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Council votes unanimously to move city park improvements forward 

Designs for city park

Plans for the new play area at the downtown city park.

The plans for the entry plaza include two monuments that will reflect the character and style of the park.

The plans for the entry plaza, where a fountain currently sits, include two monuments that will reflect the character and style of the park.

Improvements include new playground with a merry-go-round, removal of fountain on 12th Street

– At Tuesday night’s Paso Robles City Council meeting, the council unanimously decided to approve a set of proposed designs for improvements to the downtown city park. The plans call for a new playground with areas for older and younger children, a merry-go-round and teeter-totter.

The proposed barbecue area and horseshoe area improvements.

The proposed barbecue area and horseshoe area improvements.

The city was awarded a State of California Housing-Related Parks Program (HRPP) Grant to be used to rehabilitate the ark in the amount of $804,450. In addition to the grant, the city has approximately $686,626 in undesignated redevelopment funds from the 2009 bond sale that may be used for the project. The REC Foundation also raised approximately $80,000 to renovate the playground.

The conditions of the grant provide that the funds must be used no later than June 30, 2016, which provides for a very tight schedule. Potential improvements and rehabilitation projects presented to Council on November 18, 2014 included.

a. Playground renovation
b. Make interior paths ADA-compliant
c. Repair exterior sidewalk
d. Upgrade electrical system
e. Upgrade irrigation system
f. Reforestation
g. Renovate Gazebo
h. Redo fountain area
i. Redo BBQ and horseshoe areas

Playground equipment 2

Some of the new proposed playground equipment.

On February 17, 2015, city council authorized staff to enter into an agreement with SSA Landscape Architects to design the repair and rehabilitation project. SSA Landscape Architects has incorporated all potential rehabilitation projects into the conceptual design.

In the area of of the fountain, the architecture firm is proposing removing the fountain and building a new entry way plaza.

The firm is proposing that the playground be moved away from the existing oak, to lessen maintenance work and increase the safety of the playground. The playground equipment will also be shaded, and American’s with Disabilities Act or ADA compliant.

The park will have a number of ADA compliance improvements. The plan also involves restoring the barbecue and horseshoe areas, putting in a new drinking fountain and repairing any old drinking fountains that are no longer functioning properly.

The council and the public voiced support of the project. Concerns were raised by citizen and Main Street Association President Norma Moye about the potentiality for skateboarders to abuse the new entry way area. Skate breaks — round disks that are installed into raised seating areas — will be used on all newly installed seating areas in the park.

The council unanimously voted to move the plans forward. “It’s about time,” said councilman Fred Strong. The crowd erupted in applause when the votes were cast.

Proposed merry-go-round for new play area.

Proposed merry-go-round for new play area.

 

 

 

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on , Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.

6 Responses to Council votes unanimously to move city park improvements forward

    • Scott Brennan

      Playground is in the same vicinity as now. We have added a new image of the play area. Thank you for the note.

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