The former Mudd’s Restaurant property in San Ramon has been mostly abandoned and become a popular target for vandalism, according to officials with the city, which now owns the once-popular eating destination.
Most recently, during a routine inspection, city staff found that unidentified vandals had broken into the storage shed on the west side of the restaurant, resulting in the door and door-frame being “damaged beyond repair,” according to a staff report by parks program manager Sandy Martin.
Staff have reinstalled plywood over the door in an effort to keep animals and the weather from damaging the site further, but damages are estimated to cost $1,800. In addition to the destroyed storage shed door, the double glass doors on the south side of old Mudd’s Fireside Room were broken and have since been covered with plywood.
Parks program manager Matt Early said that the property sometimes receives ongoing vandalism throughout the year.
The 2.2-acre parcel is located at 10 Boardwalk Place, adjacent to the Crow Canyon Community Gardens and the San Catanio Creek. It was officially purchased by the city October 2017 for $1 after an engineering analysis revealed that the excessively high cost of creek mitigation meant development would have no real commercial value.
Since that time, the property has been used as an extension of the adjoining Crow Canyon Community Gardens, but recent community interest in the utilization of the property has re-emerged as the city writes its 10-year Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Master Plan.
“It’s an issue that the community has been very involved in and very passionate about, and that (has) been great to have,” said Will Doerlich, 2019 chair of the city’s Parks and Community Services Commission. “Right now were still reaching out to the public and gathering information as a commission.”
The master plan rewrite will guide the city in how it utilizes its parks and public lands to best reflect the needs and desires of the community.
When talks first began about the purchase of Mudd's, more than 2,000 community members signed a petition to preserve the property as a natural park for the community -- an option that isn’t impossible according to Doerlich, but one that would require rezoning of the area.
“All options are on the table right now. There are no decisions that have been made,” he said. “There are a lot of moving parts … but no (options) are off of the table.”
City staff have created an online survey for residents in order to gather information on how city property can best be utilized for San Ramon’s parks master plan.
The next public Parks and Community Services Commission meeting is scheduled to occur 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road. Residents are invited to learn about the process and have their opinions heard.