PARK & RECREATION COMMISSION
September 28, 2006
City Council Chambers
734 Third Street
Brentwood, CA 94513
CALL TO ORDER: Chairperson Rodrigues called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
ROLLCALL: Present were Chair Ernie Rodrigues, Vice Chair Sandra Myers, and Commissioners Jan Melloni and Lanny Brown. Commissioner Tom Jones was absent. Staff members present were Ken DeSilva, Landscape/Facilities Manager; Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager; Tammy Homan Administrative Supervisor; Felix Errico, Parks Planner; and Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation.
AGENDA REVIEW: No changes in the agenda
CITIZENS COMMENTS: No citizen comments.
Item # 5 was then discussed by Ms. Scherff, since there are changes in the dates given for this training from that given to the Commissioners in their packets. The new dates now given at the meeting for the mandatory training; are Thursday, October 26, or Wednesday, November 15, 2006. These are dates that are available and the training is mandatory for all Commissioners to attend. She asked for an acknowledgment from the Commissioners as to what date they would be attending. They would like this information to go to Ms. Homan by the end of the week. After some discussion the Commissioners noted the fact that their regular meeting on October 26 would be delayed by one hour until 8:00 p.m. because of this training. All of the Commissioners except for Commissioner Melloni opted for the October 26th date. Commissioner Melloni will attend the November 15, 2006 session. Training will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Ms. Homan will check with Commissioner Jones to find out which date he will attend. Commissioner Brown moved to accept the change in the dates for the mandatory AB 1234 training to the dates of October 26 or November 15, 2006, training to take place in the City Council Chambers from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Motion seconded by Commissioner Melloni, motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Rick Gallo then presented the conceptual plans for the parks, with two versions for each park. City park N, options A & B were presented by Mr. Gallo first. Locations of each of these park parcels were pointed out to the Commissioners and the concept plans for each were described. Amenities were described for each park. Option A for the city park N was more of a pastoral setting, including gazebos and shade structures, picnic benches and tables. Option B for park N was the old farm house theme, with picnic benches and tables, rail and stone fences and shade structures. Perennial flower gardens would also be planned for this option. Park 2, parcel D3, option A is an old world plaza theme, with viewing tower, umbrellas, terraced rose garden and tot lot, shade structures, benches, and parking lot. Option B for this parcel was a more organic theme, locating the tot lot up further in the park near the market rate housing and open lawn for active or passive recreation. Many shade areas, benches, walkways and picnic areas are included in this plan. There is no parking lot included in this option. Park 3, parcel TT. This park is located directly across from the future winery site. Concept A features climbing rocks for play structures and is themed to be a “walk through the woods”. Picnic benches, split rail fencing, and meandering path are featured in this concept. Option B features cascading water and interaction with the water element in the site. Lawn areas, picnic tables and benches with shade also featured in this concept. There is a slope of approximately 15 feet in this park and would feature ponds and a small river running through it to another pond. Images of park amenities were also displayed for the Commissioners. Commissioners asked questions regarding size of each of these parks, parking available. Questions of the density of the population in the development by the Commissioners. The fourth park which will be considered at a later date and will include two acres.
Mr. Bronzan said that this project was initially designed in 2001, and as the project included a development agreement, it is different than a traditional development. He explained the negotiations that had taken place with the Vineyards subcommittee, Planning Commission, and City Council in developing this property. He also explained the placing of these smaller parks outside the gated areas, to eventually connect to a trailhead back to state park property. He said the fourth park will be similar to the City Park in downtown Brentwood and he feels would be closer to 3 acres. Mr. Bronzan discussed some of the changes that have occurred since the original plans were made which included a winery, tasting room, amphitheater and some other shops, etc. He said all requirements have been met by the developer through these various negotiations. There was some discussion on the issue of adequate parking space for the development with Mr. Bronzan and the Commissioners. Mr. Lichty also explained some of the amenities that will be included with the winery, amphitheater and other trees and orchards. Commissioner Myers questioned traffic patterns. Chairperson Rodrigues noted that there will be two Commissioners assigned to work with the developers and planners on these parks.
