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Meeting Date: February 12, 2002

Subject/Title: Accept changes to draft Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan and direct staff to move forward with final draft copy.

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Janet Hansen, Park Planner

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

Accept recommended changes in the draft Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan and direct staff to move forward with development of a final draft copy and related environmental work.

City Council held a workshop meeting with the Park and Recreation Commission on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 to discuss the draft Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan. 

As a result of the City Council/Park and Recreation Commission workshop discussion on November 13, 2001, City staff along with RRM Design staff has compiled recommended changes to the draft Park, Trails and Recreation Master Plan. The Park and Recreation Commission considered the recommended changes at the December 20, 2001, Park and Recreation Commission meeting and is recommending City Council approval.

Staff is presenting for your consideration:

· A summary of changes recommended by City Council at the November 13, 2001 workshop
· A revised Figure 8.1.1 Implementation Action Plan Flow Chart that shows how all financial issues rest with the City Council
· A revised Chapter 8 – Implementation that corresponds with the new Figure 8.1.1

City Council acceptance of these changes will direct staff to move forward to develop a final draft copy and complete the necessary environmental work for City Council approval.




NOVEMBER 13, 2001

A City Council workshop was held on Tuesday November 13, 2001 for the City of Brentwood Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan. The workshop was held in the Council Chambers. Attendees of the workshop included Council Members, Park and Recreation Commissioners, the Parks and Recreation Department, and the City Engineer. The RRM Design Group project team included Warren McClung and Nicol Rister. 

The primary focus of the workshop was to allow the City Council Members and the Park and Recreation Commissioners to converse on issues and concerns pertaining to the Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan. A PowerPoint presentation was presented to give a brief overview of the entire document, and to go into specific detail with Section 6, Goals, Objectives and Policies; Section 7, Development Standards; and Section 8, Implementation. The following summery contains the discussion issues and proposed changes as derived by the City Council Members and the Park and Recreation Commissioners. 

Summary of Changes

(Page 55, Goal 2)

v GOAL 2
Preserve non-agricultural open spaces, hillside and farmland viewsheds and natural resources in Brentwood’s Planning Area and between Brentwood and Antioch as part of the amenities of the developing green space network in the City of Brentwood.

(Page 55, Policy 2.1.1)

POLICY 2.1.1
The City should expand the it’s administrative duties of the Parks and Recreation Department to include the operation and management of natural non-agricultural open space and wildlife and habitat related resources within the Community.

(Page 56, Goal 3)

v GOAL 3
Provide opportunities for informal and formal pedestrian oriented interaction in various locations such as parks, downtown, plazas, markets, trails, bikeways and shopping areas that connect to a citywide green space network.

(Page 56, Policy 3.1.2)

POLICY 3.1.2
Encourage concession activities within parks where appropriate to provide for the needs of users as well as to promote economic revenue potential - particularly small business ventures such as small scale vending concessions, farmer’s markets, flea markets, festivals, etc. Establish a set of design reviews and standards for all concession structures and a program of the variety, intensity, monitoring, and locations of potential concession activities that will be provided within the City’s green space network. Ensure a minimal impact on the City’s maintenance costs associated with such activities and the resources they are located within.

(PAGE 60, GOAL 5)

v GOAL 5
Provide a green space network comprising an interconnected system of park trails, connector trails, bikeways, parks, natural open space and greenbelts to ensure non-vehicular non-motorized connections to key destinations around the community (parks, schools, public transportation centers, shopping, downtown, job centers). Include and address connections to regional trails and open space. Ensure that consideration for the needs of all users (i.e. equestrian, cyclist, pedestrian, recreationist) are accommodated where feasible and possible.

*Will replace all non-vehicular with non-motorized.

(PAGE 62, POLICY 5.1.6)

POLICY 5.1.6
Create a Trails and Open Space Advisory Committee, chaired by the open space management/environmental education coordinator a member of the Natural Open Space/Environmental Education/Habitat Conservation program (also see policy 6.1.4). This Advisory Committee would encompass trails and natural open space. This Committee would spearhead the Action Plans (of Section 8) for trail and natural open space resources, and oversee that these efforts enable outside funding mechanisms from state and federal programs. This Committee should work with non-profit, county, state and federal trail and open space related organizations wherever possible to encourage additional funding and support to connect Brentwood’s trail and natural open space resources to those at the county, state and federal level. This Committee should also work in conjunction with the Safety Advisory Committee (see policy 7.1.4).

(Page 64, Policy 6.1.4)

POLICY 6.1.4
Create a Natural Open Space Management/Environmental Education Coordinator position. This position would manage The City will establish, either within the City offices or in conjunction with the State Fish and Game Department, a Natural Open Space/Environmental Education/Habitat Conservation program to manage non-agricultural open spaces (including which could include farm demonstration projects), and promote the restoration of riparian environments of Marsh Creek, the Griffith Property Environmental Learning Center project and all support programs and others around the community. The program should Iinvestigate programs such as the Americorps or other federal programs, local school districts, and other public and private opportunities to create additional salary funding mechanisms.

(Page 64, Policy 6.1.5)

POLICY 6.1.5
Encourage the Trails and Open Space Advisory Committee, chaired by the Open Space Management/Environmental Education Coordinator a member of the Natural Open Space/Environmental Education/Habitat Conservation program (see policy 5.1.6). to promote the restoration of Marsh Creek and initiate a watershed study under state and federal programs and alliances with the EBRPD’s Delta Science Center.

(Page 65, Policy 7.1.4)

POLICY 7.1.4
The City should create Parks and Recreation Commission should establish a Safety Advisory Committee, comprised of citizens, school officials, Parks and Recreation Commission, Parks and Recreation Department staff, City Planning staff, the newly formed Arts Commission, and public safety officials, to review and evaluate innovative methods to achieve safe – yet interesting, stimulating and intriguing – park, trail and recreation facilities. This Committee should work with the Trails and Open Space Advisory Committee to achieve funding and resources for trails (such as TEA funds and the Safe Routes to School Program) and other related opportunities that enhance safe environments for Brentwood residents, particularly children and those with disabilities. This Committee should ensure that Brentwood becomes fully ADA compliant by developing a plan to achieve and maintain ADA standards in the citywide green space network.

(Page 73, 7.1.5. Optional Design Elements)

In addition to the basic design elements described above, the following optional design elements should be considered for inclusion in the design of neighborhood parks:

a. Information kiosks.
b. An exercise/fitness course.
c. Larger group picnic areas with barbeque pits within a larger shade structure area.
d. Water features.
e. Emergency phones.
f. Skate park elements.
g. Public art displays.
h. Open-air amphitheater/outdoor performance or suitable public gathering area.
i. Alternative “play” structures such as bouldering walls and sculptural climbing elements.
j. Naturalized areas that could be used for environmental education, wetlands demonstration projects, community gardens, botanical gardens, arboretums, wildflower/butterfly/native plant gardens, etc. Such areas should be provided with at grade lined post sleeves for mounting removable shade structures for neighborhood events.
k. On-site parking when an adequate amount of street frontage parking is not available.
l. Equestrian amenities, trail access, elements and facilities where feasible and appropriate (through design review), and where funding has been secured.

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