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Park Projects

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Since September 2013, Council has prioritized the enhancement of community sports and recreational assets.  Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding has been allocated to park projects from available sources including the City’s Capital Project Reserve Fund, grants, corporate donations and individual contributions. In addition, fees collected from new housing development in lieu of parkland dedication has allowed the City to rehabilitate existing neighborhood and community parks (Quimby Act), and to acquire and develop new parkland and recreational amenities at a ratio of 2.6 acres - 3.0 acres for every 1,000 residents (Mitigation Fee Act).  The City has also completed studies and conducted community outreach to inform park project planning.  

Projects Completed

  • Bowers Park Playground (rehabilitation) - November 2019
  • Larry Marsalli Park Off-Leash Dog Area (new) - December 2018
  • Everett N. “Eddie” Sousa Neighborhood Park & Community Garden (new) - August 2018
  • Bill Wilson, Jr. Park (new) - March 2018    
  • Steve Carli Park Playground (rehabilitation) - May 2017
  • Bracher Park (rehabilitation) - Fall 2016
  • Tennis & Basketball Courts (resurfaced) - 2016

Studies Completed

  • Central Park Master Plan Update (Gates 2017-2019) - Council review 2020
  • Park and Recreational Facilities Development Impact Fee Nexus Study (Willdan) - 2019
  • Park Facility Condition Assessment (Kitchell) - 2017
  • Youth Sports Needs Assessment (Verde) - 2014 

Current Projects Underway

Reed & Grant Streets Sports Park
  • Construction 2018-2020

Raymond G. Gamma Dog Park (at Reed Street)

  • Public Input process completed (2018-19)
  • Improvements under design (2019-20)
  • Construction anticipated mid-2020 ease use the off-leash dog area located at Larry Marsalli Park on Lafayette Blvd. This location has paved parking and restroom facilities.  For other dog parks in the area, visit the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority website.
Machado Park Playground Rehabilitation (3360 Cabrillo Avenue)
  • Construction (2019-2020)
  • Public Meeting- Machado Park Playground Project Update
    Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:30-7:00 p.m.
    Machado Park Building, 3360 Cabrillo Avenue

    You are invited to attend this community meeting for updates on the Machado Park Playground Rehabilitation Project. City staff from Public Works Department and the Parks & Recreation Department will be onsite to answer questions.

    We understand that project delays are impacting your use of this neighborhood park. The City has worked through several issues including site, soil, design, weather, and timeline and anticipates about three months to completion, once construction is reinitiated. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Magical Bridge All Inclusive Playground in Central Park

Homeridge Park Playground Rehabilitation (2985 Stevenson Street)

  • Construction Contract awarded 2/11/2020.
  • On May 11, 2020, Star Construction mobilized on site to begin demolition and reconstruction of the Homeridge Park Playground. The work consists of constructing approximately 31,000 square feet of park area including a new 7,250 square foot playground for ages 2-5 and 6-12, a sand play area, resilient surfacing, play berm, perimeter fence, accessible concrete paths and ramp from parking lot, new plantings, and irrigation. The aged park infrastructure and playground were identified in a City Park Facility Condition Assessment in 2017 as in need of replacement.
  • The Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding comes from Quimby Act fees collected by the City from new residential housing developers and a Healthy Play Initiative grant from the California Parks and Recreation Society and GameTime. The design by Gates & Associates was developed with community input and approval of the Parks & Recreation Commission and City Council last year; it will inclusively provide all elements of play integrated with nature. Expected completion is late 2020.

Fuller Street Park Phase II - Sport Court (Volleyball, ½ Basketball court)

  • Work on the Fuller Street Park Project Phase II began on Thursday June 18, 2020.  Improvements will include a volleyball court, half basketball court, picnic tables, benches, fitness equipment and landscaping.  The expected completion of the project is fall 2020.

Agnew Park Playground Rehabilitation

  • The Public Works Department issued Suarez & Munoz Construction, Inc. a notice to proceed on the playground rehabilitation project as of Thursday, June 18, 2020. The playground will feature age-appropriate play spaces for children, ages 2-5 and 6-12, include the six elements of play (balance, brachiating, climbing, sliding, spinning and swinging), inclusion of nature and imaginative play. Landscape improvements will include trees, shrubs, perennials, benches and a split rail fence along the front of the park for added safety. The playground will be designated as a national demonstration site for Play On! Promoting Physical Activity. The expected project completion is fall 2020.

Montague Park Rehabilitation Project (De La Cruz Blvd.)

  • Construction (Fall 2020-2021)

Buchser Middle School Tennis Courts & Parking (SCUSD with partial City Funding)

  • Construction (Summer 2019-Winter 2020)

International Swim Center (ISC) & Community Recreation Center (CRC)

  • 2014-2016.  A project was proposed to consolidate and replace the existing, aging facilities (ISC & CRC) in Central Park. The proposed 171,000 square foot facility was designed to provide additional capacity to address the future program needs of the community including: recreation, health & wellness; warm water therapy; water safety & learn to swim; cultural and performing arts; and, aquatic competition, among other existing and new program areas.

  • 2016. the schematic design was completed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design and Council approved the CEQA Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration and the Architectural Plans (File Numbers: CEQ2015-01189 (IS/MND)/ PLN2015-10939 (Architectural Review)).  Council requested additional study of project feasibility and potential funding strategies.

  • April 2017-2018. The City contracted with Project Financial Advisory, Limited (PFAL) to develop and evaluate potential financial strategies and funding capacities and options; conduct community outreach and public opinion research on the options developed; explore capital campaign team formation to assist in raising private donations/grants; explore corporate sponsorships; and, propose potential public private partnership options to aid the City in project financing and delivery. The study results were presented in Council Study Sessions on July 18, 2017, and February 20, 2018. Further public opinion research conducted in Spring 2018 on broader public infrastructure needs that could also potentially fund an “right sized” ISC-CRC Project.  The research did not indicate sufficient support to move forward with an infrastructure ballot measure in November 2018. 

  • 2019-2020. A “right-sized” project scope has been developed and proposed for consideration in the Central Park Master Plan. Council expressed an interest in exploration of community supported projects for potential infrastructure bond or tax measure in the 2020 timeframe.  No decisions have been made regarding the ISC and CRC at this time.

Park Amenity & Design Standards

Santa Clara Public Park Amenity & Design Standards  (2019 edition, subject to updates)

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