City begins plans for $71 million in park funds


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.


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Posted by hmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

"Rasmussen said he first considered the former Dittmer's site across San Antonio Road, on the ground floor of another large development. He met with a commercial broker about using the site and "nothing became of that meeting," Rasmussen said in an email."

That would of been the best solution in my opinion.

"Rasmussen said he has also considered buying the corner property next door where Oh My Sushi and Savor Mexico Taqueria are located, and using it for parking. But Merlone Geier bought the property instead, presumably to redevelop also"

Evil Developer doing everything in there power to remove the mil pal. I think the developer should not only play for a new place and cost of moving for the Milk Pal, but pay for harassment and emotional stress brought on by the way they are dealing here. They outta be sued.

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

hmm, did you mean to comment on the other story?

About parks: I think it's great we're getting more of them! They are needed to support the additional jobs and residents we are lucky enough to attract to Mountain View. Also, in my opinion the main feature of a park is grass and trees. I'd rather have more acreage of simple parks, than a few parks with lots of other facilities.

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Posted by Crazy
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

$38 million renovation of Rengstorff Park

Really? Do you need to spend 38 million dollars for a nicer place for the gang members to hang out in? Bribe money from the developers. How about letting people enjoy their back yards without having big a** remodel jobs next door looking down on them!

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Posted by Garrett83
a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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Recreation facilities are always needed community centers host events, meetings and classes. Youth programs are a major plus, low cost classroom space, places that adults who share the same interests, or whatever people desire.

Sport, culture or on going education. Don't forget play.

Grass and trains are great, but parks are also recreation.

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Posted by Roode
a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2014 at 8:35 pm

How about donating some of that park funds to the Los Altos School District? All that Mountain View approved increased housing in San Antonio will have kids going into LASD.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

"How about donating some of that park funds to the Los Altos School District?"

Because the Bullis Charter School will just steal those funds for their private-but-on-the-taxpayer-dime school.

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Posted by Garrett83
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

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This is Park ane Rec funds, why should MV hand over money for their residents, yes the city should assist in finding a school site. Mountain View is part of the LASD, but not much land free. Unless you find land inside MV part of the district. You would have to think land inside the MVWSD but I don't how the parents with kids inside that districit would feel?

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Posted by Scott K
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Mar 31, 2014 at 7:45 am

Schools, people, schools. We cannot flood LASD with kids and not help open a new school or two for our own kids who are so much of the new population!

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