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October 6, 2003

DBW and City of San Mateo Break Ground at Shoreline Parks

A groundbreaking ceremony for the initial phase of construction of the Shoreline Parks Master Plan was held on October 3, 2003 at Ryder Park.

Mike Ammon, Boating Trails Program Manager, represented DBW at the ceremony. "DBW's participation in the project will be the construction of a boating trail and a much-needed boat launching access to San Francisco Bay for nonpowered craft such as kayakers and windsurfers," said Ammon.

The Phase I development area will encompass Ryder Park and the adjacent bayfront from San Mateo Creek northward to just past the first set of PG&E towers, and will include improvements to the pedestrian Bridge over Seal Slough, and gateway improvements along J. Hart Clinton Drive. Phase II will include landfill closure and improvements to Seal Point Park. Phase I work is expected to be completed by December of 2004.

In attendance from the City of San Mateo were Mayor Claire Mack, Deputy Mayor Carole Groom, City Council Members Jan Epstein, John Lee, and Sue Lemper, City Manager Arne Croce. Attendees from the San Mateo Parl and Recreation Commission included Chair Ellen Ulrich, Vice Chair Gary Sprague, and Commissioners Kate Bond, Elizabeth Charlson and Gary Parma.

Welcome and introductory remarks were provided by Landscape Architect Dennis Frank, Parks and Recreation Director Sheila Canzian, Ms. Groom, and Ms. Lempert. Speakers at the event included Assembly Member Gene Mullin, Congressman Tom Lantos' Special Assistant Derek Meyers, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Member Jerry Hill, San Mateo County Controller Tom Huening, and California Coastal Conservancy Project Manager Prentiss Williams.

Agencies funding the project in addition to the Department of Boating and Waterways include the California Coastal Conservancy, the San Francisco Bay Trail Project/Association of Bay Area Governments, and the San Mateo Redevelopment Agency. Community partners in the project are City Arts, the Coyote Point Museum, and the San Mateo County Historical Association.

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