Friday, January 12, 2007

Waterfront Uses' Discussion Planned

Waterfront Uses' Discussion Planned
By Ian Thompson

SUISUN CITY - Suisun City's planners want to hear from the residents on what they consider the best future uses of the waterfront around the Suisun City Boat Launch.

The city's Community Development Department is asking residents to take part in a Jan. 22 brainstorming session in the Suisun City Hall Council chamber at 7 p.m.

The area in question is the shorefront between Delta Cove and the Suisun Wildlife Center, which is one of the last undeveloped areas on the Suisun Slough's west side.

In September 2006, the City Council took an overall look at the area and city planners sketched out a series of possible ideas, which included:

-- Relocating the fuel dock closer to the boat launch and moving the fuel storage area away from where potential development may go.

-- Extending the pedestrian promenade south to the walking trails.

-- Improving the fishing pier or create two new piers, one for fishing and the other for people who just want to watch aquatic activity on the slough. This could include a dock that would accommodate kayakers and the local youth rowing club. A new fishing dock may be put adjacent to the boat ramps.

-- Putting in an aquatic center and storage building to allow the Parks and Recreation Department to store material for waterfront events.

-- Extending the boat ramps further south.

In December, the council hired Design, Community & Environment of Berkeley to undertake the design effort. Members of that firm will be at the brainstorming meeting.

The Jan. 22 meeting is a first step to putting together a design for the area. The city planners will present their ideas to help spur input and other ideas from residents.

The results of this meeting will be used by Design, Community & Environment to come up with a preliminary design that will go to the city council for review later this year.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or at

At a Glance

What: Public meeting to get ideas from residents on the best use for the waterfront area around the Suisun City Boat Launch.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 22.

Where: Suisun City Council chamber

Info: 421-7300

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