Wednesday
April
23
2014
4:37 pm
Weather
  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Council seeks new park design concept: Synthetic turf idea dries up at San Carlos’ Crestview Park
July 10, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Synthetic turf is off the table but the San Carlos City Council sent staff back to the drawing board for other aspects of its Crestview Park renovation — in particular, ways to potentially save a memorial redwood tree and add a safe place for stargazing.

The City Council Monday night opted against endorsing the recommended design known as Concept C and instead asked for a new Concept E to consider at the Aug. 26 meeting. The new concept would include enough hardscape surfaces for the astronomers who hold stargazing parties and worry about stumbling in the dark.

Staff will also return with cost estimates for replacing the existing grass field with new natural turf to see if it fits within the $1.7 million project budget and options for a desired roundabout at the park entryway.

As proposed, the roundabout will require removing a redwood tree at which a memorial plaque currently sits. Councilmembers Ron Collins and Karen Clapper said they will each speak with members of the Nannarone family about moving the plaque elsewhere and planting a new tree. The plaque honors Greg Nannarone who died of leukemia at age 16 in 1984.

The reduced number of trees in the park plan was an overall concern for the City Council although much of the focus was on the specific redwood. Although the council, minus Mayor Bob Grassilli who had to recuse himself because he lives too close to the park, prefers to save the tree, Councilman Ron Collins conceded it isn’t a deal breaker.

“If we can’t keep it, I can live with that,” he said, adding separately about a replacement that “the nice thing about redwoods is they grow quickly.”

The council could choose to keep the tree but only if the existing entry and parking configuration remains, said City Manager Jeff Maltbie.

Clapper called the sacrifice of one tree a long-term commitment to a turnabout which will provide more safety to those dropping off and picking up at the park.

Astronomer and longtime resident Ken Lum also asked that the turnabout be made safe for him and other skywatchers, noting that curbs and stones can represent tripping hazards.

Some of the lengthy public comment period included residents with opinions about the original call to use synthetic turf although staff changed its mind before the meeting and now recommends natural grass. At least one speaker worried that reopening the public debate over the Crestview design opens that possibility back up but others said city staff needs more time before deciding on a final blueprint because none of the original concepts A through D were well thought-out.

“We all need to step back, take a deep breath and revisit our concerns,” Susan Blackman said.

Crestview is a 1.1-acre park located on Crestview Drive north of Brittan Avenue. Many residents — often those opposed to synthetic turf — pointed to its charm or describe it as a neighborhood park rather than one that draws from throughout the city like the larger Highlands Park.

The Planning Commission favored 3-1 Concept C which included new playground equipment, nine parking spaces rather than the existing 15 and the addition of five trees. However, the commission split evenly 2-2 over the original synthetic turf recommendation.

michelle@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

 

 

Tags: council, about, crestview, concept, synthetic, staff,


Other stories from today:

New San Carlos city clerk named
Tesla joins Nasdaq-100; replacing Oracle
NTSB: Pilots relied on automatic speed control
 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
What do you think of the Warriors' proposal to move to Mission Bay?

Smart, a better location
Still like the waterfront arena concept
Wish they would stay in Oakland
Anywhere in San Francisco is good
How about the Burlingame waterfront?

 

 
Tabbed Structure - Regular
 
 
 
 
 
 
Police surround Daly City medical building after shooting
DALY CITY — Police officers have surrounded a San Francisco Bay Area medical building after a shoo..
Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
CUPERTINO — Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly di..
Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down
NEW YORK — Facebook’s earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, sur..
South Korea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher
JINDO, South Korea — As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ag..
Michigan man among first in U.S. to get 'bionic eye'
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnose..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County DBA