PLEASANTON -- The city, known for its dozens of parks, will look to add to that number in coming years with the City Council's agreement to move forward with the Bernal Community Park Project.

The council made the decision Sept. 18.

Although the city doesn't yet know where all the money will come fromt, the second part of the four-phase project will cost roughly $15.8 million. It will add more sports fields and create a wooded space called Oak Woodland. The community park will be built on a 318-acre parcel east of Interstate 680, where a lit baseball field -- part of the project's first phase -- currently sits.

Some project funding will come from a reserve the city set up and maintained specifically for Bernal Community Park. Another roughly $810,000 will come from reserves in the city's capital improvement budget.

According to City Manager Nelson Fialho, about $3.2 million in funding is also expected to come from the East Bay Regional Park District thanks to voters who approved the passage of the district's Measure W bond issue.

That lealves about $5.6 million of the cost to still be covered.

The city council suggested money be raised through either fee assessments for users of the sports fields, contributions made from sports organizations, corporate sponsors or even a community fundraiser.


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City council member Matt Sullivan said while he approves of the project, he hopes future councils will make sure to spend wisely with the construction of Phase II of the Bernal Community Park.

"Moving forward I ask the future city council to look at this in 2013 and look at what the economy looks like," he said. "If we can't make up the $5-million shortfall, I'd be concerned about going forward."

Phase II of the project will add three lit multi-purpose fields in the same area of the park as well as another baseball field, an outdoor amphitheater, a cultural arts center and a park maintenance facility.

The timeline for the project will be presented at a December council meeting and design plans are scheduled to be presented in January. Construction is expected to being next fall.

The park is scheduled to open in fall 2015.

Contact Katie Nelson at 925-847-2164 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.

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