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  • On July 5, 2016 the Alameda City Council voted to accept the park design created by Placeworks. With the design approval, ARPD can start the construction phase by requesting bids for Phase I, the Cross Alameda Trail. After a company is selected, construction will start on the Cross Alameda Trail through the park. Start of construction is planned for fall 2016. Alameda City Council presentation and the Placeworks design of the park can be found here.

  • Jim Sweeney spoke of his wife, Jean Sweeney, and her dream of an open space park in the Alameda Belt Line switching yard. He asked the City Council to vote to finalize the design phase of the park so the construction phase can begin. Listen to Mr. Sweeney's comments here

  • Spring 2016   The official survey of the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park has brought some good news. For 18 years the Belt Line switching yard was thought to be 22 acres in size. The survey has confirmed that the Belt Line yard, that will become the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, is actually 27 acres in size.

  • On March 1, 2016 the City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and The Alameda Food Bank. The Food Bank, presently located in the park on the West end, is planning to double its present size and build a permanent building. View information about the planned expansion MOU Click Here.

  • On March 1, 2016 the City Council approved two contracts that will start the process of building the park. SLR International Corporation will provide site investigation and Environmental Report Services. Placeworks Landscape Architects will provide design services for the entire park following the master plan design approved for the park. Additional information and contracts with both companies can be viewed Click Here.

  • On February 9, 2016 Amy Wooldridge, ARPD Director, announced that the official survey of the Park land determined that the park space is not 22 acres as believed but is actually 27 acres. So we have gained 5 acres.

  • On October 29, 2015 the Alameda Recreation & Parks Commission voted to approved the design for the Cross Alameda Trail that will pass through the Jean Sweeney Park. View ARPD Director Amy Wooldridge's report Click Here..

  • July 13, 2015 Press Release by Amy Wooldridge, Recreation and Parks Directory. The California Department of Parks and Recreation announced a $2 million grant for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF program provides funding to public agencies for acquisition and development projects that create outdoor recreational resources. Read the press release here.

  • April 21, 2015 Contract for design of the Cross Alameda Trail's approximatly 4000" park section has been awarded to BKF Engineers. This contract will be for the Jean Sweeney Park trail but will also cross Constitution Way and Webster Street where the trail will connect with the Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy section. The trail will become part of the Bay Trail and will adventually extend from Alameda Point to the Fruitvale Bridge.

  • January 27, 2015 Jean Sweeney Park Receives $2 Million From Developer Fees
    Amy Wooldridge, Alameda Recreation & Parks Department Director, announced the recently approved agreement with Tim Lewis Communities for the development of the Del Monte building stipulates a $2 million payment for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. Click Here.

  • October 6, 2014 Press Release by Amy Wooldridge ARPD Directory City Wins $2.2Million For Jean Sweeney Park to construct the protion of the Cross Alameda Trail that runs through the Jean Sweeney Park. Click Here.

  • On July 15, 2014 the Alameda City Council voted unanimously to approve the Draft Master Plan for the Park. Documents related to the presentation by Amy Wooldridge, Alameda Recreation & Parks Director, plus a video of the City Council meeting can be reviewed Click Here.

  • On June 23, 2014 the Planning Board reviewed the park Draft Master Plan and the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration. The Planning Board approved the design developed by community input and designed by Kristoffer K√∂ster of KKDesign. The Master Plan approvel cleared the design to be presented to the Alameda City Council.
  • May 14, 2014 The Jean Sweeney Open Space Park Fund received a grant for $2781.57 from the Alameda Community Fund to purchase tools for the park. Tools are needed for community clean-up events and the grant will provide most of the tools needed. The future Community Gardens will also need tools once they become active and the tools will be useful there. Click here.

  • On January 18, 2014 the first community volunteer workday was held at the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. The event was held to clean up the area where the future community gardens will be located. Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan sponsored the event that 315 volunteers of all ages came out to help with. Click here.

  • In April 2013 the Church of Christ Latter Day Saints renovated the exterior of the Belt Line Railroad building on the East end of the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. Click here.

  • Tom Schweich: Botanist, has cataloged the plants that are found on the 22 acres of the park and has produced a report on what he found. The report is titled: An Initial Assessment of the Plants in the Jean Sweeney Open Space Preserve. Read the plant survey here. This report is an important step in planning for the parks development.

  • Press Release: First Grants Received September 30, 2013 Click Here.

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Published on:   January 2, 2014