With Tuesday's approval, construction is now scheduled to commence on the .35-acre Del Medio Park in early 2011. Conceptual plans include an adult fitness area, a play structure and a large grass area. Apartments buildings on the site have already been demolished. City staff report that neighbors have been completely supportive of the conceptual design, which will be completed in detail by the end of the year.
The .6-acre Mariposa Park, which bridges Mariposa Avenue with the end of West Dana Street, has been more controversial, delaying the project. Neighbors initially supported a plan with the play structure at the front of the park along Mariposa, but a growing number of neighbors would like to see the play area trade places with a grassy area in the rear of the park. The Parks and Recreation Commission disagreed as well, all of which has forced the city to recommend that another $25,000 be spent to consider a redesign of the park.
Some neighbors were initially opposed to the demolition of the older homes on the site, which includes two single-family homes, three cottages and a triplex. However, neighbors did not oppose the council's decision to demolish the buildings Tuesday at a cost to the city of $190,000.
Both parks will be funded by park fees paid by housing developers. The design and construction cost of the parks is $1.3 million for Mariposa Park and $1.1 million for Del Medio Park. The city has a longstanding goal of building a mini-park within walking distance of every home in the city.