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Tidewater Boating Center opens Saturday

Submitted by on 1, March 1, 2011 – 12:02 amNo Comment

Saturday marks the opening of a fresh landmark along the Oakland/Alameda Estuary: the $4 million, 12,000-square foot Tidewater Boating Center.

The new center, which is set in Oakland’s Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park, is home to a boathouse and indoor training facility to be operated by the Oakland Strokes rowing club, whose membership includes middle and high school students from all over the East Bay. In addition to operating portions of the facility, the club will reach out to local youths to generate additional interest in competitive rowing.

The facility also includes an ADA-accessible dock for boat launching which opened in January that is now being used by kayakers. The roof line was inspired by the shape of an oar blade, according to the East Bay Regional Park District, which got the center built.

The grand opening begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and will be emceed by Alameda’s representative on the East Bay Regional Park District board, Doug Siden. The event will also include an appearance from State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley; an open house for the new center; and several interpretive programs.

Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by e-mailing bmontano@ebparks.org. The center’s address is 4675 Tidewater Avenue, Oakland.

Funding for the center came primarily from a state grant the parks district received in 2003, with additional funding from Measure CC, a parks parcel tax approved by East Bay voters in 2004.

Siden will give Alameda’s City Council a presentation on the center at their regular meeting tonight.

In other City Hall news, the council is set to approve parking ticket increases at tonight’s meeting. Fines for two dozen offenses that had ranged from $30 to $35 will rise to between $40 and $60 if the council assents, which could raise an additional $75,000 a year for the city.

City staff had asked the council on February 15 to raise fees to $50 for each offense, but council members said they wanted fines to be based on the severity of each offense.

The council is also set to name five community organization to sit on a panel that will interview finalists for the city manager’s job. The five to be discussed tonight include school board vice president Margie Sherratt; Alameda Health Care District Board president Jordan Battani; College of Alameda President Dr. Jannett Jackson; Alameda Point Collaborative director Doug Biggs; and the Alameda Business Alliance’s Jeff Cambra.

The council decided in February it would set up panels comprised of community members, union leaders and department heads to vet finalists for the manager’s job. The council hopes to choose a new city manager in March.

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