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Officials say Werder Park might not be the best place for an ice rink considering its location and lack of space.
Neither a ferry terminal at the county pier in Foster City nor an ice rink for the land around the pier are ever likely to be a reality for the city's new Werder Park, according to a consultant's report the Parks and Recreation Committee will consider tonight.
The city purchased the land from the county last year and has been asking the public to comment on what it wants to see at both Werder and Destination parks.
An ice rink is inconsistent with the anticipated use for the property as expressed in the purchase agreement with the county, according to a consultant's report.
The land is too environmentally sensitive for high-intensity use and could take years to develop a rink or other similar use, according to the consultant's report.
A ferry terminal is also unlikely as the city does not own the pier adjacent to State Route 92 and the City Council has previously indicated the land was purchased to develop as a park.
The existing pier is also beyond repair and would require replacement and permitting for a new pier and dredging would be "extremely difficult," according to the consultant's report.
Just planning for a ferry terminal could take years while a park could be built in a fraction of the time, according to the consultant's report.
Some on the council, however, would like to see some tax revenue raised from the purchase of the 2.6-acre Werder property.
A solar panel or wind turbine farm are also proposals the committee will consider tonight although the consultant's report by Callander Associates deems the idea is essentially not feasible. Callander Associates specializes in landscape architecture.
A community garden also might not work at either park because of soil conditions, according to the report.
Werder Park now has a picnic area, rest room and parking lot while Destination Park is the triangular-shaped parcel near Halibut Street that was once considered for a fourth elementary school in the city.
Officials with Ice Center of San Mateo, which will close soon at Bridgepointe Shopping Center, have expressed an interest in building a new ice rink at Werder as it is close to its current location.
The city's Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Miller previously told the Daily Journal that an ice rink "would be an awesome facility for Foster City to have" but indicated Werder might not be the best place for an ice rink considering its location and lack of space.
Proposals so far include keeping both parks as open space, adding more picnic tables and benches and interpretive bird and wildlife signage.
Vendor opportunities and the ice rink are proposed just for Werder Park.
The next scheduled public review and input session will be held May 16 when the item will be considered by the Foster City Planning Commission for comment and input before the City Council considers it in September.
The Foster City Parks and Recreation Committee meets 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 620 Foster City Blvd., Foster City.
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