Temescal Creek, that tiny creek running mostly underground parallel to Thornhill Drive, opens to daylight between Alhambra Lane and Gouldin Road. At the peak of the rainy season, it has been known to have between twelve and fifteen inches of water flowing past St. John’s property.
One of the conditions of our regulatory approvals for The Gateway Project was to mitigate (or offset) the 375 square feet of shade that our new bridge will cast on the creek and the foliage on its banks. Since it was not possible on St. John’s property, we were required to provide double the square footage that would be shaded by the bridge somewhere else along Temescal Creek. We were able to accomplish this just down the street at Montclair Presbyterian Church. This turned out to be a huge task requiring submittal of architectural and landscape drawings, environmental and biological specifications and three costly city permits.
The work was completed to the satisfaction of the city inspectors of the four governmental agencies involved thanks to the tireless work of St. John’s volunteers in collaboration with the Presbyterian Church. A huge shout out is due to the St. John’s parishioners who devoted countless hours and talent to complete more than 90% of the labor. These unsung heroes of Temescal Creek are David Brown, Paul Brumbaum, Bob Davidson, Rev. Scott Denman, Bob Kridle, Randy Levandowski, and Jerry Moran.
Please feel free to stop by Montclair Presbyterian Church and have a look at this beautiful creek, its banks, and the new deck railing, the fruits of the labor of these unsung heroes!
St. John's Episcopal Church, Oakland
1707 Gouldin Road
Oakland, CA 94611
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