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Jean Sweeney Open Space Park Fund

First Grants Received

PRESS RELEASE September 30, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amy Wooldridge Recreation and Park Director awooldridge@alamedaca.gov 510-747-7570 City Receives First Grant for Jean Sweeney Open Space Park and Major Funding for Cross Alameda Trail

The City of Alameda has received its first grant for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. The grant will provide a plan for environmental investigation, which is the first step in making the open space available for public use. Another grant received will fund 0.4 miles of jogging and connector paths, way-finding signs, trees, and a bio swale for a section of the Belt Line’s Cross Alameda Trail.

The Targeted Site Investigation grant of $60,000 is from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to develop and implement a work plan for environmental investigation at the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. The resulting report will serve as the guide for subsequent environmental efforts budgeted in the City’s Capital Improvement Project fund.

The second grant of $792,608 was awarded by The Alameda County Transportation Commission from Measure B/Vehicle Registration Fee Bike/Pedestrian Funds. The City’s required matching amount of $200,000 comes from Citywide Development Fees for a total award of $992,608. These funds will be used for the design and construction of a section of the Beltline’s Cross Alameda Trail which runs in the abandoned railroad right-of-way along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway between Poggi and Webster Street.

For more information about the projects, please contact Recreation and Park Director Amy Wooldridge at 510-747-7570 or awooldridge@alamedaca.gov.

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Published on:   January 2, 2014