Park Board Member, Amy Wieskamp, Gives Welcome at Dublin Meeting
The Recreation HQ attended the public meeting in Dublin last night regarding East Bay Regional Park District’s General Plan. The ongoing issue of the District “reaching in” to the Tesla property and the fact that the District does not offer one single acre of OHV recreation to the residents of CCC and Alameda counties (over 28K + registered non-street legal OHVs owned by residents who pay prop WW taxes to support the District in those counties) were topics brought up.
HQ also talked with Mike Anderson, the District planning lead, about next steps in the planning process. Mike said it looks like they will not be able to develop a draft plan for public review and comment until January 2013. He also said there is not deadline for the public comment period. However, HQ believes that users should try and get comments in before October 10, 2012.
HQ encouraged Mike to post this information on the District website so the public can be assured that they will have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft master plan BEFORE the park board casts a final vote. HQ also got to meet one of the board members, Amy Wieskamp, and hopes that she will consider our input regarding OHV use at Tesla and on other District properties.
Thanks to all who came out to the meeting and/or who have been attending the meetings. Getting involved in the public process is how things get done. However, I would issue one word of caution to those of you who are posting on other blogs and forums. It does not benefit our cause or add to our credibility as a user community when a few folks post derogatory and highly inflammable personal comments about District staff or directors. It is perfectly fine to take them to task on policy issues but keep the personal attacks off the web. They don’t help.
The next and final public meeting of this series is Oct. 9 at:
Richmond Memorial Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
7:00 – 8:30pm
Again, it is important for OHV to show up and make pro-OHV or other policy comments at the various flip chart stations. Thanks again to all of you who are taking time out of your busy schedules to attend.
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Original author: Don Amador