Rockridge BART Plaza Plans Progressing

Saturday, November 6, 2010

BART is ready for a visual upgrade. After years of difficulty gaining consensus on design, representatives from BART, the Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC), and the Rockridge district Association (RDA) have developed a plan to remodel the plaza area of the BART station at College and Keith. The design calls for the creation of a sense of place and a public square, where people can enjoy this central aspect of our neighborhood, meet arriving BART passengers with ease, find their way with distinctive directional signage, and appreciate the three tall redwoods that grace the square.

The collaboration of the organizations gained momentum in April following the generous contributions of two long-term area residents: local landscape designer Greer Alley created a smart and beautiful plan, and hills resident Gordon Piper contributed his great knowledge of plants and outdoor elements.

In a meeting with Chief BART Architect Tian Feng last month, the coalition gained design approval, and BART is preparing to submit plans to bid.

Project representatives are now inviting one or more artist/designers interested in working on the project in a pro bono capacity to develop a Rockridge logo in the form of a metal compass rose paving element, and a three-dimensional “Rockridge” sign.

In addition, individuals and organizations wanting to help sponsor this important aesthetic upgrade are invited to contribute. RCPC has already pledged $20,000 for the project and RCA has pledged a matching $20,000. BART is putting up the bulk of the funding of this nearly quarter-million-dollar project, in the works since BART district 3 board member Bob Franklin helped to earmark parking money for it years ago.

For more information, to adopt a design element set forth in the plan or to make contributions in kind, contact Ann Winterman, RCPC board member and RCPC Parks Committee chair, at annwinterman@gmail.com/, or phone 510/757-3334.

Donations can be made via PayPal and by check. Checks should be made out to: RCPC/Rockridge DVD Project, 4123 Broadway, PMB 311, Oakland, CA 94611.

Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.