Here is the second of two Fremont stories in Wednesday’s print edition. This one on Dumbarton Quarry’s planned conversion to a 91-acre park is the first of a number of stories we’re planning on proposed changes in this part of town.
FREMONT — The Planning Commission on Thursday will consider allowing a former quarry to be converted into a 91-acre regional park, but some environmentalists question whether the quarry company will deliver, given that its first plan to transform the site into a lake fell by the wayside.
Dumbarton Quarry Associates, a company that operated a crushed rock aggregate quarry at the Ardenwood neighborhood site, cut a deal with Fremont in 1996 that called for the city to allow the company to continue quarry operations for another decade. But there was one condition: the company had to pay all costs to fill the quarry pit with as much as 6 million cubic yards of soil and transform it into a regional park.
Once operations ceased in 2007, the company’s first proposal to construct a 20-acre fishing lake hit a wall, as regulatory agencies found there was no feasible way for lake water to flow into the bay, making it inhospitable for fish. That failure led some to lose trust in the company, as even park district officials two years ago wrote a letter to Fremont, questioning the company’s willingness to honor its deal with the city.
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