Alameda News

A total of 516 bicycle riders of all ages participated in last Saturday’s Bike for the Parks event based at Washington Park. The event took cyclists all over the Island City while also raising funds to maintain local parks. 

The event also featured a Team Challenge Contest. The winners, the Alameda Dragon Flyers, had 15 members in costumes. The group will receive a plaque from the Friends of the Parks. 

The City of Alameda recently studied the six public access pathways along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive to assess what recreational uses are possible there. City staff will now solicit community feedback, bring a recommendation on the uses of each of the pathways to the Recreation and Parks Commission and return to the City Council for final approval.

Residents of Alameda can weigh in on the status and future of these small parks at three upcoming events. 

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) announced that the Ron Cowan Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility at Alameda Point will soon begin operations. WETA broke ground for the project in September 2016 (“Ferry Facility Dedicated,” Sept. 22, 2016). The late Ron Cowan was on hand for dedication of the building that bears his name. 

This Sunday, the Alameda Museum once again will join with the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society to present the Alameda Legacy Home Tour. The tour features six homes, three on the city’s fabled Gold Coast, one of which Julia Morgan designed and another a city landmark that Denis Straub designed and built with his stepson Fred Fischer. 

Endangered least terns nest nearby

On Sept. 9, the tranquility of the remote shoreline on the federal property at Alameda Point was interrupted by participants firing blanks as an Urban Shield tactical team staged a mock hostage rescue. The gunfire was part of the emergency preparedness training that was performed in an area the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agreed not to use for this purpose. 

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