At the regular June 2 meeting, the board approved the ranking of projects to be covered by the Proposition 68 per capita grant, which it will receive sometime next year. The city receives $ 187,441 on two conditions – it must be 20% of that amount in cash or labor, and the money cannot be used for maintenance purposes, only for the creation of new recreational facilities.
Parks and Landscape Manager Bill Engelman said he discussed three projects with the Discovery Bay Parks and Recreation Committee before joining the board and recommended approving them for the grant application due by the end of the year.
“Cornell Park will get a completely new basketball court with benches and benches,” said Engelman. “Second, the convenience of the barbecue area, such as tables and prep tables, and thirdly, new uniform benches, garbage and recycling bins need to be replaced throughout the park. Those are the goals that fit into the budget and that is our ranking based on the actions of the board of directors. “
Engelman also said the city plans to meet its goal of raising $ 37,488 – the 20% required – through work. Anything it can’t raise through work will be used in cash from Zone 8 funds for the project.
“We chose Cornell Park because it is our oldest park and the most urgent need to update,” Engelman said. “The selected areas will give us our best value in terms of current park use.”
Engelman joined the team at Discovery Bay in 2019 and was selected for his experience in landscaping and architecture. He is currently on a project to redesign the landscaping of the city’s public areas, starting with Discovery Bay Boulevard. At the beginning of the year, a large part of the old vegetation was removed and new drought-friendly accents were set. He’s also created a test area at the intersection of Point of Timber and Poe Drive to see what his new landscape design would look like.
“We can’t do the whole city like this for cost reasons, but we’re targeting areas like the boulevard to bring in some of these concepts,” he said. “The median on Discovery Bay Boulevard has turf, and it should stay dry for the next fiscal year. . . New laws state that you cannot have an irrigated lawn on an island unless it is used for recreational purposes. “
In March, the city also applied for a competitive grant to create a new, linear park along Clipper Drive. The city went through an extensive process of gathering public input and hosted virtual town halls to see what people would like to have in a new park. Grant requirements prevented use in parks like Cornell or Slifer, but the unused communal areas along the south side of Clipper Drive between Windward Point and Cove Place met the criteria perfectly.
“We’ll find out more about it in August,” Engelman said. “If we get it, that would be very exciting.”