Alameda Community News Project: City, park district at odds over veterans' complex deal, March 16, 2012


City and East Bay Regional Park District officials are at odds over a proposed deal that would move a planned veterans’ complex off property that has long served as a nesting area for the endangered California least tern and onto land where city officials had hoped to build a park, trails and a sports complex.

Park district officials are seeking a $1-a-year lease to manage the property, while a city official working on the deal said the city has asked the park district to consider offering some seed money to help get the sports complex off the ground.

Alameda Point Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ott said the deal would involve leasing 150 acres of potential parkland to the park district. “We want to see some money for the local sports fields from this deal,” she said.