Two harbor seals on new float Alameda Point

August 12, 2016

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Harbor seals adapting to new float

A new concrete float for harbor seals was delivered to Alameda Point on June 22. It is the first-of-its-kind on the West Coast. With seals starting to use the new platform, a milestone has been reached culminating two-and-a-half years of citizen advocacy to maintain a resting site for harbor seals at Alameda Point. A ferry maintenance […]

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Two striped crabs eating vegetation on the breakwater at Alameda Point.

July 14, 2016

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Marine ecosystem thrives at Alameda Point

Conservation of wildlife isn’t just important at Crab Cove  Visitors flock to Crab Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area, to learn about and experience the Bay’s sea dwellers. The educational lessons at the Crab Cove Visitor Center are equally relevant throughout the waterway south of the USS Hornet at Alameda Point where even more creatures […]

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June 9, 2016

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Dining on the farm at Alameda Point

The Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) served up gourmet meals at their annual Urban Farm Table fundraising event on Sunday, May 15, 2016. About 100 guests were seated under a canopy squarely in the middle of crops growing on the Alameda Point farm. This year’s menu was again created by Jeff Rosen, executive chef at Blue […]

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Alameda Landing promenade:park

June 3, 2016

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Waterfront plans change at Alameda Landing

~ Developer proposes housing, hotel, and plaza at former Navy supply center Alameda Landing is about to enter its final phase of development. A 2006 plan that once called for all commercial on the 41-acre waterfront parcel behind Target is being replaced with a new plan. It includes an additional 375 housing units, a 124-room […]

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Dredging the northwest corner of the Seaplane Lagoon in February 2012.

May 12, 2016

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Radium safety enhanced at Seaplane Lagoon

The City of Alameda became the new owner of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point on April 13, 2016. It came from the Navy with a new condition that exceeds normal protocols for dredging in San Francisco Bay. As with all cleanup sites, the Navy, city and regulators agreed to what areas needed to be […]

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May 6, 2016

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Ferry agency, volunteers help the least terns

Sand being delivered to the least tern nesting grounds at Alameda Point on February 25, 2016.  Bay Bridge in the background.

Three thousand tons of sand was added to the nesting grounds for the least terns at Alameda Point in late February and early March. In the weeks that followed, volunteers from St. George Spirits and the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts came out to help make the site ready for the arrival of the terns […]

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March 18, 2016

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Demolition of former Navy apartments begins

Demolition of Navy apartment buildings at West Tower Avenue and Orion Street, Alameda Point.

The demolition of 16 former Navy apartment buildings at Alameda Point has begun. On January 5, 2016, the City Council awarded a $547,000 contract to Asbestos Management Group of Oakland to perform the demolition. In April of 2015, the city council directed city staff to come up with a plan to address safety and blight […]

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February 29, 2016

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Navy adds a wetland and grassland

Jan.13,2016 Site 1 wetland. Navy photo.

The Navy’s cleanup program has not only removed toxic substances from below ground, it has dramatically improved some of the above ground environment by creating new native grassland and wetlands. January rains filled the Navy’s new seasonal wetland on the northwest shoreline corner of Alameda Point and fostered growth of newly planted native grass seed […]

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February 8, 2016

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Seaplane Lagoon ferry service in limbo

Alameda Main Street Ferry Terminal passengers boarding.

The new residential and commercial developer at Alameda Point has set aside $10 million toward the construction of a passenger ferry terminal at the Seaplane Lagoon. The Bay Area’s ferry agency – the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) – however, has made it clear there is currently no funding to operate a ferry there. WETA […]

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January 23, 2016

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Artistic expression at Alameda Point

"Art in the park"

The viewer is left to decide where graffiti ends and art begins in the following images. Regardless of opinion, one thing is clear: There are people looking for an opportunity to artistically express themselves.  And Alameda Point has plenty of abandoned interior and exterior walls to accommodate them. Artist Sam Norton created the mural below […]

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January 11, 2016

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Waterfront Park plans – Public comment welcomed

AP Waterfront Plans

The Planning Board and the Recreation and Park Commission will be making comments this week on the first phase of a waterfront park being planned for the north side of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point.  The public is invited to offer comments. The Planning Board meeting is on Monday at 7 PM at City […]

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January 7, 2016

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Harbor seal dock, ferry depot plans on track

Harbor seals on old dock

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is aiming for the delivery of a new dock for harbor seals at Alameda Point as early as April, ahead of the start of construction of its new ferry maintenance facility this summer. Because the maintenance facility’s new berthing dock would displace the seals’ current resting spot, a provision […]

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December 27, 2015

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Brown pelicans display beauty during trying times

California brown pelicans resting on Alameda Point dock

About 100 California Brown Pelicans made an unusual appearance on the old wooden dock on the south side of Alameda Point near the U.S.S. Hornet on December 23. The visit provided a rare close-up view of this colorful and iconic bird, but also a reminder of their struggle to survive as a species. Only one […]

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December 5, 2015

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City receives award for brownfield redevelopment

An old warehouse used for the Navy's former Fleet Industrial Supply Center and a crane at the Port of Oakland provide a backdrop for condominiums nearing completion on Bette Street at Alameda Landing.

The city has received a prestigious award for its successful collaboration with a private developer on a brownfield redevelopment project—namely, Alameda Landing. The new retail and residential area is located near the Webster/Posey Tubes.   “The Landing is a complex project that lends itself to a public-private partnership,” said Debbie Potter, the city’s Community Development Director. […]

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November 19, 2015

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Navy housing site safe to transfer

Center courtyard in former Navy housing area called North Housing.  Looking north/northeast.

The vacated residential area known as North Housing—located between Alameda Point and Alameda Landing—has been deemed environmentally safe for transfer out of Navy hands. The approval comes after a four-year effort to clean up groundwater to drinking water standards was declared unnecessary and terminated. The original overly cautious risk assumption in the 2007 cleanup plan—that […]

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