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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 25

Meeting Date: June 14, 2005

Subject/Title: Approve the concept design for the Veterans element at Veterans Park as recommended by the Park and Recreation Commission.

Prepared by: Janet Hansen, Park Planner

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and approve the concept design for the Veterans element at Veterans Park as recommended by the Park and Recreation Commission.

PREVIOUS ACTION
June 12, 2001, City Council approved a policy regarding the naming/dedication of City facilities.

May 11, 2004, City Council approved recommendations from the Park and Recreation Commission for the naming of new park facilities, including the recommendation to name the 11-acre community park west of the Aquatics Complex, Veterans Park.

BACKGROUND
At the time City Council approved the naming of Veterans Park, the park site had been completely designed and construction was underway. Staff advised both City Council and the Park and Recreation Commission that no specific design elements honoring Veterans had been incorporated into the design or construction of the park.

As discussed at the City Council meeting, staff and Park and Recreation Commissioner Ernie Rodrigues, have worked with Abey Arnold Associates and representatives of the local Veterans groups to develop the enclosed design elements.

The proposed Veterans element consists of the following three independent phases:

• Phase 1, Entry Sign Plan, is located at the entry to the park plaza on the north end of the parking lot. This element includes a memorial of six white granite blocks, one representing each service group, along with their flags, and the United States of America flag flying above. The Opinion of Probable Cost for Phase 1 is $31,400.

• Phase 2, Memorial Plan, is located in the northwest corner of the park site. This element provides a quiet and contemplative area with benches and shade trees in orchard rows reflecting the history of Brentwood. Again the white granite blocks will be incorporated into the design. This area will also provide a space for larger gatherings on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day and other days of remembrance. The Opinion of Probable Cost for Phase 2 is $119,082.

• Phase 3, Circular Planter, is located in the central plaza area, between the play area and the restroom building. The proposed development of this element includes Veterans roses, bronze birds taking flight, and a white granite block with a plaque. The Opinion of Probable Cost for Phase 3 is $20,125.

Phil Abey, of Abey Arnold Associates, Ernie Rodrigues, Vice Chair of the Park and Recreation Commission and representative to the local Veterans groups, and members of the local Veterans groups who participated in the design development of the Veterans element will be in attendance at the City Council meeting to further describe the design intent of this element.

Approval of this concept design will allow the Veterans groups and the Park and Recreation Commission to display the design and begin raising funds for the construction of these elements at the dedication scheduled for the evening of Saturday, July 23, 2005.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no money budgeted for a Veterans element for this CIP project (Project Number 522-5221 – Balfour Road Park Development). At this time, the project is expected to be completed on budget, with no extra contingency. The Opinions of Probable Cost for the three phases of the project is $170,607, which includes a 10% contingency. Approval of the conceptual design will allow the Veterans groups to start fundraising to pay for the Veterans element.

Attachments
Veterans Memorial Concept Plan
Veterans Memorial Opinion of Probable Costs

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