A $3.1 million renovation of the Imola park-and-ride lot could be the start of some big changes for Imola Avenue as a whole.
The lot along Golden Gate Drive near Imola Avenue in the city of Napa was built during the early 1980s and doesn’t look like it’s had a facelift since. Weeds grow out of cracked asphalt pavement.
Nor is the lot exceedingly popular. A couple of dozen vehicles might be seen in its 76 spaces on a typical day. There’s a sense of a heyday long past.
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The Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) on Monday held a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation. Plans call for new pavement, electric vehicle charging stations, better bike lockers, better lighting and the return of express bus service to BART.
Work should be finished in about six months, depending on the weather, transportation officials said. Then commuters will have a better place to park to catch carpools or buses.
Public transportation is about convenience and efficiency, Napa Mayor Scott Sedgley said during the groundbreaking ceremony.
“What could be more convenient than this location along the Imola corridor?” he said.
An express bus service stop moved in 2013 from the Imola park-and-ride lot to the Soscol Gateway Transit Center. When the park-and-ride lot improvements are done, the stop will move back to Imola. The buses go to the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station.
Berkeley-based O.C. Jones & Sons will do the $2.4 million construction phase of the park-and-ride lot renovation.
County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza on Monday was pleased to see a towering, yellow hydraulic excavator ready to start another project. But his main focus wasn't the excitement of pending construction.
“It’s about people,” said Pedroza, chairperson of the NVTA Board of Directors. “It’s about the lives we are trying to benefit.”
The NVTA in 2020 spearheaded a vision for Imola Avenue that goes far beyond the park-and-ride lot. The goal is to turn this busy, car-centric street into something that is easier to walk and bike, as well as improve the aesthetics.
It's unclear when work might get underway. NVTA Executive Director Kate Miller said Caltrans is making plans to improve the section of Imola Avenue that is also Highway 121.
This whole area is primed for redevelopment. Perhaps these two projects will provide a jumpstart, she said.
Sedgley also talked about the Imola Avenue corridor. Affordable housing could be built next to the park-and-ride lot. Napa Valley College plans to build housing. To the south, Napa Pipe is to bring homes and Costco.
“This is where a lot of growth is going to happen in our community, south of Imola," he said.
Sedgley recalled how Imola Avenue looked back in the 1960s and 1970s. The Highway 121 segment was a main regional transportation route, before the Highway 29 Southern Crossing/Butler Bridge was built.
“That was the highway to get all Sonoma County traffic over to the Central Valley, right down Imola,” he said. “There were no less than eight fueling stations, eight gas stations on Imola. Every corner had a fueling station.”
With Imola Avenue poised for yet another transformation, a renovated park-and-ride lot is to be an anchor on the west end.
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A student from Calistoga Elementary School takes part in the Walk and Roll to School Day event on Oct. 6.
Members of the Napa High School Tennis Team helped keep trash and plastics out of local waterway by participating in a cleanup of the Oxbow parking lots on Oct. 2 with the help of the Napa RCD. In total, they collected over 35 pounds of trash, recycling and compost. Pictured from left to right: Brianna Bulman, Ari Robinson, Julia Bui, Stefania Llamas, Kaelin Paringit, coach Marie Dolcini and Beau the rescue pup.
Mr. and Mrs. Mo enjoying a day out at Hall Winery.
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St. John's Lutheran School second grader Vince Wagner proudly displays the goodies he won during the Cake Walk, one of the most popular events at the school's annual carnival.
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William Spencer and Raylene Thompson enjoy Debbie Dean's paintings at the Open Studios event.
Community Projects volunteers make sure all the toys and puzzles donations are complete. From left, Pauline Szotkowski and Sandra Pena.
Brooke Hannaford Filary of Napa enjoying BottleRock with girlfriends who flew in from the Seattle area.
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Napa High School teacher Judy Christman poses with John McEnroe after his morning concert at Silverado Country Club on July 19.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition with the winning team for the Vine Trail's Month of Movement challenge. Team Silicon Valley Bank raised the most money, and Silicon Valley Bank's Steven Birer won most money raised by an individual.
The Four Leaf Clovers 4-H Swine Group at the Napa Valley Town and Country Fair auction.
The Napa Valley Horse Show took place at Skyline Park in Napa on June 12.
Christopher and Johnny De Haro build a bicycle at the ACE Summer Program. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) provided campers with an opportunity to learn how to "Build a Bike."
