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Tobin James is donating new park to Paso Robles 

Paso Robles resident donating park

“Paso has been good to me and I’m giving back,” says Tobin James

The City of Paso Robles is preparing to take ownership of a long-empty lot at the corner of 18th and Spring, which will soon be transformed into a neighborhood park and plaza.

Tobin James, an owner of Tobin James Cellars, purchased the empty lot in 2017 with the idea of turning it into a small park for the community to enjoy.

“Paso has been good to me. My kids were born and raised here. I love this town and I wanted to give back a bit. A park seemed like a great way to do that.” says James.

The empty lot, located adjacent to the under-construction Paso Market Walk, was the home of Rose’s Chevron for 50+ years and has spent the last few years earning a clean bill of health from the Regional Water Quality Safety Board as a result of stringent cleanup efforts on the part of Chevron. The very last of the monitoring wells were removed in early November, so construction can begin as soon as the park designs are approved by City Council.

The city is working on an agreement to take ownership once the park construction is complete. Since the park is a private project that will become a public park, the project will follow a hybrid approval process that combines both private and public processes and will likely take 3-6 months to complete. It is anticipated that the park will be ready for the City to take ownership by late 2020, weather and contractor schedules permitting.

The first step of the approval process was a public open house to view the park designs, which took place on Thursday, from 3-5 p.m. at the park site, 1745 Spring Street, Paso Robles, CA. All residents within 500 feet of the park site received door hanger notices about the event, and the public was invited to view the plans.

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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.