4/29/21 COMMUNITY MEETING #3 - Questions submitted by 4/27 will be addressed at the meeting (use green button above or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 12:00-1:00 PM* English/Cantonese http://bit.ly/SA-Cantonese
- 4:30-5:30 PM* English/Spanish http://bit.ly/SA-Spanish
- 6:30-7:30 PM English/Vietnamese/ASL http://bit.ly/SA-Vietnamese
*Note: ASL provided upon request by email to email@example.com
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ's)
Who received notification about the San Antonio Park Master Plan process? A compiled list of organizations/contacts from the City's Departments of Parks Recreation and Youth Development, Human Services (related to Head Start programming), and Council Office, along with all addresses within a 1-mile radius of San Antonio Park (+8000) were notified. In addition to the input/feedback from the community engagement meetings, the surveys will help clarify community priorities at large - this is important to ensure that those who cannot participate in meetings, for various reasons, can still have a voice and be included.
I wasn't able to attend the January and/or March community engagement meetings - how can I participate in the master planning process? Presentation slides of the meetings 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 public engagement meeting information as well as other project-related documents.
What are the main differences between the 3 Master Plan options? (Please refer to "Photo Gallery" or "Documents" sections below for schematic layouts):
- Option 1: The community garden is expanded at the north of the site; an all-inclusive playground is centered near the existing park restrooms; there is a large dog play area below the basketball courts; a native plant demonstration garden is adjacent to the existing lawn amphitheater; there are two multi-use courts on the current tennis courts.
- Option 2: A smaller sized dog play area is north of the basketball courts; an all-inclusive playground is south of the basketball courts; a native plant demonstration garden is to the north and east of the basketball courts; there is a skate park in the area of the existing tennis courts. Also, the community garden is not expanded.
- Option 3: The community garden is expanded at the north of the site; a large all-inclusive playground is south of the basketball courts; a native plant demonstration garden is north of the basketball courts; there is a futsal court and tennis court in place of the existing tennis courts. Also, there is no dog play area.
Why do all 3 Master Plan options include Fire Station #4? The San Antonio Park Master Plan (SAPMP) is a collaborative effort amongst the City's Departments of Parks Recreation and Youth Development, Fire, and Human Services (who runs the Head Start program). Despite the search for a viable property by the City's Real Estate staff over the course of a year and a half, none have been found; and the City is in need of replacing Fire Station 4 as an essential service. The process for identifying San Antonio Park as the proposed location for the Oakland Fire Station #4 relocation is outlined in Fire Station 4 - Project Development/Status Diagram in the "Documents" section below.
What is the public engagement process after the third community meeting on April 27th? The Master Plan document will be presented at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, go through a Planning review, and then be presented at City Council, which all include the opportunity for public engagement. Ultimately, City Council will have the final authority in adopting the San Antonio Park Master Plan.
If the Master Plan is adopted by City Council, what improvements will be added to San Antonio Park when Fire Station #4 is constructed? Improvements include defined entries into the park, shared community room, path "knuckle" for featuring public art/historical marker, native path garden with seating, bike parking, and more (see Fire Station #4 Site Study in the "Photo Gallery" section below). These improvements will be included in the construction of the station, paid for by the Fire Department.
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.
Why spend money on a new Master Plan? The investment in a new Master Plan that outlines both the needed improvements and associated rough costs, will enable OPRYD (Oakland Parks Recreation and Youth Development) to more readily seek funding. This is especially true for state grants which often require an adopted Master Plan of sorts that has been developed through a robust community engagement process demonstrating diversity, equity, and inclusion; the old 2003 Master Plan is a schematic drawing that was never adopted by City Council nor identifies cost estimates or a clear community engagement process.
What about the maintenance needs already identified in the old 2003 Master Plan that have yet to be addressed? These will carry over into the new San Antonio Park Master Plan in a defined section along with associated rough cost estimates so that funding gaps/needs are clear - an important element in requesting future funding and in applying for future grants.
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 (refer to Fire Station 4 - Service Area in "Documents" section below) 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 owners unresponsive. A modern drive-through fire station requires a minimum lot size approximately 140-ft wide and 240-ft deep in order to safely accommodate the required turning radius of the fire trucks. While not optimal, in order to reduce the footprint, the Oakland Fire Department is opting for a "back-in" station at San Antonio Park, thereby reducing the site requirement to 135-ft wide and 180-ft deep.
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.
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. Resolution No. 88240, in which the City Council approved the design for Fire Station #4, can be found in the "Documents" section below.
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!