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Council OKs Rengstorff community center design

Original post made on Mar 25, 2015

After years of delays and scaled-back plans to improve Mountain View's community center at Rengstorff Park, the City Council on Tuesday approved a design that would renovate the 50-year-old building and expand the facility deeper into the park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 11:36 AM

Comments (18)

Posted by Steve
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:58 am

Glad to have the building renovated but with open space at such a premium in Mountain View, not sure converting park space into a Social Hall is really beneficial.

Posted by happy
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 25, 2015 at 2:29 pm

I am very glad it's being renovated. I think the general condition it's in deters people from wanting to go there. It would also be great if it offered more activities like Sunnyvale does.

Posted by Maria
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Mar 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Thank Goodness.
Hopefully this includes the bathrooms by the swings.

Posted by Jim
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Mar 25, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I agree that the restrooms near the swings BADLY need an upgrade. Their current condition is apalling.

Posted by Susanne
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 25, 2015 at 4:38 pm

What about the pool area. Its so bad and very dangerous in the changing room and needs a complete overhaul. Go see for yourself. One long bench to change in front of or sit on. Seven showers and classes of 25 to 50 and 15 minutes to shower and dress after swimming. Way to many falls on slippery floors. It needs to be boomed and rebuilt from top to bottom. Please

Posted by How about
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 25, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Someone put up a donation box for this, and see how much will be collected. Probably not much.

Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Mar 25, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Or we could empty your wallet and use that to help finance the project, Monta Loma.

Posted by Free upgrade
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 25, 2015 at 10:51 pm

It is great that we are getting a new community Center! But where did this money come from? Oh! I see! We looted the Park Fees collected to buy parks in other parts of the city, mostly from old mountain view. We are badly in need of park space.
Buildings could be funded many ways. Buildings could be built most any place.

Council and PRC stole park fee money which we agreed to collect so we could get new parks, and built new office space for JP and his staff. We have been ripped off.
We lost existing park space, and allowed money for new parks to be diverted.

Staff can do what ever they want. It is their city not ours.

Posted by share the wealth
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm

17 million buys quite a bit when you already own the land. Who is in charge of spending and how do we get to bid(gouge) the public coffer? It appears the wrong people are in charge.

Posted by MV Parks
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

Neighboring cities Los Altos, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale all have superior parks to Mountain View.

Neighboring cities Los Altos, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale all have superior adult recreation and enrichment programs to Mountain View.

Can someone please explain why?

Posted by @MV park
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Can you explain in detail how their parks are superior?

Posted by Park lover
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm

I think Cuesta is pretty nice, but it is nothing compared to the beautiful parks in Sunnyvale full of people having a great time.

I did read that Mountain View won an award for being the most "water wise" with our parks in the entire state! I'm sure some city employees will get medals for applying to get this award, but what about the residents who want to go out and enjoy beautiful,green recreation areas? Where are they getting represented?

And wow...have you seen some of the parks in Los Altos? Gigantic mature trees.. peaceful and gorgeous. Or what about the park in Palo Alto that has a fishing pond and camping?!

It just seems that Mountain View is only interested in building economical, low maintenance areas that maximize revenue streams. Sure, spend the money on expanding a community center so it can be rented out for more expensive events. Look, fiscal responsibility is important, but is our city really that broke compared to our neighbors?

Posted by resident & park user
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Let me see, where do Los Altos kids go when they want swim lessons (oh yes, their country club pool - no city rec pool). Where do they go when they want a sailing lake (with wind, Palo Alto), let me see - shoreline Los Altos? I guess there is a Palo Alto muni golf course also (Los Altos - just go to your county club man). The City Council represents me. I'm glad they live within OUR MEANS. We did not want extra Bond Taxes (for outrageous beauty), so we get functionally nice parks. We would have had a +$100 M park, if voters had shown they were going to support +$200 M of principal + interest. Not that much "interest" I guess.
It's not a Tea Party - cause it's not Taxation without Representation

Posted by Love it
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 28, 2015 at 1:39 am

"functionally nice parks"

What drivel.

This city is getting so pathetic and the apologists within it bring us all down.

Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

Not alk recreation takes place on the lawn or the playground. Sometimes the need for reasonable space for classes, clubs or events. Not everyone can afford a country club, hotel or a restaurant/banquet room.

Posted by Park
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Mar 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

Please, don't remove the heritage trees! These ginkgo trees are so beautiful and so rare...

Posted by Greg Perry
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm

The last line of the article is the key information.

The twelve million dollars in park fees is money that was collected to provide park space for residents of new housing developments.

So, instead of adding new parks to accomodate the new residents, we are spending twelve million dollars to make the park smaller.

Moreover, this action violates explicit city policies that the top priority for parks funds should be to acquire new park land, and that the highest priority for new park space should be those planning areas that have the lowest amount of park space per capita.

Posted by Joanne
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jun 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm

I am completely against this expansion plan. I live next to the park and spend quite a lot of time there. If the City truly has its residents and community at heart they would understand that the open space in this park is precious, valued and every inch is used. The people who use this park live in the neighborhood which is predominantly condos and apartments - we rely on every inch of this open outdoor area park to stretch our legs, play field games, walk the dog, play soccer. The very last thing this neighborhood needs is a 6,700 square foot social hall taking away a significant portion of this precious green space.

Personally I will never be able to leave my driveway as Rengstorff is already completely backed up in the stretch between California and Central on any given day or time. The existing community center is also way too close to the surrounding residences for the noise and added traffic not to become more of a nuisance with the proposed expansion. Holding 250 seat events will make living next door or across the street unbearable. The neighborhood does not have the capacity, nor does the street.

The intersection at Central and Rengstorff is also very poorly engineered and dangerous, and the recent changes completely ineffective. I would rather see the City funnel this money into making the intersection at Rengstoff and Central safe, and save critical injuries. I cannot believe the City would even consider adding public street traffic to the current mess.

Lastly, I have lived in Mountain View for 16 years and what made MV charming and differentiated it from the rest of the urban sprawl were the quaint greenbelts and plots of land that dotted the city giving it a unique rural feel in the middle of SVC. Now these are almost completely gone in the name of "progress" It saddens me deeply that the City has seemed to have lost site of what made MV special and now wants to take away green park space. What is next?

This proposal is unneeded and ill conceived for the neighborhood and current street conditions. I implore the City to not pass this initiative. Keep what little is left of the remaining charm of MV and truly understand what is needed in this neighborhood. Thank you.

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