Alameda needs a centrally located community center, more playing fields for team sports and a new location for the city's teen center, says the draft of the Park Master Plan prepared by the consulting firm Gates + Associates.
The Recreation and Park Commission will review the plan during its meeting Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in Room 360, Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
Renovations at are also on the meeting agenda.
The master plan's "preferred options" for the city's parks and recreational facilities are to:
• Renovate the Alameda Point Gym at its current size of approximately 35,000 square feet to improve support for citywide and regional sports programming. The renovation program would include improved courts, bleachers and support spaces. The site of the adjacent pool building would be repurposed. Building renovation would cost approximately $20-22 million, with an additional $8-9 million allowance for parking and landscape renovation.
• Renovate the Officers Club at Alameda Point at its current size of approximately 32,000 square feet to develop a large program/event space for community use and rentals. Depending on the renovation program, the City may be able to develop a partnership with a third-party service provider to operate either a portion of the facility (such as a bar/restaurant) or the entire facility (such as a conference/meeting venue). Building renovation would cost approximately $15-16 million, with an additional $1-2 million allowance for parking and landscape renovation.
• Develop a new community center of approximately 35,000-40,000 square feet in an accessible central location in the city. Significant program elements would include a small gymnasium, teen center, large program/event space and preschool programs. The 22-acre Beltline site (between Atlantic Avenue and Sherman Street) has the capacity to accommodate a facility of this size and would be an appropriately central location. The approximate building cost would be $22-27 million (assuming a single-story building and not including land costs), with an additional allowance of $3-4 million for parking and landscaping.
• Develop aquatics programs for teaching, competition/fitness and recreational swimming through partnerships, with facilities provided by a public or private aquatics service provider.
• Discontinue the use of the Veterans Memorial Building for city-provided recreation programming.
• Continue to operate and maintain the Mastick Senior Center.
• Continue to operate, maintain, and refurbish (as feasible) the neighborhood facilities throughout the city.
Click on the PDF above to read the 48-page executive summary of the Park Master Plan. Visit the City of Alameda website to download the complete meeting agenda. To see the drafts of the full Park Master Plan, the executive summary and related appendices, visit the city's Park Master Plan page.
For information on the Krusi Park renovations, visit www.carducciassociates.com/krusipark/ to view the proposed plans; you may also complete a questionnaire on what you would like to see included in the proposal.
The city's home page has a link to a PDF version of the Krusi Renovation Packet; it's under "Announcements" on the lefthand side of the page.