With the now-defunct idea of synthetic turf out of contention, the San Carlos City Council is ready to sign off on a plan to renovate Crestview Park that includes aspects of previous design proposals and manages to save a beloved redwood tree.
The redwood tree, previously but incorrectly connected to a memorial plaque dedicated to Greg Nannarone, is now slated to remain at the park under the latest plan known as Concept E coming before the City Council Monday night. The concept is an offshoot of several designs and came after the City Council effectively shelved the recommendation to use synthetic rather than natural turf and asked staff to return with some changes.
The fate of the redwood tree was among the key considerations of the previous discussion along with space to accommodate local star gazers.
Parks and Recreation Director Christine Boland said the city was pleasantly surprised that design consultant Callendar Associates was able to keep the tree intact by modifiying the turnaround area for dropping off kids and equipment.
“It actually saves the tree, provides several more parking spaces (in lieu of additional grass for “warm ups”) and is definitely a win-win for the park’s patrons,” Boland wrote in an email to the Daily Journal.
Councilman Ron Collins was also surprised to learn the tree will remain even though he had conceded at a past meeting that it might have to go for the greater good of the park design. He is hopeful the new plan appeases the council and the public.
“This has certainly been microdesigned and had a lot of community input,” he said.
Crestview is a 1.1-acre park located on Crestview Drive north of Brittan Avenue. Many residents during the renovation processes have described its charm as a neighborhood park rather than one that draws from throughout the city like the larger Highlands Park.
The revised concept also keeps the basketball area the same size but uses colorful surfacing and new markings. The rest room will be renovated and a small bleacher or goal storage might be added to the hillside. Staff is also looking for more flat areas and hard surfaces for the local astronomers.
The latest plan was met with enthusiasm with some park neighbors, many who had mainly worried about the installation of synthetic grass.
“We are very pleased that the city has responded to the concerns of the citizens and has come up with a design that preserves Crestview Park for the benefit of all of San Carlos,” said Bob Dehner in an email to the Daily Journal.
Councilman Bob Grassilli will recuse himself from the vote because he lives too close to the park.
If the remaining councilmembers approve the concept, the construction bid will go out and should be awarded in March. Construction will start in April 2014 with completion anticipated that November.
The City Council meets 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at City Hall, 600 Elm St., San Carlos.
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