June 2021

Welcome to the June issue of the Backyard Brief. You'll find information about the City of Dublin's new request management platform, "Fix it Dublin"; the latest on COVID-19; an update on future park development and fun summer activities in the City; and much more!

City of Dublin Launches "Fix It Dublin," New Request Management Platform

The City of Dublin has launched a new request management platform, "Fix It, Dublin." The enhanced system offers a user-friendly experience for residents to report issues of concern to the City, like streetlight outages, graffiti, and more.

With the new system online, the previous RequestTracker program has been deactivated. Any pending requests in the previous platform are automatically being moved into the new Fix It Dublin system and users with active tickets are being notified of the switch via email.

Fix It Dublin, powered by SeeClickFix, Inc., allows citizens to submit photos, videos, descriptions, a specific location, and more. The advanced location services also inform users if a duplicate request has already been submitted for a given issue to limit redundancies. Once submitted, users can use the platform to directly engage with City staff as they work to address the issue.

Residents have the option to submit service requests through either a desktop browser on the City’s website or on the new Fix It Dublin mobile app, available on iPhone or Android devices.

The City of Dublin looks forward to providing a more seamless experience for residents to help keep The New American Backyard running smoothly for everyone.

Visit Fix It Dublin webpage.

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Dublin City Councilmembers standing in front of flag poles flying the American, California, Dublin, and Progress Pride flags.

Dublin City Council Declares the Month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month

At its meeting held on May 18, the Dublin City Council proclaimed June 2021 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, recognizing the importance of fostering acceptance for all residents and preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Prior to its meeting on June 1, the City Council held a public ceremony to raise the Progress Pride Flag. Many members of the community attended the event. The Progress Pride flag includes black and brown stripes for people of color, and baby blue, pink, and white from the trangender flag in its design.

Latest Updates and Information on the COVID-19 Pandemic

California to Lift All Capacity Limits and Social Distancing Requirements on June 15

Citing increased vaccination rates and low COVID-19 hospitalization rates, the State of California has announced that it will no longer require physical distancing or limited capacity anywhere as of June 15. There will continue to be some guidance on face coverings, in line with the CDC guidelines. Some businesses may also continue to require masks for the health and safety of their own patrons and employees if they so choose.

For large outdoor gatherings with more than 10,000 people, organizers will be required to check for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, but patrons without either of those may be allowed in if they wear a face covering. For indoor events with more than 5,000 people, attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter; masking alone will not provide entry. The Department of Public Health will also lift all isolation and quarantining requirements for travelers, and will instead issue a travel advisory that aligns with CDC guidance. Please visit Beyond the Blueprint Framework for Industry and Business Sectors, with Limited Exceptions (ca.gov) for full details. The Association of Bay Area Health Officials also released a statement supporting the State’s decision to maintain masking indoors, despite the CDC’s announcement that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in certain indoor settings.

Mass Vaccination Site at Alameda County Fairgrounds Now Closed

As a majority of Alameda County and Tri-Valley residents have been vaccinated, and the demand for vaccinations has decreased over the past few weeks, the mass vaccination site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds closed at the end of May. Alameda County reports that 76% of its residents over the age of 12 have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 60% are fully vaccinated. Dublin's vaccination numbers are 78% and 60%, respectively.

For more updates and resources related to COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, visit https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page.

A map of the future Economic Development Zone area east of Fallon Road with five properties outlined.

City Council Creates the Fallon East Economic Development Zone and Associated Incentives Package

As part of the City Council's two-year strategic plan, one of the objectives was the establishment of an Economic Development Zone (EDZ) east of Fallon Road to help with the attraction of job-rich industries. On May 18, 2021, the City Council took action and approved the creation of the Fallon East EDZ and associated incentives package.

The Fallon East EDZ and associated incentives package will help focus attraction efforts in the following job-rich industries: Life Science; Advanced Manufacturing; Clean/Green Technology; Automation and Robotics; Technology; and Startups and Incubators.

The vision for the Fallon Road EDZ is to transform the area into a thriving corridor that capitalizes on its location along the I-580 freeway to serve as a catalyst for job creation. Creating a designated area will assist with new uses and services for the community, generating new jobs and tax revenues to support City services and programs. The incentives package is intended to provide several benefits to the City through the attraction of private investment in the targeted industries. For more information, please contact Economic Development Director Hazel Wetherford.

Local Recovery Campaign, "To Dublin With Love," is Now Underway

The City of Dublin (along with the other Tri-Valley cities) has partnered with Visit Tri-Valley on a new regional recovery campaign, "To Tri-Valley with Love." The regional campaign also includes a local focus, "To Dublin with Love," encouraging residents to make a promise to spend an additional $25 at local businesses each week. Most participating businesses are offering discounts or specials. The overarching campaign includes a Tri-Valley Promise Pass, which residents can register for online. The Promise Pass includes a mobile-exclusive free savings passport and enters participants into a drawing to win a $500 gift card from their favorite business. The more you shop, the higher your chance of winning! After you sign up, your passport will be instantly delivered to your phone via text and email and is ready to use immediately. When visiting a participating business, simply present your phone to a staff member to redeem your passport’s offerings.

