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The MSIC is working on the various beautification projects and blight issues throughout the Montclair area. The following project is one such successful effort that involved numerous volunteers from the MSIC and the community.
Short Line Pocket Park
MSIC created a mini-park with new landscaping and a "Welcome
to Montclair Village" sign at the corner of Thornhill Drive
and Moraga Avenue. The new Park is called Short Line Pocket
Park because it is situated on a portion of the old Short
Line railway tracks that used to feed Montclair Village from Oakland.
History of Short Line Pocket Park Location
What was first known as the Oakland, Antioch, and Eastern Railway
in the early 1900s made its way down what is now Hwy 13 and came
through Montclair at the 13 on-ramp at Thornhill and Moraga,
then through Shepherd Canyon Valley eventually to Sacramento.
When the railway was purchased by the Sacramento Railroad Company
it was renamed Sacramento Short Line. It operated between 1912
and 1941. The last passenger train ran through Montclair
in February 1941. Freight trains continued until 1957 and the
rails were removed shortly thereafter. When it shut down, the
Railway granted the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) the
30 foot wide portion of land which separated the Montclair Elementary
School from Montclair Park. What we see today as the corner of
Moraga and Thornhill is the tip of this land grant. (Picture above is courtesy of Bay
The Park Began..
The MSIC approached the (OUSD to see if we could
adopt the land and turn it into a small park. The OUSD generously
agreed to lease the land to MSIC for a token amount with the promise
we would not only transform the area but would also maintain the
area once converted. Vegetation was removed and work
begun on building two stone walls that will form the foundation
for the planting areas. Grading, irrigation, soil conditioning
was next, and the the plants and mulch were installed.
Now it's a matter of monthly maintenance, consisting of weeding
and mulching. Additional plants are being installed as funds are
park project was coordinated through the generous donation of plans
and installation processes provided by Feyerabend & Madden
Landscape Architects. Owner Bobbie Feyerabend and her assistant
Jocelyn Broduer spent a great deal of time working with MSIC to
develop the look of the Park and select native plants that will
be attractive as well as draught-resistant.
Creating the Park was only the start. We are committed to maintaining
it through drip irrigation and regular weed maintenance.