CASTRO VALLEY -- New public art, including benches inlaid with marble mosaics and gateway columns, will be celebrated Saturday with a street party.

The event takes place on Castro Valley Boulevard, the site of the new art installations. The mosaics on the 35 granite slab benches and two gateway markers reflect Lake Chabot, wildflowers and other Castro Valley landmarks.

The marble mosaics inlaid in the benches and markers were created by artist Miriam Klein Stahl in collaboration with Pippa Murray Mosaics.

Stahl's work was installed in August as part of the Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Project, an $11 million undertaking that was a partnership between Alameda County and the Castro Valley Sanitary District. Construction included the streetscape improvements and the replacement of a 30-inch sewer line.

It was funded with $8.7 million from the former Alameda County Redevelopment Agency and $2.3 million from the sanitary district. The project was one of the last Alameda County was able to fund with redevelopment money before Gov. Jerry Brown dissolved redevelopment agencies.

Workers reconfigured traffic lanes, repaved, widened sidewalks and added bike lanes, trees and planter beds, LED streetlights and parking bays along the arterial. The improvement extends from San Miguel Avenue to Redwood Road.

The celebration, called Castro Valley Creates, also is a thank-you to local businesses who persevered during the two-year road construction project. Merchants will have booths set up along the boulevard with special offers during the party.


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The street party will highlight creativity and community, with local artists giving demonstrations and displaying their work. The family-friendly celebration will feature music, face painting, cookie painting, art and crafts activities, a jump house, games and prizes.

The celebration will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday from San Miguel Avenue to Wilbeam Avenue.

Contact Rebecca Parr at 510-293-2473, or follow her at Twitter.com/rdparr.