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March 15, 2011 > Five-year capital improvement program for parks

Five-year capital improvement program for parks

By Abraham Cruz

The Milpitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission received an overview of the 2011-2016 Parks Capital Improvement Program from City Engineer and Public Works Director Greg Armendariz. The overview included a review of accomplishments, a progress report on work underway and planned park projects.

The Parks Improvement Summary covers five years, from 2011 through 2016. The plan's first year is organized around a budget year, with planned projects undertaken during the subsequent four years. The projects are prioritized, with accessibility improvements ranked highest followed by basic revitalization, with an overall cost of $13.525M. Nine projects have been identified - five targeted for specific park locations, three general park renovations and one new park, Main Street Park, in its nascent planning stages.

Park improvement projects already completed include Cardoza Park's playground which has been improved; many of the city's parks have received walkway improvements to improve accessibility; and exterior renovation of the Alviso Adobe building. On-going plans for 2011 park improvements include $75,000 of expansive renovations and improvements to the Alviso Adobe Park with picnic areas, lighting, walkways, parking and fruit trees and future plans for interior restoration to museum-quality. Also planned for 2011 is $100,000 of basic park improvements and continued discussions about a new $2.85M park on Main Street, scheduled for 2011-13.

The Pinewood Park Picnic Renovation (2012-14, $1.525M), Higuera Adobe Park Picnic and Playground Renovation (2012-14, $1.175M) and Murphy Park Picnic and Playground Renovation (2015-16, $175,000) share similar restoration plans. All three locations are among the city's oldest and most heavily used parks; improvement plans include landscaping, better handicapped accessibility, drainage, lighting and walkway upgrades. Murphy Park's playground construction costs will be programmed into a future budget, estimated at approximately $2M, and to be constructed in 2016-17.

Berryessa Creek Trail, the most expensive project of the CIP Park Projects, is scheduled for 2015-16 at a cost of $7M. It is intended to coincide with the planned Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) expansion into Milpitas as part of the Midtown Plan to create high-density, transit-oriented housing connected to industrial, service and commercial uses.

Coyote Creek Trail is not among the projects. According to Armendariz, trails are more time-consuming to maintain than parks. Coyote Creek Trail is two miles long and has three entrances.

On March 7, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission recommended Council review and approve the CIP Park Improvement Projects.

For more information contact Greg Armendariz at (408) 586-3317.

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