Mountain View Voice

News - April 1, 2011

Meeting will focus on Rengstorff Park renovations

Park users and others interested in the future design of Rengstorff Park are invited to comment at a public meeting with park planners on Friday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave.

Community members and planners will discuss new designs for the park based on previous community outreach sessions, and on uses for Rock Church, located across the street from the senior center.

"This is the next step to see the functionality of the park, and to see what the community wants," said Kimberley Castro, a youth resources manager for the city.

Spanish, Russian and Mandarin interpreters will be on-site to accommodate non-English speakers. Child care will be available at the meeting and high school students looking for community service hours can earn two by attending.

The master plan, which was initiated by Public Works Director Michael Fuller and city Project Planner Stephanie Williams, is about one year into the process of determining a plan for updating the old facilities at the park used by thousands of Mountain View citizens. So far, the plan has four scenarios, or blueprints, that are the result of past community meetings and an assessment of the park's condition, according to a master plan report.

Each scenario is a combination of factors that reach a different outcome of how the park will be renovated. Some of them plan for massive landscaping, like moving the tennis courts and building an indoor gym, while another focuses on just increasing the amount of parking.

Rock Church, purchased by the city in 2009, still needs a long-term purpose. There are no interim uses for the church yet, but depending on the community reaction, could be used for social services, a new teen center or an expansion of the senior center.

The Master Plan is currently in the fifth of a nine-step process mapped out by the city-contracted architect, Anderson Brule Architects. The planning process will go until September, when the final draft of the master plan will be reviewed by the City Council for implementation.

—Peter Maxwell

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