Coming to Frog Park + More Park News

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Based on your FROG priorities survey responses, the Friends of the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt (FROG) committee members are working on the number one interest: more swings. FROG continues to plan and work through the survey results list.

Swings for the Park
FROG hired MIG, Landscape Architecture & Green Infrastructure, a landscape architect and park design firm, to help assess and identify locations for swing placement in the park, and to recommend swings and creative features. The firm has already recommended that the new swings be located next to or near the current swings and has drafted several design options, including various configurations of these new features:

  • Two baby swings
  • Two more regular swings
  • Some exciting additional play features that may fit into the budget.

FROG is working closely with the city, and has met with MIG, Fourth Bore Coalition members, RCPC and others to secure funding sources, minimize project management costs, and begin planning.

Fourth Bore settlement funds will be used for park improvements, though possible additional funding may be needed.

Coming: Share Your Preferences and Comments

  • Late September: Sunday table set up in the park, to show the plans and get the community's input
  • October: Join our community meeting at RCPC's town hall to discuss the different options and provide input: Rockridge Library, 2nd floor, October 17.

E-mail us with questions and comments or to volunteer: info@frogpark.org. For the latest survey information, visit www.frogpark.org and sign-up for our mailing list.

DMV Restoration Update

Final phases of the DMV restoration will begin in late September when the DMV continues its promised restoration, including planting 13 new trees and shrubs along the DMV Creekside. All that remains is to install one new picnic table next to the existing one on a date to be determined.

More than two years ago, the DMV agreed to restore the area after cutting down several large trees in the DMV parking lot and creek area without prior notice. With extensive input from local residents, the FROG committee and the community, the DMV restoration plan was finalized as a three phase process.

The first phase was planting the DMV parking lot trees; the second phase was installing additional boulders; the final phase is the new and replaced trees and additional picnic table that will serve park visitors, farmers market and DMV patrons.

Request information or volunteer, e-mail: info@frogpark.org

More Park News: First Saturday Cleanups Continue

September marks the one year anniversary of the "First Saturday" monthly Frog Park cleanups. Based on its success, FROG plans to continue the program for another year.
Highlights include: adding sand to both sandboxes, distributing wood chips throughout the Big Frog park area for a safer play time, surveying park users, beginning the replanting of our butterfly garden, widening the creek bed to prevent flooding, tree trimming, general cleaning and mulching.

This program relies on support from Oakland Tech's BuildOn club, which reached out to FROG last year to propose these workdays. Likewise, volunteers from the Berkeley Kiwanis and UC Berkeley Circle K Clubs are essential to FROG operations. The College Avenue Presbyterian Church summer camps provided much-needed summer maintenance.

All "First Saturday" cleanups are family-friendly. We provide tools. Meet at Big Frog Park, Hudson Street and Claremont Avenue, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Note the new time) Thank you all. We look forward to a continued partnership.