Posted by USA, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm
A city of 70,000 does not need to spend $53 million on one park>
Rengstorff is good as is. The Community Center is a bit dated but is perfectly serviceable.
The real problem is that we have people at city hall who are convinced down to their DNA that their job in life is to build and regulate. They cannot conceive even hypothetically of just leaving something as is. Open spaces like Cuesta Annex just drive them crazy. The $70 million pink castle that replaced the old much smaller city hall is a classic example. The $100,000 for four drawings of the train tracks or the proposed $325,000 for the traffic study are just products of their OCD.
If they really want to do something useful with Rengstorff, they could clean out the late-night gang bangers.
Posted by Gary, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm
Hey...let's hire a consultant for a huge amount of money to do the job that the elected politicians and the city staff are supposed to do. Can't the city do or decide anything without outside help? What do we pay the city for if not planning and development of our city?
Posted by Gary, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm
From my previous comment...the city paid big money for consultants to plan the park improvements. All of the suggestions were rejected. Lots of tax payer money wasted with no results. The city seems to lack vision or political will to make a decision. What does the city council do?
Posted by Frustrated, a resident of the Stierlin Estates neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm
The answer to that is "next to nothing". Oh wait, they try to ban plastic bags, drive-thrus, and smoking in designated areas. They are oh so busy regulating our lives, that putting an end to the crime sprees and gang infestations is not a priority. That's what they do. Oh, that, and spending a ridiculous amount of money on "consultants" that the city could certainly find much better uses for.
Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community, on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm
The park is old, the pool is aging, the C.C. building is aging, not even in to code on ADA. The city staffers are piad to keep the city assets in good working order, we must keep the city up to date, or else it will cost more to repair, and if repair is to much money then replacement is needed. Yes this park has problems, it is well used, busy part of town. The pool needs to be designed for year round use, a nice swim center for both childern and adults, maybe has a place for work-out classes. Places that people will pay to use, C.C. building with classrooms and studios that people can rent by the hour. Meeting spaces that can be rented out, a small performing art center for movie showings, small plays, small concerts, in the back have a outdoor performance bowl. Keep the great lawn, fix up the tennis courts, fix up the BBq areas.