The Parks and Recreation Commission has approved a bid to rename the Pleasanton Sports and Recreation Community Park for the late Mayor Ken Mercer.
If the commission's recommendation is approved by the City Council at a July meeting, the park's new name will be "Ken Mercer Sports Park."
Most speakers at the commission's meeting last Thursday favored the name change with commission members voting 4-1 to approve the change.
In addition, the commission voted unanimously to approved the Rotary Club of Pleasanton's request to rename Main Street Garden to Rotary Park in celebration of the club's 50th anniversary.
The City Council will consider both measures in July.
Other matters considered by the commission last Thursday included:
* Selection of a site for the future location of an off-leash dog park
The commission selected the west side of the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail as the site for the future location of an off-leash dog park.
This site is most desirable, but parking and wildlife may be an issue.
The staff will forward the location choice to the City Council for consideration; and if approved, staff will start securing architectural design services, addressing anticipated issues along with operational issues and funding for design services.
* Review and approve the Old Vineyard Avenue Pedestrian Trail, Phase 3
The final phase of the Old Vineyard Avenue Pedestrian Trail, Phase 3, was presented to the commission and public.
Phase 3 of the trail will be from Machado Court eastward to the Ruby Hill trail head.
Many residents of the neighborhood said they are against the last phase because it would increase traffic on Safreno Way, creating a safety issue. Parking for the trail was also a concern to some residents. Lastly, many residents stated they didn't believe the 300-foot horse trail would be used.
The commission agreed with the residents about parking and safety issues, and advised the staff to look into other options for Phase 3.
* Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Master Plan
The commission approved the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which will provide a framework for directing city resources toward parks, facilities and programs, and address future community recreation needs over the next 10 years.
This proposal will be presented to the City Council next month.