|PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
April 28, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
Brentwood, CA 94513
CALL TO ORDER: Chairperson Tom Jones called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
ROLL CALL: Present: Chairperson Tom Jones and Commissioners Lanny Brown, Jan Melloni, and Sandra Myers. Vice Chairperson Ernie Rodrigues was an excused absence. Staff members present were Tammy Homan, Administrative Secretary; Ken DeSilva, Park Services Manager; Mac Kaiser, Recreation Services Supervisor; Janet Hansen, Park Planner; Lynn Spatz, Park Planning Technician; Poldina Scherff, Recreation Services Manager and Sue Barry, Recreation Services Supervisor.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Pledge was recited by all.
A. Recognition of major sponsors of Sunset Park Athletic Complex Grand Opening
Chairperson said he was delighted to see the representation of people who were so helpful in the opening of the Sunset Park Athletic Complex. He then passed out an official commendation from the Commission. Business and sponsors recognized were East Diablo Youth Soccer League, Brentwood Pony Baseball, Brentwood Explorer Post 415, 80 Volts “Divas”, and Bay Area Vending Company. Chairperson Jones thanked all of those for their great contribution to the event. Those that were not present to receive their certificates will receive them by mail.
B. 2005 Spring to Life Fun Run (M. Kaiser)
Mac Kaiser, Recreation Services Supervisor announced the 8th Annual Spring to Life Family Fun Run, Bike and Health Expo. It will be held Saturday, April 30, 2005. The 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m., the bike ride at 9 a.m. and the one mile run/walk at 9:30 a.m. This year he was pleased to announce at least 25 local sponsors and health care providers will be at the Health Expo. There are 100 volunteers lined up to help and he also invited the Commissioners to come out also to help with the race. Commissioner Melloni will be running the 5K and the other Commissioners agreed to assist. Mr. Kaiser said that the proceeds from the Fun Run will benefit youth and senior programs and activities in the city. He also said that there were approximately 230 plus pre-registered and usually they have 50% pre-registered and 50% the day of the race. Bike helmets have been donated for the bicycle racers. He invited all present to participate in the event. Volunteers need to be present by 7:00 a.m.
C. Proclamation for National Drown Prevention Month-May 1-31, 2005 (P. Scherff)
Ms. Scherff reported that National Drown Prevention Month is the entire month of May and has been proclaimed by the City Council.
Mr. DeSilva, Park Services Manager said that Item #12 on the agenda needed to be pulled as Ms. Burr-Siegel would not be available at this meeting. The item will be moved to the May regular meeting.
Ms. Toni Hay of the Mom’s Club of Brentwood “Crusade for Shade” reported on the recent garage sale and asked if there were any sketches available for the club of the proposed shade elements. Ms. Janet Hansen, Park Planner said that she does have some sketches, but not available in the meeting. She suggested Ms. Hay call and set up an appointment time to come into her office and look at them. Ms. Hay also said that they have a big golf tournament the following day also a fund-raiser for the Crusade for Shade. Chairperson Jones asked where they were at this time in the effort and Ms. Hay said at about $28,000, not counting the golf tournament and the garage sale, plus the reverse draw which will bring in another $5,000. They have also applied for a City Grant. She said the garage sale brought in approximately $4,000, final totals not available as yet. She invited all to play in the golf tournament at Shadow Lake.
1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of March 24, 2005.
2. Accept staff report from Parks Division. (B. Margesson)
3. Accept staff project status report from Recreation Division. (P. Scherff)
4. Accept staff project status report from Facilities Division. (M. Merizon)
5. Accept results of Ellis Audit of the Brentwood Family Aquatics Complex. (M. Kaiser)
6. Accept goals for the next year for the Brentwood Senior Club. (M. Kaiser)
7. Accept update on working with Jim Townsend of East Bay Regional Parks District regarding coordination of trails.(K. DeSilva).
8. Approve field closure policy. (P. Scherff/K. Salisbury)
Commissioner Brown moved the acceptance of the Consent Calendar, motion seconded by Commissioner Myers, motion carried unanimously.
