The Jean Sweeney Open Space Park and Community Garden is a 27 acre parcel in the heart of Alameda which was approved for development by the Alameda City Council in July of 2016. It is bordered by Constitution Way, Atlantic Avenue, and Sherman Street and is located on the former Alameda Beltline Railroad property that was secured by the City at its original purchase price due to the advocacy efforts of local resident, Jean Sweeney. Over 1,000 residents participated in the master planning process. The Sweeney Park Master Plan includes natural playgrounds; a large group picnic area with a gazebo, picnic pavilion and lawn; a community garden, plaza areas, potentially including public art; an open classroom area; bicycle and walking trails; small picnic areas; a natural open landscape area with California native, drought-tolerant plants and pedestrian-only hiking trails; bike skills loop, plus restrooms and amenities. In addition, the the far west side of the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park will feature a community garden, urban orchard and forager’s lane as well as demonstration gardens. There will be collaborative efforts to provide fresh produce, gardening and educational opportunities for the Alameda Food Bank constituents and other organizations.
ABG Board members have been sitting on the steering committee for the park, focusing on the community garden. For more information, go to Jean Sweeney Open Space on the City of Alameda website.