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There has been a lot of discussion recently about the Albany waterfront regarding dog management and beach restoration.
The sentiment is often expressed to "leave it the way it is." For those who have not been to the waterfront recently, I would like to share some photos of "the way it is."
No one is suggesting a formal or traditional park be developed, but a cleanup, some simple amenities and enforcement of existing rules would make this area more welcoming for all residents.
Without some attention, it is clear that , which belongs to the state and is administered by the East Bay Regional Park District, will irrevocably be changed in a relatively short time.
The beach will be lost to sea rise and the shoreline eroded away. The East Bay Regional Park District , which should be considered – not rejected to protect the exclusive use of the area by a select few.
There are many amazing and one-of-a-kind art pieces along the shore of the Albany-owned Bulb, as well as hidden around the area. A solution must found to guarantee this art is preserved and a method devised for those unable to visit the “Gallery of the Bulb” to view these sculptures – perhaps through a photo exhibit near the beach.
It is time to have serious conversations about the future of with all of the stakeholders coming together to find imaginative ideas and compromises to create an area that not only keeps its character, but is sustainable, accessible and safe for everyone to enjoy far into the future.
Without this discussion, those who are uncomfortable with uncontrolled dogs and unsanitary conditions, as well as those with mobility challenges, will continue to be excluded from enjoying this wonderful area.