Blair Park has now raised its profile. Don Perata, in his Oakland mayoral bid, took a public stand against developing this Moraga Canyon road-side park last week, joining fellow candidate Jean Quan in opposing the development. As you may recall, the City of Piedmont owns this parcel and has been going through a lengthy approval process to create a sports complex there.
Friends of Moraga Canyon have been against development of two play fields there and raised many traffic, environmental and overall safety matters with the City of Piedmont. Meanwhile supporters of Blair Park’s development continue advocating for two fields and other amenities in the park.
Last October, concerned citizens attended a Montclair meeting with Council Rep Jean Quan and a staffer from Council Rep Jane Brunner’s office. Wlad Wlassowsky, manager of Oakland’s transportation services division, attended and asked for all concerns. Their next step was to reach Piedmont officials about the EIR (environmental impact review) process.
Fast forward, and Piedmont city officials are about to release the review on June 18th. You may check all public materials posted on Piedmont’s website, to get up to speed. And while you wait, here’s the full letter from candidate Perata.