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Meeting on Immigrant House, Stieper Park design

Residents are being asked to weigh in on the design for an unusual new park with a demonstration garden and historic home at 771 North Rengstorff Ave.

On Thursday, March 5, a meeting is set to discuss the recently purchased 1.2 acre parcel, formerly home to the Stieper family. It already has an impressive garden, with beehives and fruit trees, which some community members want to preserve, a change from the typical, more manicured city park. The City Council has also voted to move the historic Immigrant House to the property, which Marina Marinovich and others saved from destruction by a downtown office development in 2012.

Those who have been working to save the Immigrant House, which was built in the late 1800s for migrant workers, want to see it preserved as part of a historic, period-correct display. So far, they have raised over $62,000 to restore it.

As for the park, there has been significant interest in maintaining and adding to the current garden to create a demonstration garden for public education and use. A group has organized to advocate for this idea, including residents Kavita Dave-Coombe and Karen D'souza.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 5 at the Senior Center, located at 266 Escuela Ave.

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Meeting on Immigrant House, Stieper Park design

by Daniel DeBolt / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Mon, Mar 2, 2015, 4:22 pm

Residents are being asked to weigh in on the design for an unusual new park with a demonstration garden and historic home at 771 North Rengstorff Ave.

On Thursday, March 5, a meeting is set to discuss the recently purchased 1.2 acre parcel, formerly home to the Stieper family. It already has an impressive garden, with beehives and fruit trees, which some community members want to preserve, a change from the typical, more manicured city park. The City Council has also voted to move the historic Immigrant House to the property, which Marina Marinovich and others saved from destruction by a downtown office development in 2012.

Those who have been working to save the Immigrant House, which was built in the late 1800s for migrant workers, want to see it preserved as part of a historic, period-correct display. So far, they have raised over $62,000 to restore it.

As for the park, there has been significant interest in maintaining and adding to the current garden to create a demonstration garden for public education and use. A group has organized to advocate for this idea, including residents Kavita Dave-Coombe and Karen D'souza.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 5 at the Senior Center, located at 266 Escuela Ave.

Comments

Stieper Park?
Rengstorff Park
on Mar 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm
Stieper Park?, Rengstorff Park
on Mar 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm

If someone donated land to the city then the park should be named after them but if the city paid for it then do we really give naming rights to the previous owner??


BD
Cuesta Park
on Mar 3, 2015 at 9:29 am
BD, Cuesta Park
on Mar 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

I'm pretty sure Cuesta Park, Rengstorff Park, Castro Park, and others are named after the original landowners.


bkengland
Whisman Station
on Mar 3, 2015 at 11:41 am
bkengland, Whisman Station
on Mar 3, 2015 at 11:41 am

Including an urban or community garden would be a great addition (here and elsewhere in town for that matter!)


Mtn. View Historical Association
Old Mountain View
on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:49 am
Mtn. View Historical Association, Old Mountain View
on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

Most of our city parks are named after the street or school they are next to. "Stieper Park" doesn't have an official name yet, but it won't be called Rengstorff Park, for obvious reasons.

Speaking of Rengstorff Park: The Rengstorff Family never owned Rengstorff Park - the park was built on the last piece of the Castro family's rancho. Until 1961, the historic Castro family house was located near where the park's BBQ area is today. When the park was built in 1959, the city considered naming it Castro Park but the Council voted to name it "Mountain View Recreation Center Park" because it was the first large park built by the city - and the Council wanted the city's - not the Castros - name on it. It was renamed Rengstorff Park in 1970 to correspond with the street name.


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