'The sky is the limit' for Rengstorff Park

Council members held a study session Tuesday to discuss ideas for an upgrade of Rengstorff Park with the intention of making it a "safe and enjoyable" place.

The city is now starting a process that will consider many possibilities for the park, including new vehicle and pedestrian entrances, new infrastructure such as playground and pool facilities, and possibly closing off a portion of Crisanto Avenue to extend the park northward.

"The sky is the limit" for the park's design, said council member Mike Kasperzak, who added that the city should consider rebuilding the 50-year-old Community Center there, and making it as tall as possible -- four stories tall if need be -- to save open space.

Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga said the lack of air conditioning in the existing Community Center makes it unbearable to use in the summer. Fixing it has been put off due to budget cuts.

Council member Jac Siegel and others expressed support for closing off portions of Crisanto Avenue so the property could be incorporated into the park. The street will have limited access if a proposed grade-separated railroad crossing is built at Rengstorff Avenue, which would run Rengstorff under the railroad tracks.

The council wanted to include in the plan the church property at 263 Escuela Ave. across from the Senior Center, which it purchased for $3.5 million in June. Some members mentioned the possibility of moving the city's Community Center to the property, which is still used by the Rock Church of Mountain View.

"Moving the community center to the Rock Church may be a great idea, but I don't want to wait 20 to 30 years for a (nice) Community Center," said council member Ronit Bryant.


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Posted by Gil Grangier
a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Great idieato revise the park. Check the skate board park in Menlo Park. That would be wonderful for the kids.


Gilberte Grangier

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Nice park! Great things could happen here. Lots of possibility's. Just plan it well and leave room for possible underground parking.

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Posted by Shane
a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 15, 2009 at 8:33 pm

"The sky's the limit" for the parks design??? This is the same guy who wants to cut public safety. Talk about messed up priorities. Proud to say that I did not vote for him.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm

The sky is most certainly not the limit. The budget is. Start by enforcing the law in and around that park right now.

Showboating politicians need to get real jobs.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm

The sky is the limit? Are you kidding me?

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Posted by former mv resident
a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2009 at 12:38 am

The back yard of my most recent home in MV backed up to the Rock Church. Has the city even considered the families who live on Lauella Ct.?? (off of Villa) No matter what they do with that property, it's going to negatively affect those homeowners/renters. But since it's only a handful of houses, the city prob. doesn't even care. I agree with Old Ben; start enforcing the law in and around the park right now! Lots of gambling going on in broad daylight; I wouldn't even THINK about letting my girls walk to the pool. It's definitely NOT safe. Expanding the park onto Crisanto Ave. is prob. a good idea, because at least that would eliminate the left turn from Rengstorff (onto Crisanto). Oncoming traffic is clueless as to the traffic rules at that particular location.......but that's a different topic; I digress!

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

"The sky is the limit", just the phrase a taxpayer wants to hear. Wasn't there a multple stabbing incident at this center just a week or so ago? This sky high pile of taxpayer money would better spent on more police officers.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

USA is a registered user.

Wow… where to being with this one … Hmmm...

* 'The sky is the limit' - I just filed my final state and federal taxes last night. I don't need to comment on this, but if I did it would also apply to the horse you rode in on.

* The city cannot even afford AC for the current building but is looking to build a whole new building that is as much as four stories? See the prior non-comment about the horse.

* Closing off a street in an urban area can create a nice pedestrian area, but in a suburban area it would just make the park 20 feet wider on one side. Is it worth that?

* The park in and of itself is nice and safe. It is the people that inhabit it that cause problems. If you want to curb the stabbings, shooting, drive-bys, assaults, and drug sales in and around the park, you need to enforce the law.

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Posted by PARENT
a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2009 at 1:49 am

Private, safe Water Park for the kids, designed to keep onlookers OUT.
Duck Pond that travels throughout the park
Water Fountains everywhere
BBQ picnic area
Dog Park
Volleyball courts

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Posted by CC
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm

There is too much traffic for Rengstorff Ave.

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Posted by BigPapa
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Oct 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

Wahooooo! Pop them champagnes! The sky's the limit! Gold bullions for everyone! Heck take two for the road. Yes siree, the sky's the limit. Wahooo!

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Posted by A view from the sky
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Is this guy going to vote to cut city employee jobs this next year so he can create this dream park of his? Where is the city hiding all this money? I thought the city manager said we are in a financial crisis?

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