“Investing in natural solutions like trails, shade, and green spaces can cool temperatures by up to six degrees and help prevent flooding,” Trust for Public Land President Diane Regas said. “Parks inspire joy and happiness and help cities meet the climate crisis.”
The plans are still in development, and there will be survey crews on-site taking inventory. The renovations will likely include walking trails, trees and irrigation, another playground and installation of water fountains and benches, according to the proposed plans. These additions will be paid for by voter approved bond funds.
This project is still in the first phase of master planning, so construction is not expected until mid- to late-2024 and the ending date is unknown. As the plans are further cemented, a timeline will become more established.
This is one of many projects the city has planned to improve parks, including plans for five new parks around town. The Park Master Plan is a living document the city has to keep track of upcoming improvements and needs of parks in the area. The document includes projects for the next five to 20 years, including connecting bike trails (page 58) creating “exciting and inviting park spaces” (page 60) and adding additional adult spaces in recreation centers such as lap pools (page 107).
“Working together with our community to improve the health and well-being of all is key to everything we do,” Director Ron Smith said earlier this year.