Master plan to be discussed on Tuesday night
Two public meetings and lots of community input went into creating a proposed master plan for a Beachfront Park with amenities like a dog park, an amphitheater and a bandstand.
“Everybody likes the dog park,” said Crescent City Manager Eugene Palazzo. “We’re really excited about this.”
Lief McKay, an associate with RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo, which conducted the meetings and developed the master plan, will present it to the Crescent City Council and three planning commissioners on Tuesday, Palazzo said.
Following Tuesday’s meeting, Associate Planner Eric Taylor will bring it to the Planning Commission for approval, Palazzo said. The plan will then come before the City Council for final approval in March. Meanwhile it’s available for public viewing at City Hall, 377 J St.
The plan represents an ongoing project that could take 15-20 years to build out, Palazzo said. He added that the dog park would probably be the first feature the city would implement.
“It seemed to be very popular,” Palazzo said. “I won’t say it’s going to be easy to do, but it will be something we can probably focus on and get done in the next year or so.”
City staff collaborated with community members, asking them what they would like to see at Beachfront Park, at public meetings last August and October. Residents had said they wanted to maintain the park’s soccer fields, but also create a defined space between active recreation such as soccer and passive recreation such as picnicking, Taylor said.
The plan retains and enhances the Coastal Trail, creating a promenade down the center of the park, Taylor said. Kid’s Town is left in place with room to expand, and there is space for concessions stands and vendors.
“The reason why we have a master plan is to control development of the park,” he said, adding that the city will pursue grant funding to enhance the park and add amenities. “It’s an economic development engine. It brings more people to town.”
RRM also took the recently completed Front Street redesign into consideration when creating the Beachfront Park master plan, Taylor said.
The city is also creating a master plan for the downtown area, which will incorporate the Beachfront Park master plan and result in connectivity with the Crescent City Harbor, Palazzo said.
“Once all this is put together it will change what our community looks like and connect everything together,” he said.
The City Council’s normal Monday meeting has been postponed due to the President’s Day holiday. The Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Flynn Center at 981 H St. Meeting agendas are available at www.crescentcity.org.