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September 30, 2009 > Measure WW funds

Measure WW funds

By Corinne Davis

Union City's Parks & Recreation Commission presented 11 ideas/priorities to Council about how the City might use its $3.35M allocation of the East Bay Regional Parks District's Measure WW funding.

Renovation of ball fields Town Estate and San Andreas Parks and the basketball court at Arroyo Park has been identified as a priority. Costs have yet to be determined. There no foreseen obstacles.

There is a need to improve the outdoor physical facilities at Barnard-White Middle School. Estimated capital costs range from $250,000 to $3M. There will, however, be ongoing operating and maintenance costs. Improvements to the gymnasium are also possible with maintenance costs ranging $25,000 to $50,000 per annum.

A BMX facility could be developed but converting the skate park to for BMX use could prove controversial.

Renovation of paths within the William Cann Memorial Civic Center Park should be a straightforward project.

Some support the creation of a community garden on the west side of Union City. A possible location might be the former EBRPD stable area behind Fire Station #4 but this is on the north bank of the Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel.

Another new public amenity might be a dog park on the west side of Union City. It would be similar to Drigon Dog Park with easier access to a full feature dog park. The problem is finding a suitable location.

Some of the Measure WW funding could be used to install solar panels at existing community centers, with cost savings funding other park projects. Integrating solar technology into existing roof design and variable weather and utility costs could pose challenges.

Another potential project might be to renovate and reconstruct paths in all parks in the City and to renovate or replace and computerize all irrigation systems using sensor technology. There are no logistical challenges.

Renovation and replacement of restrooms in Charles F. Kennedy, Hills, Old Alvarado, and Contempo Parks and the installation of energy- and water-efficient fixtures and solar power is another potential project. Costs are estimated at $100,000 to $150,000 per facility and more for solar.

Provision of aquatic facilities at the Sports Center would necessitate land acquisition, construction of lap swim and therapeutic facilities adjacent to Center on land currently used for part of Liberty Park. Estimated acquisition costs range from $500,000 to $600,000. Design and construction is expected to be $2.7M to $4.7M. The land-owner seller might be reluctant to sell. Availability of funding might be an obstacle and $100,000 annual operating costs are expected.

Paths, trails and lookout features on the Turk Island Landfill Development (reclaimed landfill) could be developed. Costs have yet to be determined. Possible problems are site control and environmental regulations.

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