City Signs Point Lease

At its Feb. 18 meeting, the Alameda City Council approved a plan that would convert the northwest section of Alameda Point into a regional shoreline park.

The Council approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). The MOU calls for the city to lease a 158-acre section of Alameda Point to EBRPD for 66 years at no cost. The deal is contingent on EBRPD developing, operating and maintaining what will be called the Northwest Territories Regional Shoreline. 

The proposed park will include bicycle-pedestrian trails throughout; viewing and seating areas; habitat restoration; amenities including restrooms, parking and drinking fountains; and a separate visitor’s center on VA property that EBRPD will operate. This plan is no part of the proposed VA medical center and a columbarium.

EBRPD has allocated $6.4 million toward planning and construction as well as operations and maintenance of the park once open. The initial $6.4 million for construction will come from funds acquired from Measure WW, which voters approved in 2008. EBRPD will use funds from Measure FF and CC to finance the operational and maintenance costs.