East Hillsdale Park play area Upgrade Project Neighborhood Survey
It has been twenty years since the last play area upgrade was completed for East Hillsdale Park. Back then a small play area for toddlers and an area with a spiral slide was provided. We have estimated that play areas have an average life of about twenty years. The City therefore has budgeted $600,000 of funds to begin the planning process to again upgrade the play space within East Hillsdale Park along with some related enhancements (i.e. benches, picnic area, etc.).
To get us started on the right foot in terms of the design, we would like to obtain input from the neighborhood as to any ideas for the play area space and related enhancements. Twenty years ago, the main input from the neighborhood was to leave the existing play equipment in its current location, add a tot area and spiral slide which we did. At that time, there was concern that relocating the existing play equipment into a more consolidated area(s) would result in a larger open lawn area which may attract usage from outside users or sports groups.
After twenty years, we think we should ask the question again as neighborhoods and opinions may have changed. As you may know West Hillsdale Park includes a play area in basically one location and has a larger open lawn area for free play. The City does not permit out this lawn area to sports groups; however, like our experience in most other parks, the turf area does get drop-in practice use from sports groups, mostly youth from the surrounding neighborhood.
We are also interested in knowing if you have other ideas for the park in terms of park amenities and the park’s design for the future as this may affect the design and location of the play space on which we are about to embark.
Note that some of the older play equipment may not conform to the current safety regulations and may need to be removed from the site. This will be determined at a later date.
Please complete the on-line survey by Monday, February 17, 2020.
We anticipate that we will have compiled the responses from the survey by the end of March 2020. The results will be posted on our website at www.cityofsanmateo.org under the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Improvement Projects link for East Hillsdale Park Play Area improvements.
Once we have evaluated the input from the survey, we will proceed on the first steps for the design phase of the park. This will include development of some Schematic Design Alternatives that will be shared with the neighborhood for their input. We anticipate that this will take place sometime during the summer of 2020.
We look forward to receiving your input so we can begin the design process.
If you have any questions be contact Dennis Frank, Park Planning Administrator at (650)522-7544 or email@example.com.
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