Around the Terrace: June 25, 2020

Here are some recent announcements and news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

Cameron Park Renovation Project Meeting on July 2 at 6:30pm
The second online community meeting for the Cameron Park renovation project will be next Thursday, July 2, at 6:30pm. Email to RSVP. The Parks and Recreation Commission will also discuss the project at their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, June 30, at 7pm. To participate in this meeting  please visit the commission’s home page the day of the meeting for the link.

Like California Ave, University Ave Will Close to Traffic
After the success of closing California Avenue to traffic to make room for outdoor dining and retail, the City Council voted to do the same on University Avenue between High Street and Cowper Street starting on July 3. (University Avenue will also be closed this weekend.)

Stanford Dish to Reopen in Early July
Stanford is actively preparing to reopen the Dish area, with the goal of allowing visitors again in early July. Changes include the installation of a new pedestrian access gate at Stanford Avenue and temporary signage throughout the Dish area, as well as the smoothing of areas next to the pathway to allow more room for passing.

College Terrace Library & Budget Update

Thanks to the many neighbors who have written to the City Council these past few weeks in support of the College Terrace Library. The good news is that the latest budget proposal, released on Thursday, restores funding for a number of programs, including the College Terrace Library.

Under this new proposal, the College Terrace Library would be open three days a week, as would the Downtown and Children’s libraries. Rinconada and Mitchell Park would each be open six days a week.

Of course, nothing is certain until the budget is officially adopted. We encourage residents to continue writing to the City Council, focusing on the four council members who voted against Greg Tanaka’s motion to save the College Terrace Library during the initial budget discussions: Alison Cormack, Eric Filseth, Adrian Fine, and Liz Kniss.

The City Council will discuss the updated budget proposal starting at 1pm on Tuesday, May 26th. As before, residents can watch (and comment) via Zoom. Here are the details:
Meeting ID: 958 3084 9418
Phone: 1-669-900-6833

If you’re on the Zoom app or website, click the “Raise Hand” button to signal that you want to talk and you’ll eventually be given two minutes to speak. If you’re dialing in by phone, press *9.

The College Terrace Library is most than just a library – it’s a gathering place and hub for residents of College Terrace, Evergreen Park, Southgate, Mayfield, Ventura, Barron Park, Stanford, and beyond. And as we begin to slowly emerge from the isolation of shelter-in-place, we’ll need community centers like the College Terrace Library more than ever.