Letter to Parks Commission, with Document

Roger Miller is the Secretary of the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Commission. The following email was sent on July 7 at 9:43 a.m.

Dear Roger,

I notice that the July 13 PRW Commission meeting has still not been announced on the City’s website .  No agenda has been posted, and there is no Zoom link.  The delay in posting this otherwise routine and required information raises the question whether the Commission intends to postpone the July 13 meeting.  That would be very unfortunate, as there is intense public interest in the BMASP issue and dozens of individuals are prepared to speak on that topic in the public comments section.  

Attached for distribution to the Commissioners and related parties please find the document “Public Response to the Berkeley Marina Area Specific Plan (BMASP) Proposals for Cesar Chavez Park.”  This reprints written public comments dating from May 1 to July 7 2022 and published on chavezpark.org, the website of the Chavez Park Conservancy. The attached document does not include the Berkeleyside Op-ed on the same topic published April 29 and its comments.  This has been widely distributed already.  

Thank you for your continuing valued service to Berkeley’s parks and waterfront.  

Martin Nicolaus
Chavez Park Conservancy

P.S. Update Friday afternoon: The Commission meeting agenda and Zoom address have now been posted here.

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  • Cesar Chavez park is currently open space for all. Our city is undergoing urbanization at a fast clip and the recent pandemic ought to have taught us the importance of accessible open space for our bodies and spirits. Cesar Chavez is accessible to anyone with a bike and is served to some extent by public transit. It is very child & senior friendly. All the school yards that are counted as open space/parks by the city have now been fenced off. Tilden Regional Park is only accessible to car drivers or the fittest of bike riders. Cesar Chavez is precious and unique because it offers respite from the urban but is close to the densely populated parts of the city. Where else in Berkeley can one watch Great blue herons stalking or fly a kite? Or host an outdoor family gathering without paying a hefty fee? The impetus to privatize a large chunk of it’s footprint is to make a profit to be used to improve the marina. The City of Berkeley collects half of the marina fees at present and it is speculative to say the least to assume the city will actually turn enough of a profit to fund any improvements or even cover the costs of the new hires needed to oversee the new complex envisioned. Please don’t turn this beloved open space into a privatized venue for paying customers

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