Improvements to streets, parks and public buildings are happening across the City. Here are a few notable examples:
Neighborhood Libraries: Measure FF, passed by voters in 2008, provided the necessary funds to bring all neighborhood branch libraries up to current seismic and ADA accessibility standards, as well as to make the buildings environmentally friendly. The North and Claremont branches are complete. The South and West branches are currently under construction.
Street Improvements: The City relies on funds from various sources to pay for street repaving; these include state gas taxes, federal transportation funds, and the City's General Fund. In 2012, the City spent over $1.3 million in Measure B funds (Alameda County Sales Tax) on repaving projects and obtained federal funds to repave Sacramento Street. www.CityofBerkeley.info/MeasureB
Bike Racks: The Department of Public Works is currently installing bicycle racks citywide at locations requested by cyclists, merchants, and property owners. Between January 1 and December 31, 2012, the City will have installed 292 new bicycle racks, providing space for 636 bicycles at schools, parks, bus stops, and shopping districts.
Dona Spring Animal Shelter: The City's new animal shelter crowns the north end of Aquatic Park and features artist renderings of animal profiles that are easily visible from I-80.
Parking Garages: City-owned garages downtown and near Telegraph became more efficient this year. In addition to cleaning, painting, improved signs and increased lighting, a new computer system allows for automated entry and exit and facility monitoring.
San Pablo Park Basketball Courts: Smooth new courts, backboards, rims and nets make for great basketball games at San Pablo Park. Using funding from Measure WW, the courts, benches and lighting were all renovated.
Berkeley Bay Trail Extension Project
Phase One of the Bay Trail Extension project includes a multiuse trail and a footbridge over the Strawberry culvert, south of University Avenue and will provide a safer, more convenient and ADA-accessible connection from the Bike Bridge and the Bay Trail to the Berkeley Marina. The first segment of the trail goes through Eastshore State Park and ends at the parking lot by the South Sailing Cove. Funding for design and construction was provided by federal transportation funds (STIP-TE), grants from the State Coastal Conservancy and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), and the City of Berkeley.
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