NEW - PROJECT DOCUMENTS (see "Documents" section below)
- Letter from Wendy Jung and City's Responses & Resolution No. 88240
- Fire Station 4 - Project Development/Status
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ's)
I wasn't able to attend the first community engagement meeting - how can I participate in the master planning process? Presentation slides of the meeting can be found in the Documents section below in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Also, the Project Webpage will continue to be updated with upcoming community engagement meetings, survey links, and other project-related documents.
What was the process in identifying San Antonio Park as a potential location for the Oakland Fire Station #4 relocation? Please refer to the Fire Station 4 - Project Development/Status diagram in the "Documents" section below.
Why can’t Fire Station #4 remain in its current location? Fire Station #4 is over 100 years old and the building is past its useful life. Its size, configuration, and infrastructure cannot support modern emergency response equipment, safety requirements, and personnel. Station 4’s service area requires vehicles that cannot be housed on the property and due to its location on International Blvd, response times are negatively affected because of maneuvers required to exit and return to the station.
What about nearby vacant lots like the one across from San Antonio Park? The City’s Real Estate staff have researched this vacant lot, along with other potential properties within the service area of Fire Station #4 over the course of a year and a half but have found them unsuitable or not for sale.
What is the status of the Fire Station #4 project? In July 2020, Council approved a contract with Loving Campos Associates Architects (LCAA) for the design of Fire Station #4. In December, after contract execution, LCAA began assessing feasibility at San Antonio Park with a focus on the corner of 18th Avenue and Foothill Blvd, near the tennis courts, per discussions amongst the various City Departments.
How will the loss of green space and existing amenities at San Antonio Park be addressed? The City of Oakland is committed to preserving green space at San Antonio Park and the master planning process is an opportunity to look at the park as a whole and identify underused areas as well as community priorities. Loving Campos Associates Architects (LCAA) has been tasked to explore creative design options so that a new fire station could lend itself in enhancing activation and overall safety at the park.
What about the noise generated from the Fire Station? Fire stations in residential areas have several ways of mitigating noise. For example, sirens are generally not used unless an intersection must be cleared; modern hydraulics allow for the operation of doors with minimal noise; other types of equipment such as generators are insulated or baffled, to name a few.
How much Measure KK funding is available for San Antonio Park? Currently, approximately $1M is available, and a portion of that amount will be used for the master planning process and the remainder will be applied toward identified park renovations and improvements.
What is the funding source for the Fire Station #4 project and what impact will it have on the funding allotted for San Antonio Park? The replacement of Fire Station #4 is a defined project, also through Measure KK, but with a separate account, and will not have any impact on the allotted funding for San Antonio Park.
The City is rolling out a master plan process for San Antonio park to surface and organize community needs and goals for the park, and to set shared priorities especially for services and programming given existing amenities, limited resources, and significant community needs. The San Antonio Park Master Planning team will review existing documentation (including the 2003 Master Plan), historical documents and any recent improvements to provide an updated Long-Range Master Plan upon which the City of Oakland can develop a proposed Capital Improvement Plan for future funding and implementation.
A series of three community meetings will be held via ZOOM as well as community surveys conducted. The first community meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to express ideas and/or concerns regarding future improvements. A community survey will be available following this meeting. The second Community Engagement Meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to learn the results of the initial survey and how this input may affect options for improvements to the park. A second community survey will follow this meeting. A third Community Engagement Meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to see how the prioritized options are illustrated in the Master Plan.
This page will continue to be updated with Community Meeting Presentations, survey links, survey results and other information. We welcome your participation!