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August 12, 2009 > Parks and Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission

Parks and Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission

City of Milpitas
August 3, 2009

Cardoza Park Master Plan

Bonnie Greiner, Parks and Recreation Director, and Steve Erickson, CIP Manager, presented to the commission.

Greiner has been working with the architects, Gates and Associates, the last few months, on a master plan for all of the city parks, but addressed the proposed renovation master plan for Cardoza Park.

Cardoza Park was originally constructed in 1973. "It's our highest used park in the city" Greiner told the commission. Play structures are in need of ADA and safety upgrades. "This park has been worn out, basically" she said.

Presented the concept of the master plan for the new park. The plan will utilize the park's10 plus acres, concentrating on what they, City and architects, and the public felt was important. Next to the existing parking lot proposing to put in a community building, so the park could have rentals, day camps, etc. It will probably be able to accommodate 50 people.

Enhancing the picnic area, Removing the current amphitheater, adding a splash area, children water play area.

New play equipment will be moved from the front of the park to the back of the park for safety reasons.

On the east side of the park, as part of new structures, will be a new and enhanced picnic area, with paved structure, a new play area, climbing wall. In the back of the park will be 2 new basketball courts.

Steve Munzel, commission chair, commented that when the picnic areas are redone, "this is a great chance to get it right." Because what the city has been doing until now is putting 100 gallon trash containers within 3-4 feet of every picnic table. "It's not only unhygienic, it's also a very tacky thing to do."

Munzel thinks that Milpitas can do what other communities have done by making a more central location.

Another commissioner questioned about a recycling program, separating glass, aluminum, and plastic from the trash into separate containers. Munzel said that would be practical in a central location, rather than having 4 or 5 containers by every picnic table.
Greiner said that they could certainly look into all of those suggestions.

The plan includes constructing an entry plaza.

"Our goal is to make this more of our community park, so when you come you're going to have a beautiful entry with an art piece and a water feature. A trellis, very calming, very open to the public. You'll see it right from Kennedy" Greiner said.

The parking stays basically the same. "And then you have this nice walkway spine into your community structure" that leads to the new renovated picnic area Greiner explained.

New amphitheater. Moved into the corner, away from the homes, so the sound is coming towards the middle of the park and the softball field. This is adjacent to where the old play equipment was. So this is basically just empty space that they're filling.

They are proposing a depressed theater so they can have all of their special interest groups there, summer concert series, movies night. Anyone that uses any type of theater can go. Seating proposed for 350 people. Hope to design it so the overflow can go into the softball field, filling with grassy area with lawn seating. Behind the amphitheater will be a berm, or elevated mound of earth or other material, for spectators.

Currently, on the east side of the park there is no restroom, so the designers are proposing one. So, in theory, the City will be able to rent each side of the park independently, "and therefore serve more of the community" Greiner said.

City is looking at different ideas for amphitheater design, leaning towards grass mixed with structured seating.

The park will be built in phases as funding is secured.

First phase will take care of ADA needs, health and safety issues, "everything that we can do to make this park safe and playable" Greiner said.

During this phase they will remove play area and amphitheater, move to back, and enhance picnic area.

There will be 2 play structures in the back of the park. One for children ages 2 - 5 years, and the other for children 5 - 12 years.

Other tasks during the first phase include cement work, lighting, and security.

Phase 2 will expand into the walking area spine, the entry, the community building, and start working on the connection to the back of the sports center as well.

Phase 3 is the entire east side of the park, which will be the amphitheater, add the restroom, add the new picnic area, and the basketball courts.

One side of the park will always be functioning as the other side is under construction.

The acreage will stay the same, parking will be increased by a few spots. The horseshoes will stay the same. The picnic area will increase. Benches, seating, and tables increase. Play areas and basketball courts are doubling. Adding a restroom, and an amphitheater.

The goal was to make the mostly unused space of the park "as programmable as we can, but also to make it a drop-in park and your community park" said Greiner.

Greiner needs to present the plan before city council. The project managers would like to begin Phase 1 construction in the spring, and have it completed by the summer. They have funding for Phase 1. Phases 2 and 3 will be determined with the help of the engineering, finance department, and city council.

Munzel said the softball field currently has cyclone fencing, and thought they should resist cyclone fencing. Greiner said they have a plan to remove the cyclone fencing so they can use the outfield for overflow.

Currently many picnic tables are in the sun, and shade structures are planned.

Staff will look into placing distance markings on the walking trail so people can keep track of their walking mileage.

There will be places for parents to sit in the shade and watch their children on both the water spray park and play areas.

A water spray area at Cardoza Park had been tried before unsuccessfully. The new water area will work, be useful and fun, Greiner said.

The new amphitheater is projected to create revenue for the city. It is up to the city to come up with the formula, answering questions such as do they charge the same for the stage at the community center.

Cardoza Park is the highest used rental park, and the amphitheater would be available for rental as well.

The commission favorably received the report from staff.

Movies in the park

Movies in park will be Thursdays, 8:30 p.m., in the Civic center plaza by the flags.

Watch Madagascar 2 on Thursday, August 13, and Bolt on Thursday, August 20. Both are animated movies, really comedy for all ages, as much as animations now are.

Sports Center Supervisor Aaron Bueno wonders if kids will even get all the jokes.

Youth Sports Grant

Bueno reported that funding for the next year has been reduced to $4000.

Team applications are $1000 granted, and individuals are $500. There will be 2 at the next meeting already, one individual, one team. "You can grant as much as you like, however much you'd like" up to $1000. So if 4 teams come along, that's all we've served. That will be up the commission in their discussion.

Other opportunities for grants may become available through collaboration the Milpitas Parks and Recreation Foundation.

Senior Center

The City does have the money to complete the senior center, currently on time an on budget.

Historical Society Picnic

The Milpitas historical Society will be having their annual picnic on Saturday near the end of the month.

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