Sometime in the next few weeks firefighters will burn down the vacant homes on the .6-acre lot for training purposes. Construction will start in late spring 2011 on the park, which will include a butterfly garden, walking paths and a playground. Completion is set for winter 2011.
Mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly, and city staff say a butterfly theme will be carried throughout the park.
"I'm looking forward to the butterflies in this park, the mariposas," said Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga. Mayor Ronit Bryant said the park would be easy to name.
The park's main path will provide a new connection to Mariposa Avenue from the end of Dana Street. Several existing trees on the site will remain along with several new trees, park benches, a children's water and sand play area, a rose garden, a trellised entry and a playground aimed at kids between 2 and 12 years old.
The park was designed by Robert Mowat Landscape Architects with the input of neighbors in community meetings in March and April. Neighbors opposed a design that many had previously favored that placed the children's play area along the street. The final design places the children's play areas in the middle of the park, with a low fence in front of the park to keep children from running into the street. A walking path was also removed from the rear of the park to enlarge the lawn area.
The project is funded by $1.3 million in park land funds, $68,000 of which will go to Delta Oil Field Services to scrape the site.