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Friends of the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt (FROG)
Neighbors meet quarterly to maintain the park. Phase II is being planned and will include a creek interpretive art installation by Mark Brest van Kampen.
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"Follow the Creek" Poster Series
Read about! the posters

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Emeryville Greenway Plan
a report prepared by FoTC for the City of Emeryville that makes recommendations for including Temescal Creek into Emeryville development projects
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East Bay Watershed Center
to foster working relationships between an inclusive group of watershed stakeholders including government, landowners, industry, citizens, and students
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PostMark Temescal - Community Commemoration Site
Mini park located on Shattuck Ave. at 49th St. (North Oakland Post Office)
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Dialogue about the homeless, an urban park reality
how FoTC is working to address the needs of the homeless in park and greenway planning
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"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:
  • Agencies planning and supporting Habitat Restoration and maintenance
  • Bicycle transportation planning, design
  • Technical details of wildlife protection
  • Optional trail system planning
  • Flood Control technical details
  • Commercial zone planning
  • History and archaeology
  • Automobile traffic control
  • Security
  • Communit! y Use of Public Open Space
  • Programmed Group use of Parks
  • Analysis of Stakeholder Information

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.

Create a meandering curved path where installing or altering paving.

Provide benches.

Provide historical, creek and directional signage.

East Shore State Park Bird Observatory Design suggestions:
Plant native riparian and coastal strand vegetation at available sites.

Provide historical, creek and directional signage.

Grow willows to enhance fresh water/salt water marsh transition zone.

Add a pathway to reach Temescal Creek's outfall.

Project 5: South Bayfront Redevelopment area
Design suggestions:
Plan for an aesthetically pleasing ope! n space pedestrian-oriented corridor along Temescal Creek emphasizing natural features.

Walking and seating areas should afford interesting and varied sight lines, both distant views of the bay, hills and trees, and near vignettes of native planting in meandering settings along the creek, especially where water flow is visible.

Identify the hierarchy of archaeologically and culturally sensitive areas.

Develop design solutions which allow the site preparation, design and leasing for Madison Marquette to proceed while keeping sensitive areas open for the cultural and open space resources process to continue.

Link and locate creek features, native and historic sites can be located at the most sensitive areas. Development can invest in altering the vertic! al concrete creek channel walls to provide more natural sloping, vegetated banks, as in Wolfe Mason Associates most natural proposal drawing. Research has indicated that rigid decoration of the existing straight channel will not reduce the public perception of the creek as a sewer. Natural planting will give the naturally organic laden bay water and marsh plant life an understandable context. Impact on flood capacity caused by providing landscape shape variety can be calculated and balanced by sloping and berming the banks to provide increased volume to the channel. The added design cost would be easily recovered in increased tenant stability and customer perception of South Bayfront as an high quality and interesting place to linger and shop.

The creek should be the focal point of a pedestrian oasis. Curved, soft edges and sloping visual access to the water will provide a naturalistic ! transition zone from the urban hard scape.

The creek side open space should be convivial soft edge next to the meandering walkways and vibrant commercial frontage of the development. As mitigation for the high density auto-oriented development, a pedestrian oasis which both serves the busy patron with a connecting walkway, as well as provides a calm seat for a pause, will contribute to the village character.

All creek crossings should be visually distinctive bridges, so they signal the presence of the creek to pedestrians and motorists.

Bridges should have open railings, and be as narrow as practical and gently arched. This will enhance the sense of a contiguous creek.

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.

Create a strong visual and pedestrian connection between the hotel site, the South Bayfront retail, and Chiron's 53rd Street greenway, including the railroad over crossing, a canopy of trees, native riparian landscaping, signs, and special paving surfaces.

Surrounding buildings design and use should reflect the creek corridor, and open space landscaping.

In keeping with Emeryville's award winning actions in re-using Brown fields land in economically and aesthetically positive ways, we suggest that Emeryville take the opportunity to go beyond the letter of the law, to honor Ohlone Indian history here. The city can commit time and good will to ! working with Ohlone representatives, on terms and schedules which respect their challenges. In addition to appropriate site preparations, the finished shopping village could incorporate historic native aesthetics as found in artifacts from the shellmound, and can provide historic information to the casual observer on signs, an estuary interpretive center, a children's play area, in a museum/nature store, and an educational Archaeological site like Les Fourches in Winnipeg.

Landscaping and open space should reflect the site as a shellmound area. It can include open space, which is not parking or traffic circulation, on top of the archaeologically important areas. This would allow future planning by the Ohlones about how to handle the site. Regardless of the future of the shellmound, the open space would be a valuable attraction ! for shoppers, and would enhance the aesthetic and community value of the creek.
Community involvement:
Community and children's art display.

Children's play area.

Project 4: Chiron Campus
Design suggestions:
Plan for park with riparian planting and water feature over the creek culvert.

Use native plants in landscaping.

Place seating and pathways to capture distant views and intimate views of the water feature.

Place Indian history, natural history, and modern history signage.

Place linking trail system signage.

Project 3: Emery High and School Board
Design suggestions:
Plant native trees and shrubs around new tennis courts, a Phase I project being planned now.

Plan fo! r later artwork on fences and grounds, and interpretive sign placement will be part of Phase II.
Community involvement:
Inclusively celebrate diversity in the art and historical information placed at the site.

Plan a community based tile installation project.
Project 2: Creek reach in Gateway Commons Development and Sidewalks
Design suggestions:
Create a natural riparian environment on the grounds along the creek right of way.

Plant Native Trees as street trees near the creek Plant native riparian shrubs, flowers and groundcover in the landscaping of the development.

Build a meandering pathway entry recalling the flowing creek.

Simulate a bridge over the culvert access grate.

Create a playful interactio! n with patterned sidewalk concrete, art work and graphics.< /blockquote> Community involvement:
Celebrate diversity in the art and historical information placed at the site.

Plan a community based tile installation project. (Temescal Neighborhood artist Jimmy Peterson has offered to work on art in the sidewalk installation. His sculpture is featured in books about Emeryville mudflat art.)

Project 1: Temescal Creek Park Improvements
Design suggestions:
Emphasize natural riparian environment with native plants and trees.

Make a tree plan to plant native tree species which will mature prior to removal of eucalyptus trees.

Feature access to water sounds of the creek at the grate in the west end of the park, with seating and native plants.

Place linking trail system signage. Community involvement:
Green space, activities, and community involvement in the creek corridor are essential in the area. Fully develop and support neighborhood groups, the friends of the library, schools and the Emeryville Recreation Center use the park for their events and programs.

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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