For list of participating Dublin businesses, visit https://totrivalleywithlove.com/.

Banners honoring Dubliners who have served in the military hang from lightpoles along Dougherty Road.

Military Banners Honoring Local Veterans and Active Duty Military Now on Display

The City of Dublin's Military Banner Program honors local veterans and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Twelve local heroes are honored this year. Banners will be on display now through Veterans Day 2021.

The banners, sponsored by community members, are located along Dougherty Road between Scarlett Drive and Amador Valley Boulevard. Special thanks to the individual sponsors who are honoring a family member, as well as the Dublin Historical Society and the Association of the United States Army, MG William F. Dean Chapter, for their sponsorship this year.

Residents and visitors can download the Walking Tour Map or pick up a copy inside the Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center and then enjoy a one-mile walk to view the banners.

The Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center is located at the Camp Parks Visitor Center, just outside the military base's Main Gate on Dougherty Road. The History Center is open daily, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and admission is free.

City of Dublin Seeking Feedback on the Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan Update

The City of Dublin is undergoing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update. Upon completion, the Plan will include goals and recommendations to ensure that walking and biking in Dublin is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable for all ages and abilities.

The City is seeking feedback from the Dublin community regarding the survey. Please share your thoughts by completing the online survey: https://dublinbikeped.org/survey/. Your input will help develop a plan that addresses the needs of people walking and biking in Dublin. This survey will take approximately seven minutes to complete, and the information collected will be confidential and used solely for this planning process.

Bicyclist riding his bike on a green colored bike path on a tree-lined street.
A list of street names in Dublin that will receive a new surface this year.

City of Dublin Annual Street Resurfacing Project Expected to Begin in Late July

The City has two annual programs to maintain good pavement conditions. Street maintenance consists of preventative maintenance (Slurry Seal), in which damaged sections of the roadway are repaired and a protective seal is placed on top of the roadway in order to protect the existing asphalt to prolong the life of the roadway; and repaving (Street Overlay), in which the top parts of the street are removed and new asphalt is placed on the street surface. This year’s Slurry Seal Project is expected to being at the end of July. View the attached list of streets expected to receive the slurry seal this summer.

The City of Dublin, like all other jurisdictions in the Bay Area, uses the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) computerized Pavement Management Program called StreetSaver, which staff regularly maintains and updates. The MTC also grades all Bay Area cities on the conditions of its roadways through its Pavement Condition Index (PCI). The City of Dublin has consistently achieved the highest average PCI score of all Bay Area cities, topping the list for the past seven years.

Dublin City Councilmembers, holding shovels and standing in front of a bulldozer.

Construction Starts on Fallon Sports Park, Phase 3

On Thursday, May 20, Dublin City Council broke ground on the future Fallon Sports Park, Phase 3. The future park will feature two Little League fields; four sand volleyball courts; a playground; batting cages; and three cricket pitches. The park could be completed as early as September 2022.

City Seeking Feedback on Design Concepts for Future Park Near Wallis Ranch Community

On Saturday, June 5, the City of Dublin will hold an in-person community input meeting for residents to provide feedback on proposed designs of the future park at the Wallis Ranch development. The event will take place outside from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the corner of Tassajara Road and Rutherford Drive. Attendees will get to review and provide input on three design alternatives developed by Callendar Associates.

Two public meetings were previously held to obtain feedback from the community regarding what features they would like to see in the future park. An online survey also garnered 1,100 responses. The planning process is anticipated to be complete in Summer 2021.

Planned features of the park already include lighted tennis courts, pickleball courts, a dog park, and public restrooms. For more information about the future park's planning process, or to sign up for further updates on the project, visit www.dublin.ca.gov/2289.

Man wearing sunglasses, a blue shirt, black jeans, and playing a guitar.
Two pre-teen boys, one in glasses, and one carrying a big bag of kettle corn.
Man with his back to the camera playing guitar and singing in front of a microphone at a campfire.

Summer Activities Return to Dublin! Join Us for Summer Concerts, the Picnic Flix Movie Series, and Family Campouts!

With the State of California lifting restrictions on gatherings due to the decrease in coronavirus cases and the prevalence of vaccinations, the City of Dublin will be bringing back its popular summer events this year. Beginning Thursday, July 17, and running for eight consecutive weeks, you can enjoy free, live music at the Dublin Farmers' Market Summer Concerts. Shop the Market early for your favorite local produce, eggs, honey, delicious baked goods, and more, then spread out your blankets or set up your low-back chairs for the concert at the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Social distancing measures will be in place, with spots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot foods will be available for purchase, and the Dublin Lions Club will also serve wine and beer. Bands performing include tributes to the Eagles, Rolling Stones, Santana, and Prince, in addition to other party music cover bands. Visit www.dublin.ca.gov/concerts for the full line-up.

