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Splash pad, skate park among first phase of multi-million dollar project

Noel Wilkerson Holmes


Groundbreaking for Phase I of the Pleasanton River Park Master Plan Renovation was held Friday at the River Park. Phase I includes two features of the park that have been highly anticipated, a Splash Pad and a Skate Park as well as some work on the park roads.

“Park roads will also be redesigned to eliminate traffic around our playgrounds. This will provide a safe play zone with more parking and allow for a better flow and access from Main Street entrance,” said City Manager Johnny Huizar. “Phase one featuring the Splash Pad and Skate Park is planned to be completed between the Spring and Summer of 2019.” Huizar asked the public to please be patient with some of the road closures at the park while the work is being done. On Monday, the construction crew began with the parks drainage project. This week, the city will begin to interview vendors for the skate park and splash pad.

The Pleasanton River Park Master Plan is an investment in future generations but will be a source of enjoyment soon. The renovations are designed to help improve the physical landscape of the community and improve individual’s quality of life. Playgrounds, splash pads and skate parks will serve as great outlets for physical activity and allow kids to release energy as well as develop social, motor and muscle skills. The Park Master Plan is also designed to be just as beneficial to adults providing opportunities for social interaction while serving as a free and perfect place for play-dates as well as for meeting new people, family and friends.

Greg Leach, Parks and Recreation Director spoke about his team’s goals for the community to start enjoying the park and outdoors this Summer of 2018. His goal is for the community to stay active together. “Come here, be safe but have fun,” said Leach. “Get outside and get off your phone and talk to your neighbors. We are small enough here in Pleasanton to be something really special.”  To help encourage people to get outside, the Parks and Recreation Department have created a Summer 2018 Events Series which includes a Healthy City Initiative. There is a class to fit everyone’s need either free or for a nominal fee. Some of the classes include, yoga in the park, water aerobics, Zumba, a running club, and H.I.T class (high intensity training). For full list of classes go to Follow Pleasanton Parks & Recreation on Facebook. Also, look in the Pleasanton Express weekly for our new column “Parks & Rec” beginning next week. We will highlight fun happenings weekly in our print and digital edition and on social media.

Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar, City Councilmember (District 3) Diana Prasifka, Mayor Travis Hall Jr., City Councilmember (District 4) JR Gallegos, City Councilmember (District 2) Kenny Hernandez and Councilmember (District 5) Robert Earl Wood dig in at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pleasanton River Park renovation. Missing are Councilmembers BritnI Van Curan (District 6) and Robert Leonhardt (District 1 and Mayor ProTem).
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City of Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Board members Greg Leach, City of Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Director; Ginnie Otto; Erica Lopez; Jimmy Magel; Shane Howard, Burditt Land|Place Architects and Rusty Prasifka assist in the Ground Breaking.

The Kelly family, Nigel, Amy and Kendi, were among many families who came out for the groundbreaking of the park improvements and free family movie night sponsored by the Atascosa Family Crisis Center.

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