9. DISCUSSION ITEM Consideration of use of BMX bicycles at the Brentwood Skate Park. (P. Scherff)
Ms. Scherff, Recreation Services Manager introduced Steve Mattson. Mr. Mattson had previously done a presentation to the City Council approximately two weeks prior and had been directed by the City Council to come back to the Parks and Recreation Commission for consideration of his proposal. Mr. Mattson is a student at Liberty High School and presented his reasons why he believed BMX bicycles should be allowed at the Brentwood Skate Park. He said that the most common misconception is that BMX bikes damage the skate park structure, he said that bikes are just as maneuverable as skate boards, are just as safe and do as little or less damage to the skate parks. He said if the skate park is designed properly it should be able to withstand both types of grinds. He said that BMX bikes have been riding skate parks since the first skate parks were built in California. He cited the Lakewood Park, built in the 1970’s and even prior to that time. He said that across the United States there are seven million BMX riders and it is growing. He said that is a lot of bikers for the few parks that do allow BMX bikes into them at the present time. He felt that due to this much interest cities should provide recreational facilities for these bikers. He said it is a rapid growing sport and more popular than any other sport that does not have a facility provided. He feels they should belong in the skate park as much as the skate boarders and roller bladers. He felt if all followed the rules posted in all skate parks no problems should result. He suggested the possibility of separate days for skate boarders, roller bladers and BMX riders. Mr. Mattson said that BMX is good exercise and will help young people to get the exercise they need to stay healthy and avoid obesity. He said that BMX riding is an engaging, exciting recreational activity that leaves no room for gangs or drugs. Mr. Mattson feels the Brentwood Skate Park could easily accommodate the BMX riders as well as the roller bladers and skate board riders without any further changes or accommodations. National competitions for all three sports are held on the same courses, just using separate times to conduct the competitions. Mr. Mattson cited sources in California covering this sport and brought them along for the Commissioners perusal. He felt BMX riders have been treated as criminals for the past year in Brentwood and he asked the Commissioners to take BMX riders off the street and allow them to ride in the skate park. Brentwood is a “Bike Friendly Community” according to signs about the city and he challenged the Commissioners to include BMX in this category. He presented a petition with 300 people’s signatures that believe that BMX should be allowed, these include signatures, names and phone numbers. Mr. Mattson was thanked for his excellent and well researched presentation. Chairperson Jones commented that there has been some discussion on this issue and that they and staff need to look into the feasibility and liability insurance concerns. He said if the Commissioners concur, he would like staff to meet with Mr. Mattson and look into the matter. He said they would be happy to accept the signatures on the petition. Commissioner Myers asked about the fact that some BMX parks are dirt, and she wondered if there are communities where facilities such as the Brentwood skate park where skate boarders and BMX bikes are used in the same facility. Mr. DeSilva said yes, that some are the dirt trails such as seen in other communities and then others such as Antioch BMX riders do use the same type of facility. Mr. DeSilva said that staff will have to research the issue and find out about the physical conditions, whether it is safe, etc. At this point Ms. Scherff gave a brief history of how the skate park started to evolve. She said that in all of the meetings with skate boarders and roller bladers leading up to the building of the park, there was little if any interest displayed by the BMX riders. It was not physically designed for any other than those two above mentioned sports. She said the velocity and weight of the bike is more than that of a normal skater, these items need to be taken into consideration. She then quoted the California Health and Safety Code which protects the City. The legislation does not include bikers. This could then become a liability issue for the City. Risk Management that covers Brentwood as well as four other cities covers this skate park design for roller bladers and skate boarding. Mr. DeSilva said that is part of the research that needs to be done by staff to find out if anything has changed since the original design of the structure currently in Brentwood. They would also have to research the insurance coverage that they have with the existing skate park. Chairperson Jones had no answer to Mr. Mattson at this time, but after staff does the research and returns to another meeting with an informed up to date response to his request he will hope to have more information. Commission requested an update at the May meeting on the subject. He was thanked for his presentation and staff will update him and call him if they have further questions. He was asked if he knew of any town in Northern California that does allow BMX bikes, skate boarders and roller bladers on the same park. Mr. Mattson said no, but he would bring a list to the next meeting. He was complimented on his research and Commissioners commended him on his research and presentation since he is presently 15 years of age and a freshman in high school
10. ACTION ITEM Review and approve park and trail concept plan for the Castello Project, Subdivision #8854 by Western Pacific Housing, Inc. (J. Hansen)
Ms. Hansen, Park Planner described the park and gave a brief history under the standard five-acre park size. Copies from the Development Fee Program were distributed to the Commissioners. Ms. Hansen went through this document to explain it and summarize it for the Commissioners. Ms. Hansen then described the Castello property location, and the layout of the park concept being presented at this meeting. Ms. Hanson introduced Georgia Olvera of Westen Pacific and John Nicol of John Nicol & Associates, Inc., landscape architect for the above described project. The project will include a trail from Balfour Road all the way north to Central Boulevard. Ms. Hansen also said that she wanted the Commissioners to keep in mind appropriate names for the parks that they are looking at.
