Vacaville City Council considers funding improvements to Trower Park – The Vacaville Reporter

Trower Park is one of six parks in Vacaville whose improvements will be funded by Measure M under the city’s 2022-23 fiscal year budget.

The city council will decide on the allocation of funds at its meeting on Tuesday.

Named for a family who lived near the site in the 1900s, the park is a four-acre property on Holly Lane consisting of a small playground, a tot lot, two picnic areas with grills, a basketball court, and an open grass playground exists.

The council allocated $1.8 million in Measure M funding for Trower Park improvements in 2021, according to a staff report by Parks and Recreation Director Kerry Walker. However, she stressed that as the final designs progressed, $1.8 million was deemed an insufficient amount to accommodate requests from residents near the park.

At the May 24 council meeting, staff presented a proposed master plan and the council instructed staff to amend the plan with changes requested by council members and return to consider the amended plan and additional funds for Measure M.

The changes requested were to explore flat turf in other areas for play, remove the skate area if needed, connect Trower Park to the Rocky Hill Trail and Centennial Hill Park, explore contracts with a third party for volunteerism and donations easier to reduce costs. to create a newly designed playground and additional play elements and to enrich the culture of the park with a clear theme.

The requests would increase the total budget from $1.8 million to $2.5 million, Walker wrote.

After the meeting, the staff worked with Sacramento-based landscape architects Wilson Design Group to incorporate a culture meets nature theme, represented through the use of bright colors and shapes of the play elements, tile and sculptural art, and the use of mystical creatures, not dissimilar to the Great Wonders Playground in Andrews Park. The new play area would include a hill slide, zipline, misty water features, wheelchair-accessible carousel and accessible swings.

“The revised master plan for Trower Park includes vibrant colors and cultural components interwoven with natural play elements that take advantage of the park’s unique topography,” Walker wrote.

Walker wrote that the revised plan would only be achievable with an additional $700,000 to the project budget.

“Denial of the request for additional funding requires the removal of park elements to address the funding shortfall,” she wrote. “For example, if no additional funding is provided, features such as the new water play area, flat lawn area, skate area, dead play area and path lighting would need to be identified so that they could be removed from the plan to remain in the current one Budget.”

In other matters, the council will consider approving the guidelines of the Council District Benefit Program and will present Walker with a proclamation in honor of her resignation as director of Parks and Rec.

The council meets Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 650 Merchant St. The meeting can also be viewed online at Ci.vacaville.ca.us/government/agendas-and-minutes and Youtube.com/user/ will. CityVacaville.

Comments on agenda items can be emailed to City Clerk Michelle Thornbrugh at [email protected] until 4:30 p.m.

Commenters are required to add the agenda item number to the item they are speaking on and written comments are submitted to the Council for consideration before action is taken and are made available for public scrutiny.

Comments are kept as part of the meeting minutes.

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