Backyard Brief header - A monthly newsletter from the Dublin City Manager (on grass)

February 2022

Welcome to the Backyard Brief! In this edition, you'll find information about the City of Dublin's 40th Anniversary of Incorporation, the opening of a new park in the Tassajara Hills neighborhood of Dublin, the Preferred Plan for the SCS Property, an upcoming job fair at The Wave, and more!

The City of Dublin's 40th Anniversary of Incorporation logo with red and white balloons surrounding the logo.

Happy Birthday, Dublin!

The City of Dublin has the distinction of being the oldest town in the Tri-Valley and also the newest. Dublin’s history dates back to 1772, but it was just 40 years ago, on February 1, 1982, that Dublin was incorporated as a city. Long known as the Crossroads of the Bay Area, because it served as the crossroads of two important trade routes – one from the San Francisco Bay to Stockton and the other from Martinez to San Jose – Dublin is now a destination in and of itself with an extensive array of shopping and dining opportunities; beautiful parks and open-space trails; a variety of entertainment options; and wonderful community events.


This year, Dublin celebrates its Ruby Anniversary, 40 years of cityhood. To acknowledge this momentous occasion, please look for the anniversary theme in 2022 City events, from the annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration to the State of the City Address to Dublin Pride Week and more. The City is also planning a special 40th Anniversary Gala to be held later this year. Details to follow.

Butterfly Knoll Park sign in the Tassajara Hills neighborhood.
Butterfly Knoll Park play structure.
City Councilmembers and children cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Butterfly Knoll Park.

City of Dublin Opens Butterfly Knoll Park in the Tassajara Hills Neighborhood

On Saturday morning, January 29, the City of Dublin held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its 24th park - Butterfly Knoll in the Tassajara Hills Neighborhood. The event also featured a butterfly release.


Featuring play structures and a pollinator garden, the park design weaves a theme of birds and butterflies throughout the park:

• The angular shape of the shade structure is inspired by the wings of a bird.

• The color theme of the park is dominated by black, midnight blue, and orange, which are the colors of the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.

• The pollinator garden includes plants that will attract Monarch, Pipevine Swallowtails, and an assortment of other butterflies and pollinators.

• The park will work in synergy with the creek corridor below, which includes a habitat that supports Monarch butterflies and will be an important pathway for the well-loved Monarchs as they migrate to warmer climates along the California coast in the winter.


In August 2021, artist Joey Rose worked with residents of the Tassajara Hills neighborhood to create a colorful mural, "Metamorphosis," that lines the grand stairway leading to the park. This mural is part of the City of Dublin's growing public art collection.

A rendering of the SCS Property, featuring shops, housing, and a town square.
A map of the SCS Property, bordered by Tassajara Road, Brannigan Street, I-580, and Gleason Drive.
A rendering of the SCS Property, featuring a square for gathering, entertainment, and leisure activities.

Dublin Planning Commission Recommends the Preferred Plan for the SCS Property

In April 2021, the City of Dublin formed a special Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to develop consensus on acceptable land uses and future development of the SCS Property, the vacant 76.9-acre property located north of I-580 between Tassajara Road and Brannigan Street and extending north of Gleason Drive. The CAC, made up of 14 Dublin residents and business owners, was formed to provide input throughout the outreach process.


The SCS Property Community Outreach also included a two-pronged approach to solicit input on the future development of the property. The approach included utilizing an Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel (ULI TAP) to create a foundation for discussions, and a consultant team to assist in engaging the community. For the second part of the outreach program, City Staff worked with ELS Architecture & Urban Design and their supporting multidisciplinary consultant team to work with the community, property owner, and other stakeholders to identify viable land uses and development options for the property.


In addition to meetings held with the Community Advisory Committee, the City of Dublin also held three community-wide meetings from August through January to hear residents’ thoughts and ideas about uses for the SCS Property. Meetings involved presentations by the design teams; active brainstorming sessions; and breakouts with the consultants, City staff, and interested members of the community. A community survey was shared in January, featuring the Preferred Plan created during the outreach process.


At its meeting held on January 25, the Dublin Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the Preferred Plan for the SCS Property. The item will come before the City Council at its meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m.

City of Dublin Seeking Feedback on the Housing Element Update

The City of Dublin is conducting a survey to receive community feedback that will help to create policies and programs that appropriately address the housing needs of current and future Dublin residents. This is a key step in the community outreach process associated with updating Dublin's Housing Element. Take the survey. The survey is available in English and Mandarin and is open through February 28, 2022.


The City will also hold the second of two workshops to receive community feedback on the Housing Element Update on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., via Zoom.


