Residents interested in learning more about Danville’s Magee Preserve project are invited to the property's first-ever PumpkinFest on Saturday during which attendees will have the opportunity to explore the property and join in on some Halloween-themed activities.
The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a two-hour guided hike of the Magee Preserve led by Save Mount Diablo’s land conservation director Seth Adams, offering residents the opportunity to explore the scenery of the area.
Interested residents who will be unable to attend the hike are still invited to PumpkinFest’s other activities starting at noon, which will include inflatable fun houses, shaved ice, face-painting and other activities -- plus, the first 200 kids that attend can take home a pumpkin from the preserve’s pumpkin patch.
Activities and the pumpkin patch will be held from 12-3 p.m. at 21 San Andreas Dr., Danville.
Halloween costumes are welcome, said organizers, who encourage attendees to RSVP online at www.mageepreserve.com.
The Magee Preserve project is a proposed 69-home development centered on the south side of Diablo and Blackhawk roads, with the main entrance to the housing complex being based adjacent to Jillian Way. The project would develop approximately 29 acres -- or 7% -- of the 410-acre property, with the remaining 381 acres of open space preserved by the town on a permanent basis.
The project has proven divisive among residents in Danville, with some who fear the site will create increased traffic in the area. Voters in Danville will have the opportunity to approve or deny the development proposal themselves during an upcoming election in 2020. According to Danville officials, the Town Council will select a date for the election during its regular meeting on Nov. 5.
Magee Preserve proponents have previously said that they will be launching a series of hikes on the Magee property -- such as the PumpkinFest morning hike -- to help residents become more acquainted with the potential open space that may become available to them.