Alameda in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Jean Sweeney - Alameda's "Little Engine That Could"
In 1998, Jean Sweeney walked out in this 27-acre former Alameda Belt Line railroad yard for the first time. Struck by the silence and what a gem of nature it was, she said, "This has got to be a park.” She saw this as an opportunity to hang onto a wonderful asset as a city-wide treasure. The future of the rail yard was discussed at a public meeting in which Jean's dream was strongly supported. Inspired, she filed an initiative with the City of Alameda to rezone the rail yard as "Open Space.” Her argument stated, "The Belt Line rail yard is a wonderful, natural meditative place within our City... Seasonal fresh water ponds support the Pacific Chorus Frog. There are also red and blue bellied lizards, many species of birds, including hawks, owls, egrets, jackrabbits, dragonflies and butterflies.” In 2002 the initiative passed with strong voter support.
Jean achieved a crucial milestone in 1999 when, as a result of her persistent and tenacious research, she uncovered the 1924 contract of sale in which the City sold its belt line railroad for $30,000 to the Western Pacific and
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1998.
Location. 37° 46.758′ N, 122° 15.942′ W. Marker is in Alameda, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Atlantic Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alameda CA 94501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of the Alameda Belt Line (within shouting distance of this marker); 930 Pacific Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); Skippy Peanut Butter (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Transcontinental Railroad1930 Where the World Comes to Oakland (approx. ¾ mile away); The History of the Site of the Shade Tree (approx. ¾ mile away); 1920 Moving the World's Cargo (approx. ¾ mile away); U.S. Maritime Officers Memorial (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alameda.
More about this marker. The marker is located about a 3-minute walk west of the parking lot, close to the picnic pavilion, in Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.