A Kimber Park resident and nature lover dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Kimber Park open space and neighborhood recreational facility.
A hyper-aggressive developer has cyclone fenced a 60-year old Redwood forest and natural area and now holds it hostage in the center of a planned community, even though the property is zoned open space. After surrounding the community's open space with a cyclone fence, they are now trying to negotiate how many homes to build. Hard to believe but true.
See also savekimberpark.com for more information.
In 1976, an agreement was made between the City of Fremont, Shapell Homes, Kimber Park Associates and the homeowners in Kimber Park. This agreement zoned the land where Mission Hills Tennis Club resides, as Private Open Space, with the exception of a recreational facility and/or restaurant.
The result was a wonderful tennis and recreational facility that has benefited not only the Kimber Park residents, but all of Fremont and surrounding communities.
The current owner Sheena Chang and a developer, Steve Saray of Civitaf Corp. seek to overturn the 1976 zoning. We hope that the City Council of Fremont will uphold the 1976 zoning of the land, and not give into these greedy land developers.
From the Kimber Park Sales Brochure:
“Additionally, exceptional planning extends beyond your front door into the total community environment. Kimber Park homes are centered about a 12.7 acre park with a beautiful tree-lined lake next to which a private racquet/swim club is being developed”
Here’s a scan of the development, from the original brochure:
Original Kimber Park Sales Brochure
This is what the community bought; Sheena Chang purchased Private Open Space.
This is an important moment for the City Council, whether they uphold the agreements made when this development was built or override them for the profit of new developers. It is clear; this property was intended as private open space. The outcome of this decision is a wakeup call for all of us with regard to city politics. Will the City Council members honor agreements, preserve community integrity, or give in to greedy developers?
Attend the Dec. 6th City council Meeting, let the city see your support for preserving this open space.
Submitted by Kevin, the college student and maintenance worker (and excellent tennis player!), who like all of the club staff was recently laid off by the club owners on short notice. Kevin sent in this this testimonial from his parent’s house, where he now lives:
1) the club is a place where putting a smile on a members face is an important part of the day. i love coming to the club and opening in the morning, knowing that i can make a difference to someone’s day. while working i enjoy seeing the members coming to play tennis and it always brings a smile to my face when they play.
2) the loss feels like a small community has been taken from me. It has always been a fun place and i enjoyed being there. when mission hills was closed, a part of me was taken away. the club has always been a family place where the members can spend quality time together and have a good quality workout.
3) in terms of the condition of the club, i describe the place as being poorly maintained. even though there are cracks on the ceiling and deteriorating ceiling covers, there was no one coming in to fix it. it could have been a big problem if there was more rain because it could have collapsed. i did my best by sweeping the water off the ceiling so that the ceiling would not soak up the water. also there could be new paint applied to the building because the color is getting dull. the wood on the deck is getting rotten and has not been fixed.
4) i would like to see the club being remodeled by painting the building, putting in new carpet, and fixing the decks. It doesn’t have to be torn down — but keep the building and actually remodel the building. also the club should continue to be part of the community because mission hills club is not just recreation but a second home to a lot of the members.