Do you ride your bike, walk, hike, jog or otherwise enjoy the Albany Bulb & Neck areas?
Do you want to continue to have access so you can enjoy the Albany Waterfront? Both the Bulb and the Neck are scheduled to be transferred to the East Bay Regional Park District and some groups and individuals want to curtail recreational use
The first of what is expected to be several community meetings on the transition plans for the Albany Bulb will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the council chamber at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.
This meeting is about the Albany Bulb and Neck trail ONLY. This is NOT about the beach.
Discussion of EBRPD’s plans for Albany beach (sand dune restoration, etc.). Dogs are not part of the plan.
Thursday, February 17 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location EBRPD headquarters, boardroom
2950 Peralta Oak Court Oakland, CA
The Eastshore State park General Plan (2002) identifies potential restoration and public access improvements for the Albany Beach area. These concepts include restoration and protection of Albany Beach and dune habitats, expansion of dune areas behind the beach, enhancement of water access to San Francisco Bay, closing of a key gap in the San Francisco Bay trail, shoreline stabilization, public access improvements and other park facilities such as picnic areas, interpretive signage and restrooms. A study is currently underway to evaluate the feasibility of implementing these improvements.
Wednesday’s Waterfront Committee meeting has been postponed until
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10 at 7 p.m.
at Albany City Hall, Council Chambers, 1000 San Pablo Avenue).
We are hoping for a large turn out next Thursday.
This is the joint meeting with Park & Rec to discuss new leash laws at the Bulb.
UPDATE : February 2nd Meeting has been postponed to February 10th
Mary Barnsdale of Dogs of the Albany Bulb writes
The Albany Waterfront Committee meeting that was scheduled for February 14 is now WEDNESDAY, February 2 (7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the City Council chambers, 1000 San Pablo Avenue, Albany — at the corner of Marin Avenue).
No agenda is available yet but “dog management” is on every agenda. Please turn up to let the WFC know how you feel about the leash laws being proposed. Also, this could be the joint meeting with the East Bay Regional Parks District. It will be very important to let EBRPD know that the Waterfront Committee’s recommendations are not popular.
To recap: The new leash laws would ban dogs from the Beach, the two lagoons, and the mudflats. Six-foot leashes would be required in the parking lot, the path to the benches and bike rack, on the Plateau, along the Neck, and on the lower road along the water. The Bulb proper, where most of the encampments are, would be the only off-leash area. “Off-leash” would mean “within six feet of the owner/handler.”
Note that the WFC doesn’t actually have the authority to make these changes. The Albany City Council has to ultimately approve changes on Albany property — but the Plateau, for example, is EBRPD land. That’s why it’s so important to make sure we let the EBRPD people know that the WFC policies are not acceptable to their EBRPD constituents.
More to come on this. Just wanted to get it on your calendars and radar.
Committee Meeting has been changed to January 24. 2011 – Thanks Emilie
Waterfront Committee Meeting
Date: 1/10/2011 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Albany City Hall – Council Chambers
1000 San Pablo Avenue – Map
Would anyone like to help keep us updated on the what happens at the Committee meetings?