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Application for Appointment by the Oakley City Council for Citizen Planning Advisors

 The Oakley City Council is creating a Citizen Planning Advisors program to encourage citizen participation and receive input in the subdivision and Design Review process. The City Council will appoint three to five Citizen Planning Advisors to serve two-year terms.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6 p.m. Appointment of the Advisors is expected to take place in June. Emphasis in the appointment selection will be given to applicants with knowledge and interest in urban and community planning. While not required, knowledge and experience in the disciplines of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental studies, traffic engineering and related fields would be helpful.

Advisors will be required to file Conflict of Interest disclosure forms and comply with all the Conflict of Interest regulations about not participating in matters in which they have a financial interest. Advisors receive no compensation for their participation.

City staff will conduct at least one training session for Advisors, as well as at least an annual training meeting to discuss operation of the program.

For additional information and applications to apply, please contact Kim Carmody at (925) 625-7048 or Carmody@ci.oakley.ca.us

Click here for an application.

Free Wood Chips!

Wood chips are available for pick-up Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the City Yard at the corner of Neroly Road and Main Street (entrance on Neroly). Oakley residents need to bring their own tools/shovels and bags/containers to load and carry the mulch, and a tarp to cover if necessary. Residents are asked to not take more than 5 yards at a time.

Oakley Continues Tradition of Remembrance

The City of Oakley will hold its fifth Annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at the Civic Center Park, 3231 Main Street beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Oakley’s program will include the Presentation of Colors, performance from the Freedom High School Choir, a student decoration of the memorial wreath, 3-volley salute, taps, and more! The event’s Memorial Day address will be delivered by Gene Stonebarger. Stonebarger is a long-time Oakley resident who served in WWII as part of the Army Air Corps, the military aviation arm that preceded the establishment of the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1947. Through his daughter, Stonebarger will share memories of old Oakley, as well as his assignments during the Second World War as a member of the 490th Bombardment Squadron also know as the “Burma Bridge Busters.”

Now in its fifth year, the City of Oakley invites the public to join together as a community to commemorate the American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have died while serving our nation. Although Oakley does not have a cemetery of soldiers’ graves to decorate, many Oakley residents and their families have borne the cost of our freedom. Accordingly, we will honor our fallen heroes’ devotion by presenting a memorial wreath to the symbolic Soldiers Battle Cross, representative of all who have perished, not a particular military branch or person. The cross made up of a soldier’s rifle with bayonet attached stuck into the ground, helmet on top, dog tags hanging and boots aside, are typically laid out in respect in the field. The gesture is a means for the still living veterans to mourn the loss of their soldiers in arms.

Oakley Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

The City of Oakley is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. The recognition is given to communities that make it easy for all kids to get balanced and active play through programs, policies and infrastructure.

Oakley’s playful endeavors include progressive planning efforts that ensure that each new residential development includes adequate play spaces, a Youth Empowerment Program that give gives middle and high school students an opportunity to have a voice in the planning and implementation of programs and policies by their participation in the Oakley Youth Advisory Council,  having been the first City in East Contra Costa County to install an All Abilities Playground (universally accessible playground) that engages children of all abilities, through wheelchair access points and interactive areas for children with hearing or visual impairments.

Furthermore, we aim to make fun available to all members of our community by offering income qualified scholarships which can reduce the cost of programs by 50%. The City also partners with You, Me, We Oakley to expand programs and inclusion of diverse populations through translated outreach, cultural performances at events, education exhibits, art shows, workshops and citizenship drives.

This award was also due to strong and exemplary partnerships through the Joint Use Agreement with the School District, to help keep school play areas open for public access during non-school hours. These partnerships also extend into programming, Science Week being one example. The City also partners with Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed and East Bay Regional Park District on projects to maintain and access to parks, open space, trails and the creek. Recently, a million dollar grant from the California River Parkways Grant Program allowed from 3.5 acres of creek adjacent to Creekside Park to be restored in collaboration with the help of Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed and American Rivers. The restoration site can be visited by residents that live near the Marsh Creek Glenn Park who now have a connection to the East Bay Regional Parks District multi-use trail via a new pedestrian bridge that was installed over Marsh Creek.

Kudos are also extended to the adopt–a-park partners including Cub Scout Pack 152, Living Options and New Lifeline Ministries for their added help in keeping three of our parks clean and playable.

“As a City Council we have strived to provide an abundance of recreation programs and parks facilities and celebrate this recognition as a Playful City USA community,” stated Oakley Mayor Kevin Romick.

Communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to put kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in.  By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

Our geographic location provides many recreation and play opportunities through access to trails, parks, events, and recreational programs. Make sure you’re fully enjoying all that is available by visiting our website www.ci.oakley.ca.us.

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.