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Design of Park Project focus of workshop

The East Side Regional Park and Groundwater Replenishment Project integrates groundwater recharge basins with regional park facilities at the 248-acre complex, located north of Highway 198 between the large, dual-tower pole electrical lines and Road 152. The public is encouraged to attend each of the Community Workshops to fully participate in the park design process.

Workshops #1 and #2, held Feb. 11 and 12, were designed to engage the participants to determine the community’s recreational needs and amenities for the park and which uses/activities have the highest priority. A design charrette format will be used in Workshop #3 that will allow the participants to further define the scope of the project and to “brainstorm” design concepts or alternatives for the park. Site uses and amenities will be located on the site to help determine their location within the park. Community Workshop #4 will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 in San Joaquin Room C&D at the Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave. Workshop #4 will present two alternatives which will be reviewed and evaluated by the participants to determine which alternative, solution or options for the park should be developed into the final park master plan.

The development of the regional park is anticipated to be conducted in phases, timed and controlled by when funding is secured, similar to how Riverway Sports Park was built. Funding may come from many sources, including park impact fees, grants, special General Fund monies earmarked by the Council, debt financing, or other funding sources. The Parks and Recreation Commission, Environmental Committee, and Waterways and Trails Committee will be involved in the project master planning. The City Council appointed a 13-member Park Master Planning Task Force to guide the process. The planning effort includes community workshops and citizen outreach to solicit the community’s vision for the future park site.

For more information on the project, go to the City’s website at www.visalia.city or contact Doug Damko at ddamko@ci.visalia.ca.us.

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