Construction of the $16.5-million expansion of Bernal Community Park is proceeding on schedule with plans now to open the new sports fields and a "Grand Meadow" called Oak Woodland next May.
The project includes three lighted multi-purpose all-weather synthetic sports fields, small grass areas, group picnic areas, an area for children's play equipment and drinking fountains. These fields will be an extension of the two lighted baseball fields built several years ago and will include playing areas and bleachers for soccer, rugby, lacrosse, youth football and more baseball fields.
The Oak Woodland area includes asphalt and decomposed granite walkways, benches and a boardwalk with trees and foliage that will eventually make this a dense forest-like park for strollers, relaxing and family get-togethers. All of the new landscape will be irrigated with recycled water.
A split rail fence, already installed, replaces the chain link fence at the end of the park along Bernal Avenue and along Oak Vista Way, the park's border with homes built on the Bernal site more than 10 years ago.
All underground water and sewer facilities and storm drains have been installed, as well as all grading for the Woodland. Topsoil has been added and trees were planted Sept. 30.
Motorists on both Bernal and Valley avenues can also see green native grasses just starting to germinate from hydro seeding and the recent rains.
The contractor is currently working on hardwiring the tall field lights that were installed last month, so far the most dominant feature of the new park. This work should be completed this month.
Parking lots to accommodate the sports fields and woodlands visitors will be paved in January.
Shade structures and other small buildings planned for the park are being built off-site and will be installed in the early part of 2016.
"We are on time and on track with our projected milestones for the Bernal Community Park and are very excited with the progress and the way things are starting to shape up," said Tracy Dunne, the city's public information officer.
The main contractor for the project is Goodland Landscape Construction of Tracy, who is being paid $12,186,991 for the work. Other contracts went to Valley Precision Grading for $2,090,778 for the purchase and installation of all-weather turf fields, and to Harris Design for $408,861, the project's landscape architect, to provide construction support services.
Representatives of Pleasanton's major youth sports organizations have pledged to reimburse the city with $2 million to be raised through fundraisers. In the meantime, the city borrowed that amount from a reserve fund so that the Bernal project could get underway.
Bernal Community Park is a 318 acre tract of city-owned land that was given to the city of Pleasanton in 2000 by Greenbriar Homes.
The developer, with its partners, paid $126 million to acquire the 510-acre Bernal property from the city of San Francisco, which had owned the acreage since the 1930s. At that time, Greenbriar and KB Home received approvals to build 530 homes and apartments on Bernal, which have been completed and are now occupied.
Voters approved the Bernal park master plan three years ago.