Friends of the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt (FROG)
Emeryville Greenway Plan
East Bay Watershed Center
PostMark Temescal - Community Commemoration Site
Dialogue about the homeless, an urban park reality
|"Follow the Creek& quot; Poster Series (back to top)|
|Friends of Temescal Creek has a Community Stewardship Grant from the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program, to create Interpretive Art for Telegraph Avenue at 51st St. where Temescal Creek crosses in its subterranean journey to the bay. The goal of this project is to alert people in Oakland's Temescal district to the presence of the creek, and tell them a little about its history and current situation. The installation should also be beautiful, and discourage water pollution. |
The banner proclaiming "Temescal Creek Flowed Here," which we installed in December 1998, is still on display, and has remained in good repair. Many neighbors have commented on seeing it. We will display it until damage or removal of the fence for! ces its removal. We are principally producing a marker series as our product with this grant.
Jeff Norman, Temescal neighbor and artist, is heading up a group, creating a series of ten full color graphic markers, 18" x 28". The marker designs are complete, and final revisions regarding printing details are being done now. Attached to the last report were copies of marker drafts, essentially in their finished state. We will approach principally Berkeley Land Company, owners of Temescal Plaza about display of the markers outdoors. They have a colonnade around the Walgreen's store, which follows the historic creek course very closely. Jeff is researching marker reproduction methods which will make durable outdoor displays to attach to the columns.
We are developing an approach using community involvement, with a package explaining the mission of Friends! of Temescal Creek, the Telegraph Avenue Neighborhood Art Pro ject, and samples of the posters. We will ask permission to display the markers. The heading for the marker project is "Follow The Creek" in an effort to help people relate to their being located in a watershed. Our goal is to have a 'path' of markers along the course of the creek, for pedestrians and shoppers to get curious about and learn something about the creek.
Jeff Norman designed the logo and message about not dumping in storm drains and polluting to put keeping the environment clean in a positive light. Many of the posters and other materials will include a "you are here" map to orient people to the watershed. After completing the markers and displaying them, we hope, with further funding, to plan a scrap book as an adjunct to the markers, put together in an aesthetically pleasing fashion to sell.
The precedent for this is the Temesc! al History Project book put together by Jeff Norman, and for sale for $10 in local stores. Another idea for us to investigate and fund, is using the poster art theme to create a billboard. There is a billboard located on Shattuck Avenue, near the creek, whose owner will post community service signs for the cost of posting labor only. This could get a minimum one month posting, and if created on a reusable plastic surface, be posted elsewhere, or a later dates.
Names are being gathered of North Oakland artists and neighbors who would like to help create a public art piece for the new Post Office scheduled to be built across the parking lot from Genova's Delicatessen. This site is the historic location of Temescal Creek at Shattuck Avenue. For information email Jeff Norman.
|Emeryville Greenway Plan; Draft Report (back to top)|
|Prepared by Friends of Temescal Creek, funded by the City of Emeryville, and a Community Stewardship Grant from Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program. |
The subjects covered by this report are:
The creek greenway concept appears to be generally viewed as a slow paced transportation corridor with a rich diversity of amenities which connects and enhances commercial, residential, institutional and public areas.
The general consensus of respondents can be summarized as a strong interest in the potential "humanizing" benefits of a creek greenway by means of it's greening characteristics, natural aspects, slow pace, educational and cultural value, history, group, bike, and pedestrian open space use were emphasized by all. Access and security were also emphasized.
[projects are listed in order of their distance from the bay]
Project 6: Bay Trail Connection
D! esign suggestions:
Plant native riparian and coastal strand vegetation at available sites along trail, and on or around the pedestrian-railroad overcrossing at South Bayfront.
East Shore State Park Bird Observatory Design suggestions:
Plant native riparian and coastal strand vegetation at available sites.
Project 5: South Bayfront Redevelopment area
Plan for an aesthetically pleasing ope! n space pedestrian-oriented corridor along Temescal Creek emphasizing natural features.
Key elements common to these Guidelines and consultants' analyses to date:
Eliminate or re! duce and slow auto traffic near and along the creek corrido r. The creek can only be seen by pedestrians, so it must be made a pedestrian focal point to be of commercial value to the shopping village.Community involvement:
Community and children's art display.
Project 4: Chiron Campus
Plan for park with riparian planting and water feature over the creek culvert.
Project 3: Emery High and School Board
Plant native trees and shrubs around new tennis courts, a Phase I project being planned now.Community involvement:
Inclusively celebrate diversity in the art and historical information placed at the site.Project 2: Creek reach in Gateway Commons Development and Sidewalks
Create a natural riparian environment on the grounds along the creek right of way.
|PostMark Temescal - Community Commemoration Site (back to top)|
For a detailed report, click here. (.pd! f)
|Dialogue about the homeless, an urban park reality (back to top)|
|FoTC has a grant to interview the homeless park users, and investigate how to address their needs in park and greenway planning. An essential quality of a park is a sense of serenity, safety, and beauty. Society has created a class of people who live outdoors, for many reasons. How can we have nice open space accessible to all, and not wage a battle against the oppressed? Both creek parks at Redondo and Clarke and at Adeline Street are being improved, but the homeless are not part of the plan. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, contact us! |
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