Central Park Master Plan reVISION'ed
Community input is at the heart of the City of Rancho Cucamonga's latest update to the plans for Central Park.
July 2017 marked the beginning of a community participation process designed to facilitate updates to the Central Park Master Plan. The vision for this important resource is ever changing, and this latest update meets the most current needs of the community by creating a plan for buildable segments that can be completed over time as funding is available.
Planning for Central Park began in 1987. Though funds are currently not available to expand Central Park, updating the Master Plan with a vision for a fiscally and environmentally responsible park space helps outline the path for planning activities in the meantime. Opportunities in our search for potential grants, donations, and other funding sources are greater using the newly developed plans for buildable segments of space and amenities in 3-10 acre improvements.
The 2012 elimination of Redevelopment Agencies cost Rancho Cucamonga over $100 million in cash that was saved over many years and earmarked for projects like the construction of Central Park. Since then, City efforts refocused on balancing community input and available financial resources to ensure Central Park remained a priority.
Central Park Master Plan Update Process
City staff and RJM Design Group began conducting community workshops and online surveys in August 2017. Each successive workshop built upon input from the previous to prioritize park programs and facilities. The City held a Report Back in February 2018 to present its findings during a formal presentation of the revised Master Plan and provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions.
What's Next for the Central Park Master Plan?
An environmental impact report (EIR) will examine the programs and uses described in the updated plan. This report will inform the public and public agency decision-makers of significant environmental effects of proposed projects, identify possible ways to minimize any effects, and if necessary, describe reasonable alternatives to those projects. This is the first ever Central Park Master Plan update to undergo an EIR. It is estimated that the report will take 12-18 months and that the final Central Park Master Plan and EIR will be adopted and certified by the City Council by late 2019.
Staff will also begin looking for funding partners and opportunities to apply for grants for construction of each of the smaller segments of the plan. One such opportunity could be a grant from the State of California with the recent approval of Proposition 68. Proposition 68 authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection and restoration projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects. Some of this money may go to each city based on population, and other funds could likely be available through a competitive grant process, similar to the funding and process the City obtained for Los Amigos Park.
As they say, "Rome was not built in a day," and neither will Central Park. This community driven Master Plan gives City leaders a roadmap for developing Central Park as funding becomes available, with an anticipated buildout over the next 15-30 years.
For more information on the Central Park Master Plan visit www.CityofRC.us/reVISION.