November 27, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: A Win-Win for Kimber Park
Letter to the Editor: A Win-Win for Kimber Park
On November 20, 2012, collective efforts of the Kimber neighborhood's 20-month-long grassroots campaign were rewarded. We can now look forward to a future where we will have what we have always hoped for...a beautiful, appropriately scaled, multi-faceted recreational facility in the center of our neighborhood which preserves the open space, trees, foliage and wildlife...and truly builds community...something our neighborhood and all of Fremont can be proud of.
I am so proud of the level of passion and engagement in our SKP (Save Kimber Park) community. We have remained unified, committed and respectful, although many obstacles were encountered along the way. Together we have put in thousands of hours and dedicated ourselves to our mission statement "to forever preserving a park-like natural and open area, including a recreational facility in the Kimber Park Neighborhood." I believe that no group in Fremont's history has ever fought as vigorously to protect their neighborhood.
I would like to thank everyone who participated, in any way, in our effort. Without the combined efforts of each and every one of you, we would not be where we are today. Although admittedly significant work lies ahead, in terms of follow through and execution and trust-building, I believe we are now in a different phase entirely.
In July, we made history in Fremont with the passing of the Protect Fremont Private Open Space Initiative and now, based on City Council's direction, this parcel will be placed in the Private Open Space General Plan designation and will be subject to the Initiative. City staff will need to modify the definition of Private Open Space slightly to ensure the owner has a conforming recreational use; however, we have kept this parcel from being a target in the future. Change of its use will not be possible without a unanimous vote of council or a vote of the people of Fremont. The developer and owner have also agreed to place a deed restriction on the property which prohibits residential and will provide an additional layer of protection. We have achieved as close to "forever" protection as we can get.
This is the win-win solution we had hoped for. I have met with the owner several times over the last ten days and sincerely believe that she is motivated to move forward in earnest on this new path. I would specifically like to thank her and the developer for the progress which has been made in changing the proposal over the last 30 days.
If you missed the meeting and want to watch it online, the web link is: http://www.fremont.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=39&Type=Recent. We will continue to post updates of any plan revisions on our website at www.SaveKimberPark.com. Thank You Fremont for supporting the initiative and our Save Kimber Park efforts.
Co-President, Save Kimber Park Steering Committee