Ms. Olvera presented the location of the park on a map for the Commissioners and then turned the balance of the presentation over to Mr. Nicol. Mr. Nicol described the park concepts for the Commissioners and pointed out the locations of each segment as he proceeded with his presentation. A ranch theme is proposed with split rail type of fence and plantings of lavender and roses, etc. Native oaks and elms are proposed for the trees. Playground equipment is planned to be unique, either in the ranch/farmer or cowboy theme, with approval of the Commission. Commissioners suggested that narrow “elbow” end of park be enhanced with a trellis and park benches. There was discussion as to the situation of the park and trail system and its accessibility. The proposed site is basically located from Balfour/Fairview corner to Central and ends at Catholic Church. Ms. Hansen described how this trail system will ultimately connect with other trails and properties to the west of the property. Commissioner Myers said this park should have a drinking fountain and should have larger shade trees or interim cover, also some shade also over the play area. She looks forward to working with the designer and developer with play equipment. Commissioner Melloni asked to make sure there are mutt mitt stations and garbage cans located with them. She also asked about pathway lighting, Ms. Hansen said typically there is not in this type of park. Commissioner Brown asked about park benches along the trail, he felt this would be a nice option, especially at entrance on north corner. Ms. Hansen asked if the park had a name other than the Castello Property. Ms. Olvera said the project is called Sage Glen and it would have an Italian theme since the people who owned the property were Castellos. Their name will be used within the park, so that is another option in naming the park. Ms. Hansen asked this question so the Commissioners could be thinking of the name they would like to give to the park.
Commissioner Lanny moved to approve the concept plan for the Castello Project, Subdivision #8854 by Western Pacific Housing. Motion seconded by Commissioner Myers, motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Hansen said that the construction documents will be moved forward as soon as possible. She also asked which Commissioners would like to be assigned to work with the designers on the park. After a short discussion, it was decided that Commissioners Jones and Myers would be assigned to the park.
11. ACTION ITEM Project overview and review and approve park concept plan for Marseilles project, Subdivision #8729 by Pinn Bros. (J. Hansen)
Ms. Hansen presented this project by Pinn Bros. and noted that this is the first project in the city by Pinn Bros. and noted that this is a very large project that has been years in the planning process. The project is located both on north and south side of Central Avenue, west of railroad tracks and east of Griffith Lane, and runs along Marsh Creek. Ms. Hansen directed the Commissioners to the maps and informational layout included in their packets. The project will have a number of different types of housing. The total number of units is 563. There are four actual park sites that the Commissioners reviewed at the meeting. Mr. Dale Garrin of Pinn Brothers Fine Homes, and Mr. Robert Mowat of Robert Mowat Associates were present to present the concept plans for the four parks. The project overall does involve two trails, including the redevelopment and design of a two-stage channel of the trail along Marsh Creek, as well as the trail along the railroad tracks. There will be more discussion of the Marsh Creek Trail as it is quite an intricate project and a number of entities interested in how that is developed.
The Commissioners were presented with two different concept plans on the four park sites. There is an expansion of Central Avenue along with a second bridge over the creek included in the developers plans. There will also be a bridge for a trail connection from William Lyon project. A large number of amenities will be provided by the developer of this project.