Please click the link to join the Workshop via computer audio: https://dublinca.zoom.us/j/82382805239?pwd=c2taeG41WlhydEVGaEN4c1lKanNxZz09

Passcode: ES0vdg89 or join by phone at (669) 900-9128 (San Jose)

Webinar ID: 823 8280 5239

Passcode: 05005976


The first Housing Element Workshop was held on January 19, 2022. A recording of the workshop is available on the City's YouTube channel.


Coronavirus Updates

Federal Government to Provide Free COVID-19 Tests for Every Household in the U.S.

The Federal Government has begun to provide free COVID-19 tests for every household throughout the country. The initial program will provide up to four individual tests per residential address, which will ship within 7-12 days of ordering. To place an order, visit www.COVIDtests.gov. Additionally, private health insurance companies are now required to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests for free, up to eight tests per month for each person on the plan.


For more information, visit How to get your At-Home Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test for Free


COVID-19 Testing Continues Weekly at the Dublin Senior Center

Each Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Curative, Inc., operates a COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.). Appointments are not necessary, and the service is open to all ages. Identification is required for adults; however, children may get tested without ID as long as they are accompanied by a parent/guardian. Proof of insurance is not required.


The COVID-19 test is a shallow nasal swab test. Results of tests are available within 48 hours. This free, weekly testing operation will continue until the service is determined to no longer be needed.


In mid-January, during the recent coronavirus surge, upwards of 240 people were being tested at the Senior Center site each week, as compared to 35-40 seen in previous months.


To learn more, visit https://curative.com/sites/31104.

Lunar New Year Event Postponed Due to COVID

In light of the recent COVID-19 surge, the City of Dublin and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA) have decided to postpone the scheduled Lunar New Year event, originally scheduled for February 5, to a date to be determined in the spring. The event will become a celebration of the Asian culture. All tickets purchased will be refunded.

Two lifeguards pose at The Wave.  The language reads, A Wave Job Fair will be held on Saturday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at The Wave.

Looking for a Summer Job? Attend a Job Fair at The Wave on Saturday, February 5

The Wave will be hosting its annual Job Fair on Saturday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at The Wave (4201 Central Parkway, Dublin).


The Wave will be recruiting for Lifeguards/Swim Instructors, Slide Attendants, and Recreation Aides. All attendees of the job fair will be able to apply, interview, and receive information on how to become a member of our team. Any applicant who receives a job offer will also receive the necessary certification, fully paid for by the City of Dublin. Attendees must be at least 15 years of age to apply. Schedules are flexible and cater to the availability of our employees.


Those wishing to apply for the position of Lifeguard/Swim Instructor will need to bring a swimsuit and towel to complete the following swim test:


  • 300-yard swim (12 laps either freestyle or breaststroke)
  • Two-minutes treading water
  • Retrieving a 10-pound brick from the bottom of the seven-foot pool and bringing it back to the wall.

Starting Pay:


  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor - $17.00
  • Slide Attendant - $15.00
  • Recreation Aide - $16.00

For additional job descriptions, job requirements, and to apply prior to the Job Fair, please visit www.calopps.org/city-of-dublin.


Register Now for the "Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk" on Sunday, March 13

Registration is now open for the "Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk," taking place on Sunday, March 13, as part of the City of Dublin's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Each year, over 2,000 participants take part in the annual the "Shamrock 5K."


The race begins at 8:30 a.m. along Dublin Boulevard near the Civic Center, and winds its way through town, finishing at the Festival with live music, awards, and giveaways for participants. The top three finishers in each division will win a medallion and gift certificate from race sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods.


The race will feature:

  • Over 2,000 participants
  • Special discounts for families, corporations and non- timed runners
  • Race week early bib pick-up
  • Post-race celebration with refreshments, entertainment and more!
  • Commemorative event t-shirt for all pre-registered participants
  • Prize drawing after the race with gift certificates and more!

Learn more:

https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Dublin/DublinShamrockRun

Three participants in the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk - a bearded man in a blue vest, a woman riding a three-wheeled, paralympic-style bike, and a kneeling man wearing a

Save the Date - St. Patrick's Day Weekend is March 11-13

The City of Dublin's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration is back! The weekend will kick off with a new Friday night bash, co-hosted by the Dublin Historical Society and the City of Dublin at The Wave. Look for ticket sales in the next couple of weeks! On Saturday morning, the Alameda County Firefighters Local 55 will be cooking up the Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 16, followed by the Lions Club Parade in Downtown Dublin. The two-day festival will take place at the Dublin Civic Center from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Information about the weekend festivities can be found at www.dublinstpats.com.

Dublin, California logo with graphic of grass and links to social media sites