De-Pave Park Slated to Receive Planning Grant

Richard Bangert--View of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point, looking toward San Francisco, showing the location of proposed De-Pave Park adjacent to a wetland on VA property, with the ferry terminal in the foreground.

De-Pave Park Slated to Receive Planning Grant

Alameda’s proposed De-Pave Park project has made the short list for this year’s grant funding from the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. The Restoration Authority Board will hear staff recommendations and provide input at its Feb. 25 meeting, with authorization coming at its April meeting.

Of this year’s 18 applicants, six have been selected for funding. The recommended award for De-Pave Park is $800,000. This amount is expected to cover the cost of developing a master plan, as well as the first level of construction drawings.

“When fully designed and constructed, the project will create approximately 18 acres of habitats, including subtidal areas, tidal wetlands, and uplands,” the staff report states. “The park will be designed to evolve with sea level rise to include a growing amount of baylands with continued public access from a raised boardwalk. Staff anticipates proposing to provide partial funding, which would support the City of Alameda in conducting a master plan process and developing 30% design plans over the next two years,” the report states.

The De-Pave Park tidal wetland at Alameda Point will integrate with the adjacent wetland on the Veterans Affairs (VA) property that is currently undergoing expansion and restoration.

This is the second attempt by Amy Wooldridge, the city’s Recreation and Park Director, to secure a planning grant from the restoration authority. Prior to submitting a grant application in the Fall of 2020, the city enlisted the help of landscape design company CMG to help bolster the application with more details on how the wetland park may look. The vision plan drafted by CMG explores how the existing concrete and shoreline boulders could be repurposed onsite, possible trails and observation points, and calculations on the carbon sequestration benefits.

The Restoration Authority disburses funds annually to projects around San Francisco Bay through a grant program. The funds come from Measure AA, the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Measure. It was a revenue generating measure placed on the June 2016 ballots of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area by the Restoration Authority. The measure proposed a 20-year, $12 parcel tax to raise approximately $25 million annually, or $500 million over twenty years, to fund restoration projects in the Bay. It passed with 70 percent approval across the region and went into effect in 2017.

More details about De-Pave Park can be found on the Alameda Point Environmental Report blog at

Contributing writer Richard Bangert posts stories and photos about environmental issues on his blog Alameda Point Environmental Report