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Tennis Turmoil


On Monday, December 9, the Architectural Board of Review will look at Elings Park Foundation’s plan for its corporate office space plus fitness studio and café at the Las Positas Tennis Courts. The proposed building is 3,500 square feet and will involve extensive grading and a retaining wall cut into the hillside. This private group wants to build this permanent structure on public park land that has been leased to them for $1/year. There is bound to be worsening traffic congestion during construction and afterward on the already beleaguered Las Positas Road. The city is contemplating measures to reduce the current traffic issues. As the project is adjacent to a landfill, mitigation for toxic gases will be needed. Wildlife will be disrupted, and oak trees removed with the construction of this large building. There will be untoward effects on the adjacent creek that runs into the ocean at Arroyo Burro Beach.

The tennis-playing public does not want or need this expensive project. Tennis fees will increase even further. The city leased the tennis courts to Elings to avoid deferred maintenance on the site. Minor upgrades to the existing parking lot and bathrooms can be accomplished without such devastating environmental effects.

Say no to this building!

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