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July 19, 2005 > Ardenwood Land Use Plan update

Ardenwood Land Use Plan update

by Linda Stone

On June 30, members of the public were invited by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) to share comments on bringing the 1980 Land Use Plan up-to-date in preparation of the Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and environmental documentation, in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The LUPA will contain a long-range vision for directing resource management, interpretation and facility development at Ardenwood.

According to Raphael Breines of the park's, Planning Services Department, about 16 people attended, mostly those affiliated with the park in some way as docents, volunteers, etc. Only a couple people were from the adjacent neighborhood.

Comments were generally supportive of how the park is now operated and with the programs and events that are offered. For the most part, no major concerns were raised. One commenter thought that for the park to remain sustainable in the long run, additional revenue-generating concessions should be offered. Another worried about the safety of the eucalyptus trees. This was followed by a discussion of the general health of trees in the park that have suffered recently from pest problems.

The next step is to process all comments, issues and needs voiced and write the plan. "We intend to release a draft plan amendment to the public mid-October and will hold a public meeting to solicit comments shortly thereafter. There will an approval process for the city of Fremont and the park district. I hope final approval will be sometime early next year," said Breines.

Owned by the city of Fremont and operated by the EBRPD, Ardenwood Historic Farm is a unique public resource that offers a rich spectrum of cultural, educational and recreational opportunities. It is a fully functioning farm that includes a 19th century county estate with gardens. The farm offers historical facilities and activities, interpreting the general themes of the post Gold Rush Era and farming evolution. The farm hosts a variety of events and celebrations.

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