This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: View Calendar
Phase 2 of the Park Street Streetscape Improvement project is moving along nicely and, according to the City, remains on schedule. Although there have been a total of five rain days, project completion is still planned for late April 2012 (unless, of course, there are additional rain delays).
The two bus shelters have already been installed near the corner of Park Street and Encinal Avenue. Construction work for Phase 2 continues in March with numerous sidewalk repairs, the installation of historic street lights, and the addition of miscellaneous signage.
In some places, parking meters have been removed and 2-hour parking signs have been placed on barricades. Parking is free along these parts of the street but be mindful that the parking attendants will still be enforcing the two-hour limit.
More than eight years in the making, Phase 2 extends the Park Street Streetscape Improvement project from Central Avenue to San Jose Avenue. The Streetscape Project consists of:
- installing dual-lamp historic street lights
- adding new bus shelters
- replacing parking meters with parking kiosks
- adding bike racks
- installing new accessible curb ramps
- planting new street trees
Next month the old streetlights will be removed, new trees will be planted, 21 bike racks will be installed (there is currently only one), and 11 parking kiosks will replace 62 parking meters.
The parking kiosks are being placed within the Phase 2 portion of the Streetscape Project as a pilot program for the City of Alameda. Visitors to the south end of the Park Street Business District will have the added convenience of being able to use credit/debit cards to pay for hourly parking.
Construction days are limited to weekdays only. The City and contractor are working to minimize the temporary loss of on-street parking while ensuring construction continues in a safe and efficient manner. (But plenty of parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Garage.)
Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration. There is no construction work during the weekends.
The businesses in the Park Street Business District appreciate your cooperation and patience during the construction. Working with the City of Alameda, we will attempt to minimize any inconvenience to our customers.
Updates for the project can be found on the City’s website at: www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Park-St–Streetscape-Project
Survey Results for Park Street Trees
The City’s received 472 responses to its on-line survey regarding characteristics to be considered for the new trees planted as part of the Park Street Phase 2 project. The survey results (http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/getdoc.cfm?id=6512) showed that the community wants Park Street to have a unique look with a mix of tree species, colors, and heights. Shade in the summer and light in the winter was also important, as was planting fast growing trees. Based on these responses, staff worked with local tree experts to identify possible tree species that would best meet the community’s criteria.
On January 9, the Planning Board approved adding the October Glory Maple, Silver Linden, andBrisbane Box to the list of trees that may be planting along Park Street. The Planning Board also indicated that the existing gingko and crape myrtle that were not removed with the other trees should be retained and not replaced to match the new tree species.
Postscript: See What Park Street Will Look Like https://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/park-street-rendering/
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Learn more about what’s happening in the Park Street Business District, including this week’s calendar highlights by visiting www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook and Twitter.