Alameda Magazine: Alameda Point Park Moves Closer to Reality, March 4, 2019


Considering the revelations of faked testing and fraudulent reporting that dogged the environmental cleanup of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco, Alamedans might be forgiven for being skeptical about the Navy’s remediation efforts at Alameda Point’s 60-acre Site 32, part of 158 acres alongside the Oakland harbor proposed for a regional park.

But according to Richard Bangert, community co-chair of the 10-member Alameda Point Restoration Advisory Board, lessons learned from the San Francisco fiasco have resulted in a much more effective and transparent process on this side of the bay.

Bangert started taking an active interest in the details of the Alameda Point cleanup in 2009, digging deeply into the lengthy documents and feasibility studies. He discovered that although developer SunCal, at that time a partner in an agreement with the city of Alameda to become the master developer at Alameda Point, was “claiming the Navy wasn’t doing anything” to clean up the former base and airfield, that was untrue.