Anthony Rincon and a stuffed animal prize that was won for popping balloons at a Napa Expo game booth.
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Second grader and violin student, Max Read-Myers, performs with his teacher and reknowned klezmer violinist Cookie Segelstein at a backyard concert on June 27 under the auspices of E & M Presents. Also performing was acclaimed button accordionist Joshua Horowitz.
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Chris Largent, lower left, a tour guide with Platypus Tours in Napa poses with one of his recent tour groups.
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Members of the Napa County branch of American Association of University Women doing litter removal for its Adopt-a-Road Community Service Project. Shown are Cynthia Luce, Toby Mitchell, Allison Saether and Bernice Sousa-Carden.
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Students of Brown's Family Daycare, Inc., celebrate the end of 2020—2021 Distance Learning School Year. Front row from left: Dylan, Kindergarten; Delila, Kindergarten; Adelyn, 1st Grade; Fernando, 3rd Grade. Back row from left: Isaias, 2nd grade; Emmanuel, 5th grade; Kaylee, 3rd Grade; and Estrella, 5th Grade.
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Land Trust of Napa County assistant stewardship coordinator, Megan Lilla, left, helps a crew of American Conservation Experience members rid one of the Land Trust’s protected areas of the invasive yellow starthistle plant.
Antonia Landels, Bailie Heather and Cara Mae Wooledge celebrate the 2nd Annual Napa Valley Pride Cruise Night.
Sir Hazel and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (MMM) browse a recent edition of the Napa Valley Register. MMM was rescued by in a Napa neighborhood by volunteers from Napa Bunny Colony Rescue in late 2019, and foster failed by Angela Jackson. Later, Jackson adopted Hazel from Jameson Animal Rescue, and the two are now a bonded pair.
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Shearer Elementary staff at a recent outing to Napa Bowl.
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This boat won First Place in the
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Chef Ken Frank, La Toque Restaurant, Blanca Huijon, Executive Director of Puertas Abiertas, Kelly Dodd Board Member, Sharon Macklin Board president and staff member Alejandra Quintana celebrated Cinco de Mayo at LaToque as a fundraiser for Puertas Abiertas.
Napa County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Klobas celebrating the Farm Bureau's 108th anniversary in the Napa Valley.
River School celebrated "May the Fourth," the annual Star Wars celebration day as part of their Spirit Week. The students loved seeing teacher Keith Waechtler really getting into the spirit with his imperial lieutenant uniform.
Amber Lee of KTVU Channel 2, second from right, came out to American Canyon's Summer Kick-Off Celebration at Shenandoah Park on June 18. During the event, American Canyon Mayor Leon Garcia, center, and Janelle Sellick, executive director, American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation, right, unveiled the city's first StoryWalk installment.
Rusty Cohn captured this photo of a mother and baby beaver in the Napa Creek.
During the lockdown, the Napa County Office of Education distributed free produce/protein boxes every Thursday. The distribution ran through May 27, 2021 and was made possible through a partnership with Adventist Health St. Helena. Pictured are NCOE staff members Leidy Tovar, left, and Heather Whitacre at a distribution event.
John Comisky sends in this photo of swallows nesting under the Soscol overpass at Oxbow Commons. The birds migrate thousands of miles from South America to build their nests with countless mouthfuls of mud.
The Eagle Cycling Club partnered with the Cycle for Sight and Rotary Ride for Veterans on April 17.
Napa County celebrated Resource Parent (formerly foster parent) Appreciation Month with a different activity each week in May. Napa County Health and Human Services Child Welfare Services Division and Juvenile Probation partnered with Expressions of Hope, Lilliput Wayfinder Family Services, and Napa County Office of Education to celebrate local families. Events included paint night, training and a fiesta-themed (socially distanced) drive-thru to pick up dinner. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a resource parent, please contact Child Welfare Services at 707-253-4761.
St. John's Lutheran School honored Secretary Kristal Broyles, left, and Office Manager Cindy Zeller on Administrative Professionals Day.
Rob Devitt, center, presents a check for $500 to St. Vincent de Paul volunteers Ana Barboza and Russ Eberwein. Rob collected, sorted and recycled cans and bottles as a project to raise funds for the St. Vincent de Paul program to provide grocery boxes for families in need.
