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Submitted by on 1, February 3, 2010 – 5:55 amNo Comment

buildingBefore I get too wrapped up in the election post-op, I wanted to remind you that the City Council’s meeting tonight. They’ve got a whole bunch of little things on their agenda, including an application for the city’s entire $3.5 million Measure WW regional park bond grant.

If okayed by the council Wednesday, the city’s grant application will include a request to use $2 million for the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda’s new facility on the grounds of the old Woodstock Elementary School. The city will also ask permission to use $1.37 million to replace the recreation center at Krusi Park, which city staff said will allow ARPD to provide after-school care for kids from Otis Elementary, and to make a host of other improvements at the park. The city will also request $100,000 to replace a play structure at Tillman Park.

If the East Bay Regional Park District board determines the money can’t be used for the Boys & Girls Club, the city will ask for money to renovate the Lincoln Park center and field; replace the restroom at the Encinal Boat Ramp; renovate athletic field lighting at Washington, Woodstock and Leydecker parks; and resurface tennis courts at all the city’s parks.

The council decided on December 1 that it would submit the Boys & Girls Club’s request to the parks board for them to decide on, over the objections of open space advocates who want the money spent on other projects. If the request is approved by the parks board, the club would get $2 million in bond money to help construct its new facility, which the city would then get some use of, and pay $1 million back over five years.

Incidentally, Mayor Beverly Johnson is also putting forward nominations to fill a Recreation and Park Commission seat vacated by Jo Kahuanui, who voiced strong objections to the club’s funding request (the commission voted unanimously to oppose it). Her term was to expire on September 30, 2010.

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