The amenities that are offered were displayed and described by planners and discussed with the Commissioners. Two of the parks would have tot lots included in them play equipment was displayed and discussed. Commissioner Myers commented on the fact that they would be attending a conference where this type of equipment would be displayed and they will be looking at something new and different. Commissioners discussed all of the options suggested in the proposed parks. Mr. DeSilva asked the Commissioners for a decision on which option they liked the best on park D3, Parcel N. Parking areas were questioned by Commissioner Myers. Commissioner Melloni asked Director Bronzan about what part of the park the city has a joint use agreement with the trails and the State Park system. The trails system and walking/biking trails were discussed to provide access to these parks. Commissioner Brown questioned how the speed would be calmed when coming into the parks from Marsh Creek Road. Director Bronzan said these would be police and engineering issues to resolve. Size of the amphitheater and seating capacity discussed. Commissioner Myers was concerned about shade and trees that would be large enough to provide shade for picnic areas. Otherwise, other shade devices would be necessary. Commissioners said they would prefer to approve Option B on Parcel N, and would like to see a modified parking area for the park. Commissioner Brown was concerned with viewing area for police department and suggested moving the house slightly and allow for better visibility, parking could then be added near the roundabout. This would be closer to the group picnic area.
Parcel D3 was next considered, Commissioner Myers liked Option A but would like to see
Parcel TT options were then considered. Discussion of checking with Municipal Pooling Authority regarding the water features. Discussion of the drop from the gazebo to the pond and also whether there will be parking and if there will be a traffic light. Commissioners then decided this is a problem for the police to work on. Option B seemed to be the best choice, if staff would look at parking. Discussion of the size of gazebos, and felt they would be adequate. Commissioners Rodrigues and Myers were assigned to these projects. Commissioner Melloni moved to accept the concept plans with their recommended changes, motion seconded by Commissioner Brown. Motion carried unanimously.
7. DISCUSSION ITEM Review revised Sports Appeals Board Policy. (P. Scherff)
8. DISCUSSION ITEM Discussion of revised Affiliated Organization and related athletic
9. ACTION ITEM Approve Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan Annual Report for Fiscal
Mr. Errico will be attending a meeting in Minneapolis of the ASLA the following week. He will be looking at manufacturers play equipment while there. He has also recently gone to a meeting of the John Marsh Home and Cowell Ranch and believe that all of the Commissioners have received their invitations to the October site visits. Discussion of what areas will be visited on this visit.
Director Bronzan said that hearing strong comments about the small park issues, he wished the Commissioners to be aware that there are two large undeveloped pieces of property left in town, one is a 60+ acre property directly across from McDonalds, and the park allotment there will be between 5 and 9 acres depending on how high the density is. The other is the 42-acre piece across from the aquatic center. That will be about a 3.5-acre park. He said the cost of land in Brentwood is beginning to be so high and developers are looking at high density and being very upfront that they would prefer not to build any parks, but with the cities growth management program, they have to provide amenities to the City. They are getting some very creative suggestions such as building community centers or doing other amenities that years ago they would have not gotten. This will be the last large developments unless the urban limit line is changed. He discussed the new types of building densities being planned.
Ms. Scherff then showed some slides of how the Parks and Recreation staff is working together to improve the park system. Some of the slides depicted improvements on tennis courts at Creekside Park tennis courts as a result of a grant received. She also showed slides of the first Doggie Dip Day at the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex. It was a very successful event and all session were completely full. She also said that in October there will be the Monster Mash program which will be October 21 and the Aquatic Pumpkin Patch at the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex on October 27, 2006. Children can take a floating pumpkin and carve it on the deck and other arts and crafts are planned. This event will be October 27, 2006. Ms. Scherff said that she also received a call from Greg Robinson of the Brentwood Press and the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex took first place in the Best of Brentwood. Ms. Scherff also reported that Prop 49 funding has finally been released and she is forming a group in collaboration with the Brentwood Union School District, Brentwood P.A.L. and the City to receive some of that funding. This will help fund after school programs that they currently do.
REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Betty Jo Whincup, Minutes Recorder
of Brentwood Park and Recreation Commission
35 Oak Street
Brentwood, CA 94513