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April 21, 2010 > Letter to the editor: Public Opening of the East Bay Regional Park (EBRP) on Vargas Plateau

Letter to the editor: Public Opening of the East Bay Regional Park (EBRP) on Vargas Plateau

This potential Regional Parklands and Trails could very well be the 'keystone' for connecting the North Regional Park (Wildcat Canyon East Bay Skyline Regional Trail) to the South Regional Parks, Mission Peak, Sunol/Ohlone Wilderness Trail including Alameda Creek Regional Trails to the Bay!

A confrontation with Fremont Citizens and Fremont City Staff can totally be avoided by proper vehicle access to Vargas Plateau EBRP. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is of great importance. Increase traffic on Morrison Canyon Rd. should have been evaluated in the EIR for the EBRPD.

The following entrance and exits are recommended as the solution for Morrison Canyon Rd. from Mission Blvd. and Vargas Rd.

The prime entrance: The existing Niles Staging Area at Old Canyon Rd. near Vargas Plateau as well as BART. Also, reconstruction of the adjacent closed Clay Pits for parking etc. with access to Mission Peak and the Sunol/Ohlone Wilderness Trail; also, access to the Niles Community Center and easy entrance to Coyote Hills Regional Parks.

Other Alternatives:

* Mission Road off Hwy 680. A rock quarry with a road and easy access to the Vargas Plateau Park.

* Canyon Heights Rd. at Pickering St. The City of Fremont owns some acreage as well as the Rose family with access on a present road into the hills adjacent to the Plateau Park site.

The UNSAFE Access to Vargas Plateau:

* Morrison Canyon Road (MCR) Why? MCR is a one lane with two-way traffic (between 7-10 feet wide) with environmental impacts.

* Vargas Road is more residential with the same narrow winding road.

These two roads are within High Fire Hazard Areas with limited access (namely fire fighters and police). Thus, no camp-fires etc.

To bring the unsafe area into reality, the following quote must be presented involving MCR and EBRPD's Director Ayn Weiskamp at a previous board meeting. "I drove MCR and I will never drive it again, it is too DANGEROUS".

James W. Gearhart

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