Safety Boost For Shepherd Canyon

The long-awaited Shepherd Canyon parking problem is finally going to be solved.  It’s generally an accident waiting to happen, if you drive down the Shepherd Canyon Road while soccer games are in progress.

Through a combination of public funding and private donations, a new parking lot will be constructed over the next few weeks.  The City Council approved 29 spaces, a wooden fence and five redwood trees planted as a visual barrier.

According to the resolution, the construction will be mostly financed by City District 4 and At-Large City Pay-Go funds.  The gap was closed through these private donations:  $30k from the Montclair Soccer Club; $7k from the Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation; and $5k from the Montclair Safety & Improvement Council.

I’m not complaining, but with our City budget in shambles how come everything isn’t put on hold?  I don’t pretend to understand why current budget allocations are sacrosanct.  In any event, we are moving forward on this small construction effort in Montclair.

The City requires work to be completed rather quickly, because there’s a rainy season moratorium that kicks in by October 15th.  Bids were already requested and received back in August, in anticipation of this construction timetable.

It’s been a long while since the original plans were created for Shepherd Canyon Park, and the need for decent off-road parking was identified five years ago.  Soon we can cross this safety item from the list.

Annual Creek Cleaning, Sat Morning

Get up early tomorrow to clear brush from our nearby Sausal Creek parks, and join a worldwide movement!  The International Coastal Cleanup takes place in all 50 states and 90 countries, to maintain or restore waterways everywhere.

Oakland supports this global event by declaring its very own Creek to Bay Day, with 20-plus projects scattered throughout the city.

Montclarions can help restore the Sausal Creek Watershed (map), which starts in our hills and ends in the Bay.

There are three local parks where you can lend a hand on Saturday.  Even though you may have driven by them many times, take a few minutes and learn more about these places:

Just show up at one of the parks tomorrow, and be ready to work from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.  In return, you will be given a nice tee shirt along with psychic rewards.