There's a silver lining to all of the real estate development in Mountain View -- a truckload of park funds paid by developers.
City officials now anticipate having funds for a long list of desired projects, from a $38 million renovation of Rengstorff Park to a new $1.7 million park on the Stieper property at 771 North Rengstorff Ave. The city has accumulated $41 million in various park funds and $30 million more is expected to pour in over the next five years
"I think there is a possibility to do it all, quite frankly," said City Manager Dan Rich in a study session held Tuesday, March 25.
Council members gave their support during the study session for a prioritized list of projects, including a new Community Center in Rengstorff Park, which could be built in the next few years at a cost of $20 million
Residents in areas where there is lack of park space may see new parks soon, with $8 million set aside for acquiring new park space in their neighborhoods along with $2.1 million for a new park in the Whisman area. Parks-deficient neighborhoods include the San Antonio area, noted council member Ronit Bryant, who recalled being "incensed" when park funds from the development of the Crossings were allocated for the Cuesta Annex across town, instead of benefiting the neighborhood.
"We have good chances of getting significant amount of money over next few years," said council member Ronit Bryant. "We need to find balance with the needs of neighborhoods and building something like the Community Center."
Among the projects on the list is a new "Fayette Park" along the Hetch-Hetchy right of way near San Antonio Road. New bathrooms for Landels, Castro and Huff parks are also on the list, along with preliminary work toward extending the Permanente Creek Trail further south.