Two New Parks in Progress (CT1411)
By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District
Two new neighborhood parks will soon break ground on the newly paved McGregor Drive – running between Capitola and Aptos. The two parks will offer different features, providing unique opportunities for residents of Seacliff and Capitola to enjoy everything from playground equipment and picnic benches to a bike pump track and skate park.
New Capitola Park
Over the years the City has discussed numerous uses for the City owned McGregor Drive property from a hotel to a parking lot. However, recognizing the need for additional youth recreational opportunities in Capitola, the City Council authorized the McGregor property as a multi-use park in November of last year. The uses include a bike pump track, skate park, children’s play area and dog park. Ground was broken in September with completion of the park expected in November.
The plan calls for a 9,500 square foot bike pump track on the north end of the park, a seating area, a 5,000 to 8,000 square foot skateboard park fronting McGregor Drive and a 12,500 square foot dog park located in the rear of the property. Parking for 30 vehicles will be at the southern portion of the lot with a gated entrance. The City has collaborated with local community members and businesses to fund the park elements.
For example, the Monte Foundation has generously committed to donating $50,000 for the construction of the skate park. The Monte Foundation is best known for their annual fireworks show that took place in Capitola on October 11 off of the Capitola Wharf. Funds raised by patrons visiting local restaurants that weekend will be used to fund the skate park. Many other local community members and businesses have helped fund the pump track and dog park.
Sponsorship opportunities still exist for each of the park elements. If you are interested in donating to the park, please contact Lisa Murphy, City of Capitola Administrative Services Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s exciting to have two new parks opening within our area in less than a year. Both of these parks offer significant new recreational opportunities for our community and I encourage you to enjoy these parks when they open!
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please call me at 454-2200 if you have any questions or comments.
By Noel Smith
McGregor Park Progress
The multi-use recreational park at the City-owned McGregor Drive property authorized by the city Council is located near the entrance to New Brighton State Beach. The park is to have three components; a skate park, dog park and bike park.
The plan calls for a 7,000 square foot bike pump track on the north end of the property, a 10,600 square foot skateboard park fronting McGregor Drive and a 9,000 square foot dog park located in the rear of the property with a Kids play: Between the bike park and the skateboarder area. Parking for 30 vehicles will be at the southern portion of the lot with a gated entrance. On Nov. 24 the City authorized $100,000 towards installing the skate park. Funding for completing each area is to come from a combination of private donors, sponsors and possible grant money.
Fireworks Extravaganza Raises $50,000 For Park
After a year’s hiatus, the Monte Foundation under the Directorship of Marc Monte resumed its Fireworks Extravaganza for the 20th time on Saturday, October 11 in Capitola. The move from Seacliff State Beach to Capitola was due to rising costs and a need to change the personality of the event.
As a result of the success of the event the Monte Foundation pledged to donate $50,000 towards the construction for the Skateboard portion of the new park on McGregor Drive Park. “This was our first year in Capitola but people around here have always been generous when it comes to good causes.”
Monte, who owns Deluxe Foods in Aptos and started the Rudolph Monte Foundation 20 years ago promised to return to Capitola in 2015.
By Noel Smith
We last visited with Capitola City Manager, Jaime Goldstein for our March issue and thought it was time to revisit the issues we covered at that time.
Skate Parks in Capitola
The skate park, bicycle pump track, dog park and play area for Capitola’s McGregor Park is being held up by the county due to a soils issue. The site is mostly fill dirt and its chemistry may not meet the requirements for a public park without mitigation. No word yet on when the county will give its permission to continue construction. Further tests are underway but the park will not be ready for use for at least three more months.
New Capitola Branch Library
Capitola City Council Approves Conceptual Renderings
CAPITOLA—The Capitola City Council approved conceptual renderings for the proposed new Capitola Branch Library at the February 11 Council hearing. The renderings offer residents and library users a glimpse of what a new Capitola Library could look like if a regional parcel tax measure planned for November 8 General Election of 2016 is passed by voters.
The current Capitola library is housed in temporary, modular buildings that opened 16 years ago. Although the facility has served the community well, its buildings are in disrepair and are nearing the end of their useful life. The City is committed to replacing this existing 4,320-square-foot temporary structure with a new, minimum 7,000 square-foot modern library at the current Wharf Road site by June 2018.
The conceptual renderings were developed by Pamela Anderson-Brule, a Capitola resident and principal of Anderson-Brule Architects. The renderings were inspired by community input received during an October 2015 public workshop. The renderings depict a library that is nestled on the site of the current library, retaining the tot lot and strong connections to the outdoors.
The conceptual renderings do not, however, represent the final library design, which would be developed once funding is secured and following additional community meetings to refine the exterior appearance and interior programming.
– Jamie Goldstein, Capitola City Manager –