For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Scott Ferris, Acting Director, Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department, (510) 981-6700
GRAND OPENING: NEW DONA SPRING ANIMAL SHELTER AND EAST TOUCHDOWN PLAZA
Berkeley, California (Thursday, January 10, 2013) - The City of Berkeley is hosting a grand opening celebration on February 2, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. at #1 Bolivar Drive for the new Dona Spring Municipal Animal Shelter and the recently completed East Touchdown Plaza (pedestrian/bicycle bridge). Elected officials and city staff will be on hand to welcome members of the public and provide information about these projects. Shelter volunteers and city staff will also offer tours of the new shelter facility and refreshments will be provided.In addition, several non-profit animal welfare organizations that partner with the City of Berkeley will be present to share information about their overall animal welfare mission and goals.
The Dona Spring Municipal Animal Shelter and The East Touchdown Plaza provide vitality to the north end of Aquatic Park and greatly enhance the user experience of the Park. The new animal shelter is two stories and has many improved features, including a medical suite for on-site spay and neutering; expanded facilities for protecting healthy animals and caring for sick ones; fenced-in animal play areas; indoor-outdoor kennels, and more. The East Touchdown Plaza, which provides bicycle access to the Berkeley Bike Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Trail, has a public plaza with an embedded bicycle map of Berkeley and seat walls, a pedestrian promenade, art panels, and new Bay-Friendly landscaping.
Members of the public interested in attending this event are advised that parking is severely limited in the area and are strongly encouraged to park on the west side of I-80 freeway and access the touchdown plaza and new animal shelter by using the pedestrian/bicycle bridge that crosses the freeway.