Ms. Hansen then described the parks and project. Park #1 has a homeowners and recreation center included in the plan that will be operated by the homeowners association, similar to the Rose Garden Project. She then turned the presentation to Mr. Dale Garrin of Pinn Bros. Family of Fine Homes. Mr. Garrin thanked Ms. Hansen for all of her work with them and appreciated the opportunity to be able to come to the Commission in a timely manner. He said he feels that the concepts for the parks they are presenting for ideas and guidance, hopefully will be beautiful amenities to the communities they are building. Chairperson Jones asked about the timing of the projects. Mr. Garrin utilized the maps in describing the projects and their planned development. Park #1, with the recreational center and apartments is the first planned construction. He went on to explain how the other phases of construction will follow over a period of time, after the infrastructure required by the City is in place, they plan to start building in late 2006-2007. Mr. Garrin then turned the concept plans of the park over to the landscape designer Robert Mowat.
Mr. Mowat began his presentation and gave a broad overview of how they arrived at the park designs they were presenting at the meeting. He asked who takes the minutes and said that they were very helpful to him as he went on-line to review the Commissioners’ previous meetings, shade requirements, Agricultural Advisory Board, and other creative designs that have already been incorporated into other parks. He explained the reasons for breaking the segments into separate parks and also designed by age groups. They then planned the parks age groups around the appropriate housing to fit these needs. This to explain why some parks are for preschoolers, toddlers and then adolescents. He discussed Marsh Creek and working with staff, the Natural Heritage Institute (NHI) and Sarah Beamish who represents both the NHI and the Friends of Marsh Creek and who he noted was present at this meeting. He then presented the two options of each plan, starting with Park #1, Plans A and B. Samples of materials were described and further informational material distributed to the Commissioners. The first park follows a Mediterranean Garden Theme. Park #2 is focused on adolescents and has a lot of special planting for habitat and to protect the ecosystem. Park #3 is geared toward adolescents with a creek and animal theme. Park #4 is designed for toddlers and preschoolers and is farm themed. Mr. Mowat explained that in designing each of these parks they are planned around not only who will be using them, but local habitat and preservation of Marsh Creek. He presented the types of amenities, playground equipment and other planned elements.
Chairperson Jones asked for Mr. Mowat to give a brief comparison of the two proposed plans for each of the parks, indicating the difference in each plan. He emphasized that all play equipment purchased will be customized for theme and attractiveness. He described the water play areas and noted that he understood from reading previous minutes about the water problems and they will work to solve these issues. Commissioner Melloni had questions regarding the Park #1, with recreational center, wondering if there should not be some facilities for older aged children in this park, as well as toddlers and preschool. Mr. Mowat said there is the pool area and elements there for older children; however if they want to do traditional play, then they do have to walk approximately 500 feet. They have not attempted to be “all things to all people” in each park. Further discussion regarding the regarding the plans, some of the Commissioners felt some of the amenities of both Part #1 and Park #2 they liked and discussed incorporating some of these changes into one model. They wondered if they needed to make these decisions at this meeting. Ms. Hansen said they do need to move along especially on Park #1 and suggested that they make these decisions at this meeting. Commissioner Myers asked if there could be a plan incorporating some of Plan A and Plan B and make it a Plan C. She stressed liking the larger water play area in A, but liked the playground on B - she liked larger elements of A, did not like metal roof and would like shade structures on A and put them on B. Commissioner Melloni likes the wood shade better than metal for the roof. It was suggested to move the barbecue area closer to the play area by Commissioner Myers. In other words less grass and more play area with water elements and barbecues and shade. Mr. Mowat will work on these proposed changes. The final consensus was they liked the layout of the picnic area of Plan B and the play area of B and the water element of Plan A. Mr. Mowat also said that when they return with the revised designs if there are still changes that need to be made, they can be done, it will still all be only on paper at that point.
