an emotional appeal with misconstrued facts that may have lead you to conclude Crab Cove — the lovely picnic grounds, Visitor Center, exploratory beach and gorgeous open space where we rock out during the summer — will be lost to the Respite Center operated by the Alameda Point Collaborative planned for the property across the street. 

Nothing could be further from the truth. None of it is at risk.The narrative provided by the petition gatherers is false and misleading. Our beautiful cove is here for posterity. I urge you to do the research, starting with the Alameda Sun’s accurate report on the nature of the McKay Avenue property. (“McKay Property’s Aim is to Benefit Homeless,” June 14) The project has nothing to do with Recreation and Parks or the demise of our gorgeous and beloved Crab Cove.

If you’d be interested in removing your name from the petition, you can call City Clerk, Lara Weisiger at 747-4800 or email


Gabrielle “Gaby” Dolphin Co-Chair, Alameda Democratic Club