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Century-old historic park building approved for $800,000 makeover in Pleasanton

PLEASANTON — The City Council approved of a plan that would remodel and improve the historic Alviso Adobe Community Park, which includes a 164-year-old building, after more than a decade of discussion.
The more than $800,000 plan includes adding a classroom, office, kitchen space and even a traditional tule hut and gathering area after working with a local Ohlone tribe. The park features the historic Francisco Solano Alviso Adobe House, which was built in 1854 and is a registered state landmark.
After the park opened in 2008, the city received feedback that the site was underutilized and needed additional improvements to reach its maximum potential, according to the city. The site has been used for school tours, environmental and cultural education programs and other special events but apparently, there was more to be done.
One of the buildings at the Alviso Adobe park in Pleasanton. (Doug Duran/Staff) 
So the council took action in 2013 and began working on short-term and long-term needs of the site.  Between then and now, an Alviso Community Park Strategic Plan was adopted after community workshops, task force meetings and a survey. On July 18, council approved of the Alviso Adobe Community Park Implementation Plan to start the long to-do list.
The plan triggered larger improvements to the site, such as the new classroom and other additions, with a total cost of $350,000. Some projects such as the tule hut, could take upwards of five years to be completed.
Other short-term improvements, such as a creation of an irrigated garden with plants relevant to the historic significance of the building, could be completed between one to three years.
One improvement that is higher on the list includes connecting the Laguna Oaks trail to the Adobe with a signalized pedestrian crossing on Foothill Road, which will cost approximately $160,000.
The city also plans to hire a professional for assistance in reviewing the milking barn on site and redesigning the flow of the exhibits in the adobe house and milking barn buildings. City staff will also be purchasing replica furniture from the Rancho Period for the bedroom exhibits inside the Adobe house.
Not all of the list of improvements have funding available now, said Michele Crose, community services manager for the city. Some already have begun, but the full list could take upwards of five years to complete.

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