The City of Dublin's free outdoor movie series, Picnic Flix, begins on Friday, June 18, with the showing of DreamWorks' "Trolls" (PG). PicnicFlix is expanding its line-up this year with the showing of movies on eight consecutive Friday nights. The movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 - 9:00 p.m.) at Emerald Glen Park. Guests are encouraged to bring lowback chairs and/or blankets, and to dress warmly. Food and snack vendors will be on hand for meal purchases by 6:30 p.m. Social distancing will be encouraged, and hand sanitizing stations will be available for patrons' use. VIsit www.dublin.ca.gov/picnicflix for a list of all eight showings.

Registration is also now open for the City of Dublin's Family Campout events. Enjoy s'mores by the campfire and sleeping outdoors in the "New American Backyard." Space is limited for the popular activity, which provides a great weekend getaway for families, without all of the fuss! The Family Campout is also a great way to introduce camping to your little ones and novice campers. The Camp Staff will organize all of the activities and provide Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast...and of course, s'mores! All campers must bring a tent, sleeping bag, plus chairs, flashlights, snacks, clothing, and personal items. The price to participate is $27 per person for Dublin residents and $30 for non-residents. Campouts will be held on the following dates at three Dublin parks:

June 19-20: Schaefer Ranch Park

July 17-18: Emerald Glen Park

August 7-8: Alamo Creek Park

Register today at www.DublinRecGuide.com.

Pets are not allowed at any of these City of Dublin summer events.

A picture of the exterior of The Wave at Emerald Glen Park.

Recreational Swimming Returns to The Wave

Recreational Swimming ("Rec Swim") has returned to The Wave for the Summer 2021 season! Rec Swim will be held every day of the week, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., throughout the summer in the Natatorium (indoor pool). California Department of Public Health and Alameda County Public Health Department guidelines will be followed in order to ensure the health and safety of all guests and Wave staff. The price per entry is $6 per person and pre-registration is required, as park capacity will be limited. Reservations are now open for the summer at www.DublinRecGuide.com.

The start of Recreational Swimming also marks the return of The Wave’s Birthday Party Program. Birthday party reservations must also be made in advance at www.DublinRecGuide.com. Guests will be limited to current social bubble guidelines, based on the State of California’s tiered blueprint for reopening.

Pending the status of California’s planned reopening, The Wave Waterpark, which includes the Splash Zone and the Waterslide Tower, could reopen in mid-June, with the health and safety of its patrons in mind. The Wave Waterpark will include reduced capacity; cashless advance ticket sales and reservations; social distancing; and enhanced cleaning regimens. Check back at www.thedublinwave.com later this month to learn about the reopening of The Wave Waterpark.

Winners Chosen in Third Annual "Nature in Our Backyard" Photography Contest

The City of Dublin recently held its third annual "Nature in Our Backyard" photography contest as part of Dublin Pride activities. The City received 159 beautiful photographs of natural landscapes and wildlife taken in Dublin between April 2020 and April 2021. A panel of judges selected the top 10 photographs, which were then posted on the City's website for a community vote. The top four vote-getters were chosen for awards.

Photographer Rahul Guha Ray was named both the Grand Prize and First Place winner for the "Hummingbird" and "Northern Harrier" photographs. Liz Crane won second place with a photo entitled, "Stagecoach Turkeys," while third place went to Monique Richardson for her photograph, "When I Look to the Sky."

Please visit www.dublin.ca.gov/photocontest to view the winning photographs.ca.gov.

A hummingbird with a face and neck of bright pink feathers and a body of yellow and tan feathers.
Information detailing the 2021 Dublin Police Youth Academy

Dublin Police to Host 2021 Youth Academy, June 14-18

Dublin Police Services invites students, ages 14-18, to apply to be a part of its annual week-long Youth Academy, taking place June 14-18, 2021. This free program is designed for students who have an interest in criminal justice. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 8, at 5:00 p.m.

Taught by law enforcement personnel, the Youth Academy offers participants the opportunity to learn about specific elements of law enforcement including:

Bomb Squad Unit

Crime Prevention/Community Policing

Crime Scene Investigations

Gang Identification and Prevention

Regional Training Center

K9 Unit

Those interested can complete an online application or pick up a paper application at Dublin Police Services at 6361 Clark Avenue, Dublin. Students will be required to pass a background check and parental/guardian consent is required. For more information, please contact Deputy Paula Greenbaum at 925-833-6622 or the Crime Prevention Unit at 925-833-6677.

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