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Council OKs master plan for Rengstorff Park

A plan to guide the redevelopment of Rengstorff Park was approved by the City Council March 4, and it includes a remodeled community center and aquatics center that officials hope to be able to fund soon.

The plans didn't garner the same enthusiasm as the "place-making" discussion for San Antonio shopping center later that night, but there were no negative reactions to the plan, unlike the results of a 2011 effort. That was when council members balked at four different plans to transform the park significantly, with costs running as high as $139.6 million

"Given the cost it seemed like it would never happen," said council member Margaret Abe-Koga. "I appreciate this, it seems more practical."

The costliest parts of the plan appear to be expanding and remodeling the community center, at a cost of around $20 million, and renovating the aquatics center. The total for the aquatics center came in at around $8 million, with new $3.4 million pools including a new eight-lane, 25-meter pool to allow for increased lap swimming. The existing buildings were built in 1961 and 1959, respectively.

The plan is the result of a community input process that began in 2010 which found there was strong support for better lighting in the park to create feeling of safety at night, and for new features like a fountain, which was not apparent in the presentation of the approved plan.

The plan aims to preserve the park's trees and open spaces, reconfigured and expanded parking lots, better paths to surrounding homes and includes the creation of the city's new teen center in a former church across the street from the park on Escuela Avenue, now funded and underway. There are also plans for new bathrooms, a new maintenance building and tennis court storage shed.

City staff noted that there is $22 million in park land funds available for such a project, though their use on Rengstorff Park would mean fewer funds for acquiring new park space in neighborhoods that are deficient in park space.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I am so glad that the renovation is approved at last! The Park and Community Center are used very heavily and the facilities deserve to be upgraded. I live in the area and often take walks to watch the children, soccer games and I get to pet dogs!


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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Hmmm. Wonder where we'll find the extra funding for this. How 'bout Google? They sure do fund alot of projects around town.
Are they A) greasing city staff in return for favors? Or B) being extorted by city staff in return for concessions? Or C) just genuinely concerned for the well being of their host city? It must be 'C'. Isn't that the approach most large corporations take?
Coming soon: "Google Park and Aquatic Center at Rengstorff"


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Posted by Ann Schneider
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Mar 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Oaktree Commons

As a former competitive swimmer, why a 25 meter pool. What is needed to train swimmers and to attract in swim meets with related economic advantages (hotels, restaurants, shopping) you need a 50 meter pool. Rengstorff has the space for a 50 pool that can be either 25 yards or 25 meters in width but 25 yards is more useful for short course training and swim meets. I used to come down from Millbrae to the annual Dolphin Turkey relay meet around Thanksgiving every year. It was one of my favorite meets as it was an all relay event. Leter we also came down for a pentathalon swim meet. Both atracted swimmers from all over due to the types of meets.

Mtn. View does not have a 50 meter pool making it harder to attract serious swimmers.

With all the money pouring in at San Antonio, the City should play fair to all of us who live at this end of Millbrae and give us a decent pool that will serve the needs of all and help us get on the map like Santa Clara Swim Center did for Santa Clara.


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Posted by Andrea Gemmet
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Mar 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

The following comment is from a duplicate thread, which has now been closed:

One day the facilities will have to be placed, age and wear. Of course remodeling is good for the being. Recreational and space for groups is important, putting in a community lounge, with snack bar and a farmers market. Tables for chess, games and evening free movies. How about a ice rink. More people using the park, will help keep the busy.
by Garrett83 Mar 17, 2014 at 12:10 pm


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Posted by Steven A.
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Okay, but renovating Rengstorff Park comes at the expense of other areas without any parks. How is that fair?


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Posted by John
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

This is not good news for the "Poor" (Compared to Google employees of course) folks living in that area. Little by little you can see Mt. view being transformed into Google Land. Money still talks and residents will soon walk. Progress is great but Google is looking more and more heartless. They began last year with their surrounding eatery businesses. The city sees $$$$$$$ and reacts first, then thinks.

Just my opinion


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