At the April 18 Pleasanton City Council meeting, City Manager Bruce Pearson introduced Larry Hicks, one of the principals in the firm RVK. “He is a landscape architect by trade but a visionary and very creative genius,” said Pearson. Pearson addressed the council about how it would be a shame for the closed street to not be utilized on the east side of the new Civic Center and Library. He realized the plaza that was suggested was not acceptable, but thoughts turned into a Freedom Center. Pearson envisioned a place, “something that could honor every individual in Pleasanton who has paid the supreme sacrifice for us to live in a free society,” he explained. He mentioned the officers who have lost their lives and those who have died while serving in the various branches of military.
Hicks described the space as a diamond in the rough. He feels it could bring a center to Pleasanton. It was noted that Highway 281 (Second Street) is the Gateway to the Eagle Ford. He mentioned that this area is much like a front yard – he sees it as a terrace that would be safe to walk around during events, to be able to sit at tables, to read outside of the library, to allow for entertainment and to accommodate parking.
The red sandstone that is predominant in this area will be used to construct the center. Signage and plaques with seating and lighting will also be considered.
The council voted unanimously to accept the concept/ plans.