!!!!*****MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 6/16/21 AT SAN ANTONIO PARK IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE****!!!!
Learn more about the proposed relocation of Fire Station 4! Hear from Fire and Real Estate Departments, among others, explaining Priority, Site Criteria, Real Estate Analysis, Proposed Location, Public Amenities, Funding and more at future meetings. Dates and locations will be announced soon.
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) was used for notification in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and English. An informational flyer (in envelope) was sent for Community Engagement Meeting Series 1 with instructions on how to participate and how and when to access the survey. A similar flyer was sent for Community Engagement Meeting Series 2 as well as a reminder postcard for Survey #2. A similar postcard was sent for Community Engagement Meeting Series 3, in addition to ongoing communications through the City’s public information media channels. Over 100 Community based organizations such as civic groups, churches, schools, family and children service organizations, and special interest groups receive ongoing communications via email with a request to share information with constituents. The two surveys were conducted online with the option to provide a zip code so it could be determined how much response was from the surrounding area. Both surveys were open for responses for approximately 2 weeks and dates listed on the announcement flyers, Community Engagement Meeting presentations, project webpage, and other City media sites. Both surveys were extended by 2-3 days to accommodate additional distributions. All requests for hard copies were mailed out with self-addressed, stamped return envelopes and responses tabulated along with online results. Details of the survey results are included in the Community Engagement Meeting presentations in the "Documents" section below. There were over 250 participants in the Community Engagement Meetings over the three series, with specific questions or comments of broad interest addressed in this FAQ section.
I wasn't able to attend the 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 meeting information as well as other project-related documents.
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 and why is its timely replacement critical? The existing station's size, configuration, and infrastructure cannot support modern emergency response equipment, safety requirements, and personnel. Fire Station 4 is over 100 years old and does not meet ADA, NFPA (NationalFire Protection Association), or OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards. Please refer to the Community Engagement Meeting #3 Presentation (slide 7), in the "Document" section below for more information.
What were the City's Real Estate process and the overall site criteria analysis used in selecting San Antonio Park as a proposed location for the relocation of Fire Station 4? The City’s Real Estate staff began property search in 2019 using proprietary databases, field surveys, and word of mouth. Please refer to the Community Engagement Meeting #3 Presentation (slides 5 & 6), in the "Document" section below for more information.
Why was eminent domain not an option in considering the relocation of Fire Station 4? This requires Council direction on policy; acquisition of real property through the use of the City's power of eminent domain shall be authorized by Council adoption of a resolution of necessity pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1245.210, et seq.
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 about the loss of open space? While 3% of the open space will be lost if Fire Station 4 is relocated to San Antonio Park, the Fire Department has committed to including numerous improvements (shared community room, path "knuckle" for featuring public art/historical marker, native path garden with seating, bike parking, etc.). Please refer to the Community Engagement Meeting #3 Presentation (slide 9), in the "Document" section below for more information.
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.
What improvements are being proposed with the inclusion of Fire Station #4 to San Antonio Park? 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 with the construction of the station, paid for by the Fire Department.
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!