Proposed Stow Steps...
Unfortunately, this great idea may be impossible because of the ADA requirement for a wheelchair accessible alternative to steps.
Where steps would come down.
Area for proposed Stow Steps.
Original letter to the City, Summer 2011
We are pleased as residents of the Almond-Shuey neighborhood, one of the oldest downtown neighborhoods in Walnut Creek to support the city in its effort to create an inviting, prosperous downtown area, filled with the best restaurants, shops and entertainment in the East Bay. Our neighborhood is part of that
vibrant downtown. To underscore that connection we are seeking the City’s help in getting a pedestrian stairway constructed on the City-owned right-of-way
between the end of Stow Avenue and California Boulevard.
For years, many residents used a sloping pathway at the end of Stow Ave to walk down to California Boulevard, then to cross into the downtown area. When the city installed a retaining wall along California Boulevard, the owner of the property on which the path was located had to block access to that path for safety reasons. The neighborhood had no input into the design of the wall, and some residents still persist in trespassing to take the old shortcut. We’ve
even seen seniors from Heritage Pointe going this way. The owners of the properties on Stow Avenue, along with a representative cross-section of our
neighborhood are now petitioning you to create a stairway to safely reconnect our neighborhood to the downtown. This would be done with the understanding that if the land uses at the end of Stow Avenue change at some time in the future, as foreseen in the General Plan, the owners will incorporate into their plans a suitable pedestrian walkway to replace these stairs. The steps we hope to see constructed will be much more than just simple access for the neighborhood. They will be a statement of neighborhood pride – recognition of our neighborhood, which was formed even before the City was incorporated. We’d like a staircase that says this is the Almond Shuey. It would be like saying we are becoming a great city, but we are not forgetting our hometown component.
We are seeking your preliminary endorsement, and the assignment of someone on Staff to help us realize our vision. If the City does not currently have resources available to carry out a project like this, we will help seek funds, get design suggestions, landscape ideas and do whatever fundraising is necessary. We look forward to your support.
(Signed by many residents of the Almond Shuey neighborhood.)
Here is a suggested design, suggested by Shuey Avenue resident Tom O'Brien.
For more information and comments, see our blog page. Zig Zag Approach