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A ribbon cutting by city officials on April 5 marked the opening of Calistoga's new Pioneer Park Bridge.
The Daisy Girl Scout troop helps to plant fruit and vegetables in the Shearer Elementary community garden.
Jason Dickens leads a Napa County leg of the nationwide “Carry the Load” relay to honor fallen military personnel and first responders on May 5. He was walking the leg from the Napa County Fire Department to Silverado Resort as the 15,500-mile event passed through Napa County. Since 2011, Carry The Load’s mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has grown into a national movement – this year covering all 50 states – to honor and remember those who laid their lives down for our freedom. It was founded by two veteran U.S. Navy SEALs who felt like the nation had forgotten the meaning of Memorial Day. Reaching 50 states and more than 29 countries, people can register at
carrytheload.org/register to join now through Memorial Day. This year people can participate by hosting a Carry It Anywhere experience, organizing a youth Carry The Flag activity, walking in the National Relay, fundraising for our nation’s heroes, and taking part virtually throughout the 32-day event.
The Rosales Family enjoying the happiness of the Napa Valley spirit with a family photo at a friend's Carneros vineyard.
HALL Wines' Bunny Foo Foo was recently decorated for Easter.
Team Aaron Comfort Dog (St. John’s Lutheran Church) and 56 other LCC Comfort Dog teams from across the country participated in “Run for Respect”, a 5K virtual run fundraiser sponsored by Pontiac High School, Pontiac, Illinois. Run for Respect funds generate support for the Special Olympics and Pontiac Township High School’s Peers In Action programs. Their mission is to spread inclusion by creating a world where all people are treated with respect. The theme this year is "You Can't Mask Respect!" There were hundreds of LCC affiliate participants from 22 states as well as hundreds of local Illinois participants. The Comfort Dogs even participated in the race. This is the 4th year Aaron has participated virtually.
Lurdes Betancourth sent in this photo of her children giving their mailman a gift in appreciation of his service.
Steven Silvagni is shocked that he's celebrating his 70th birthday. He celebrated this milestone in Napa, at home with his family.
St. John’s Lutheran School recognized World Cancer Day on February 4 and had a Free Dress Fundraiser for students and staff. The school raised $1,060 which was donated to Queen of the Valley’s Cancer Wellness Program. Shown here is second-grader, Peyton Howard.
A ceremony was held at Tulocay Cemetery on March 25 to honor Marine Corps Private Henry William Heisch who received the Medal of Honor in 1902 for his bravery in China's Boxer Rebellion two years earlier. Receiving the American flag from Bob Sundin of the Marine Corps League was Heisch's granddaughter, Yvonne Burt of Napa. Heisch later moved to Napa and became a farmer. He died in 1941 and his ashes rest at Tulocay. The Marine Corps League, Detachment 870, Napa Valley sponsored the event.
Eagle Cycling Club of Napa leaves donations of clean gently used men’s clothing, jackets, single bedding, and toiletries, at Calistoga Ranch, River Ranch, Robert Mondavi Ranch Farmworker Housing Centers as 2021 wine season begins.
Beatrice Abbate and her husband Jim Fritz, both residents of Áegis Living in Napa, celebrate Valentines Day in February.
are seen having a joyous moment.
Four generations, the Cohea's, Ricker's and Finegan's celebrating a birthday and Valentine's Day at the Oakland Zoo.
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Isabel Duarte, 6, of Girl Scout Daisy troop 10713 makes contactless cookie deliveries from orders placed on her website.
Napa Wildlife Rescue President John Comiskey receiving a $10,000 grant from Jan Skogen, Richard Reed Foundation grants manager.
St. John's Lutheran School's preschool student, Harper, during the school's celebration of National Lutheran Schools Week.
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First day at St Helena Montessori.
Napa is a “grape” place to run!
Chris Craiker and Nonie Greenfield celebrate their previous day vaccination at Veterans Memorial Park.
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St. Apollinaris Women’s Guild held a drive-thru holiday event on Dec 5, 2020. Each driver received a stocking and some goodies, and they donated canned goods that will go with CanDo’s Food Drive to the Food Bank. Here, boardmember Carolyn Cassayre gathers cans as Connie Finnegan shows her lovely Christmas stocking.
Ashlyn Broyles, left, and Luca Baldock of St. John's Lutheran School display some of the items collected for Operation with Love From Home. The items were included in holiday care packages for our troops.
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