For Park #2, again Mr. Mowat gave the overview of the park with concepts A and B. He explained that the riparian eco-zone is identical on each concept. The arbors and picnic area is also identical on each, the only change is the active play area. He also described the eco-zone, with savannas, oak woodland eco-zone, the stream canyon eco-zone and riparian creek eco-zone and the chaparral (closed to the play area) going from dry to more moist conditions all the same on both plans. He then described and explained the areas of difference in the two plans. There was a lot of discussion of this plan with the Commissioners and Mr. Mowat, the Commissioners particularly liked the boulders and individual play structures on Plan A.
At this point in the presentation Sarah Beamish was recognized. She was present to represent the NHI and Friends of Marsh Creek. She voiced her concern for Marsh Creek and explained what an amazing resource it is in the City o Brentwood, with spawning salmon, river otters, herons and egrets, etc. She felt it is a very important part of the community. She feels it is compromised at this time. She said it is part of the flood control channel, void of any vegetation, and lacks shade. She said that trees cannot be planted in the flood control channel.
She reported that their group has been working with the flood control to
figure out ways to recreate shade and riparian vegetation along the section
of the creek. They have told their group that the only solution is to widen
the creek channel. Most of the land along the creek is already developed and
houses cannot be removed. The Pinn Bros. Marseilles project offers a great
opportunity to expand the channel, since it is the longest section of
undeveloped land adjacent to the creek in the entire City of Brentwood. She
reported on the Master Plan of Brentwood Parks and Recreation, Appendix,
which identified all the places along Marsh Creek to create riparian habitat
and improve Marsh Creek. She says that in the Pinn Bros. tract, the design
recommendations are to increase the stream channel from 150 to 200 feet
wider than it currently is to revegitate the 100 year flood. The new channel
cross section should include a two stage channel in gradual slopes. Parks
should be aligned along the stream the way Creekside Park is. This was
recommended in the Master Plan. When Pinn Bros. first started working on
this, the corridor was only about 30-feet wide altogether. Pinn Bros., the
City of Brentwood and NHI all spoke to Friends of Marsh Creek group. All
have worked together with the city engineer, planning department to expand
this corridor and create a two stage channel. Pinn Bros. set aside a minimum
of 47 feet instead of 30 feet. Also, homes were moved aside that had been
planned at the top corner of the park. Mr. Garrin said they sacrificed 14
lots to accommodate this requirement. She thinks the development is great
and likes the fact that it is highlighting the creek. She however, feels she
has been in the dark lately on the subject and was not aware that the parks
were going to be discussed at this meeting. She reported some confusion on
what is being approved at this meeting, and was concerned that final plans
would be made on these parks before they figure out where the channel is
going to be along the creek. Ms. Beamish wanted further to know if there
will be any flexibility around the design of the parks along the creek that
will allow for the creation of an expanded channel. The volleyball court
area was one of her concerns. Ms. Hansen explained what has been planned to
this time with all of the entities involved. All of the parks are planned
outside of the riparian in the park assigned area. She said there is no
reason not to anchor a park concept at this time because of the channel work
not being completed. Commissioner Melloni voiced concerns over what would
happen if the Commissioners anchor a park concept and the boundaries of the
channel work are changed. Ms. Hansen said that then revisions would be made.
Ms. Hansen said that currently the map has been approved with these proposed
park acreages. Ms. Beamish still had concerns on this issue. At this point
Mr. Garrin of Pinn Bros. spoke to the issue also, saying that the Marsh
Creek riparian value is a Contra Costa County Flood Control facility. It is
located on Contra Costa Flood Control land, that facility is confined to
that ownership. There is a recommendation that was developed as a part of
the master parks plan, that appendix which discussed future thought
processes associated with the development of Marsh Creek. The recommendation
that there be 200 feet, however the other side is gone, house are set right
on the creek, so they have gotten as much as everyone was willing to give on
the other side. It must be within the confined right of way, which is about
120 feet bank to bank on the bridge. This is within the Contra Costa Flood
Control facility. This subject was discussed further with Mr. Garrin and the
Commissioners and Ms. Beamish. Maps were shown to indicate the riparian
flood control area. There will be no recreational structures on the corridor
of the riparian area.
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