Larry Moore Park added to city public park system
City to assume maintenance of park effective July 1, 2016
–At Tuesday’s Paso Robles City Council meeting, the council approved the inclusion of Larry Moore Park into the public park system. The city will take over maintenance on July 1, proceeding with plans to ensure the facility is in proper condition for public use. The motion included directing city staff to implement traffic analysis and develop plans for the renovation of restrooms and playground equipment, as well as formulating a phase one plan for the park to include a lighted youth baseball/softball field and outfield turf area that could double as a youth soccer field.
Larry Moore Park was established in the 1980s when the Riverbank development was approved. Since Riverbank’s initial construction, the city has installed a recreational trail along the Salinas River corridor that has increased community access to Larry Moore Park.
Assistant City Manager Meg Williamson said the park is no longer only accessed via the neighborhood streets, but is also accessible via a public recreational trail system which has increased community use of the park.
The park has not been properly maintained over the past several years due to inadequate funding from the Landscape and Lighting District. The neighborhood has experienced problems with the park due to its disrepair and the use of the park by recreational groups without proper programming.
The city has worked with the neighbors for the past eight months to prepare a conceptual plan for future park enhancements. The city met with residents of the Riverbank neighborhood on Dec. 12, 2015 to exchange ideas for improvements to Larry Moore Park. In Sep. 2015, the city announced its intentions to assume the maintenance of the park and make repairs and improvements.
Williamson said the 2016-17 budget will propose an appropriation of general fund money to renovate the Larry Moore Park restrooms, playground, and general use areas, which is estimated to be $250,000. The future playing field enhancements shown in the draft conceptual plan are estimated to be $1.5 – $1.8 million. These funds could come from a combination of park development impact fees and general fund.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, as well as the Riverbank neighborhood will work on a final park design proposal, funding and timing. A full proposal for park improvements will be brought before the council for consideration and action once a conceptual plan is completed and a funding proposal is assembled.