Jean Sweeney Open Space Park is a gem of Alameda, located in West/Central Alameda near public transit and with a wide variety of existing and planned amenities for our community.  There are two more phases still to build and the City is continuing to seek grant funding to do just that.  We are applying for a very competitive grant from the State Parks & Water Bond to fund construction of the most western side of Sweeney Park.  And we want your feedback on what it will look like and programs we’ll offer!  Please take this 10 minute survey to tell us what you want from your park.

On the next page is a layout of the proposed western side of Sweeney Park.  Please review carefully and then we’ll ask your input on the various proposed features and facilities.  You’ll have an opportunity to view the layout again at the end of the survey with a last opportunity for open ended feedback.


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In 2013 - 2014, the City conducted an extensive community input process for the Sweeney Park master plan. As a result, this western side of the park was planned for Urban Agriculture. This includes a community garden with individual plots and large plots, demonstration garden, playground, outdoor classroom, seed & tool lending library and urban orchard plus parking, lighting, restroom, benches and picnic areas.

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* 1. Please check all amenities that you want to see at the western side of Sweeney Park.

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* 2. Now please rank all of the amenities for the western side of Sweeney Park.

The community garden will be open to all Alameda residents on a lottery basis.  It will include individual sized plots as well as larger plots for families, groups or organizations.  The design also includes an outdoor classroom, small play area for kids while their families are gardening, tool sheds and a flexible unplanned space for future expansion.  The community garden is planned in partnership with the Alameda Food Bank to provide plots at no cost to its clients and the education on how to garden as well as ensure extra food grown there is donated to the Food Bank.

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* 3. Do you believe it is important to include a community garden in Sweeney Park?

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* 4. Would you sign up for a plot at the community garden?

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* 5. If yes, would you be interested in partnering with a client from the Alameda Food Bank to garden together with that person/family and teach them how to garden?

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* 6. What types of fruit trees and vining plants would you like to see in the Urban Orchard?

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* 7. What Gardening and Education topics would interest you?

The Alameda Food Bank has been feeding the island since 1977.  The Alameda Food Bank’s office and original distribution site is located on Constitution Way, directly adjacent to Sweeney Park.    The Alameda Food Bank is considering fundraising to build a new building that would combine its office and warehouse as well as provide food distribution in a just and equitable way laid out similar to a grocery store.  This building is being considered, but is in no way finalized, at the existing site and expanding into the southwestern edge of Sweeney Park.  The building would be designed in a way to aesthetically match the park, be cohesive with the park design, and would include onsite parking for the facility.

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* 8. Given this information, do you believe a new Alameda Food Bank building would be beneficial for the Alameda community?

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* 9. Do you have any concerns about an Alameda Food Bank building at this location?

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* 10. Do you have any specific suggestions for an Alameda Food Bank building at this location?  Please describe your suggestions

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* 11. The grant application requires demographics of who is taking our survey so we ensure we are capturing feedback across a diverse cross-section of our community.  

Please specify your ethnicity.   You may check more than one.

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* 12. What gender do you identify as?

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* 13. What is your age?

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* 14. What is your family status?

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* 15. Proposed layout of Sweeney Park – Urban Agriculture, the western side of the park.  Please give us any additional feedback and thoughts.

Thank you for your time and thoughtfulness in completing this survey.  We hope to secure funding to build out more of Sweeney Park!

If you have any questions or additional input that was not covered by this survey, please email Amy Wooldridge, Recreation and Parks Director, at awooldridge@alamedaca.gov 
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