The Muwekma Ohlone Park has seen a lot of sunshine. It has been visited by hundreds of volunteers. Many of them children. Each and every visitor impressed that this Park has potential. Hundreds of Native Plants. Frog ponds. Exotic plants. Insects. So much animal and plant life. Most every one felt good in this Park.
Tuesday, November 22, 2001 the Park was hit by a tragedy. A contractor was tunneling 3 huge tunnels under the Park - from the West to East direction by 3rd Street and Marin. A huge pressurized treated sewer pipe ran from North to the South - and discharged treated sewage by Pier 80.
The contractor did NOT take the trouble to check out the existence of the sewer pipe. The tunnels under the sewer pipe weakened the surrounding ground. The sewer pipe sagged and the result was several leaks - adversely affecting the Muwekma Ohlone Park.
Ever since the incident through Thanksgiving Day some of us were on Duty. We were monitoring the activities of several City and other entities all trying to solve the problem. One BIG mess.
For now most of the Native plants have been moved to a safer area. We have lost a lot of the insect and other animal life who fell prey to the removal of the soil - creating a big hole 15 feet wide and 20 feet in length.
Our hope is to restore the Park to its glory once the sewer pipe has been fixed.
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