Public input leads to revised Flood Park plan

by Linda Hubbard on May 24, 2022

Emails Judy Horst representing FloodPark.org: “Here is the latest on Flood Park from  Supervisor Warren Slocum’s newsletter. There’s still some work we have to do to make sure we preserve the wildlife, trees and picnic areas, but at least it seems to be more practical on all levels. It’s rewarding to know we accomplished this so far.”

The Supervisor writes: “Today, an updated design was released for Flood Park, taking into consideration comments and recommendations from all who participated in community meetings and surveys. Outreach and survey responses indicated strong support for each of the park programs and features established as part of the Reimagine Flood Park process from 2015 – 2020.

“Under the new plan, most of the recreational facilities and the second multi-use field have been relocated to preserve native trees and trees in the heart of the oak woodland and to create better flow by grouping complimentary amenities. The multi-use fields have been reconfigured and consolidated in the north part of the park. This will preserve the ‘heart of the oak woodland’ and create a more cohesive and flexible field configuration. This has been a collaborative process – one in which many voices were heard – and we are excited for the next steps to begin work on this beautiful park! You can learn more about this project here.”

5 Comments

Alice Newton May 24, 2022 at 6:18 pm

I live adjacent to Flood Park on Del Norte Ave. and have followed this project since 2015. Flood Park is a local treasure. The new design is terrific in many ways, but is a work in progress with various aspects still to be decided. Basic to this design is field space for baseball and two soccer fields plus oak woodland with picnic and playground areas. Your ideas are important. The County Parks Dept. will have a public input meeting in Flood Park Sat, June 11, 3-5 pm with info stations and park tours. (Parking is always free.) I hope there will be a way for people to give feedback and questions if unable to attend in person. Check website listed below.

People have complained about how long this process has taken. There are various reasons, tasks to conduct and get approved etc. For one, the Hetch Hetchy pipes run through the park and their upgrades caused park closure for a few years. This new design reflects input from the SMC Parks Dept. public survey March 12-31 that had several hundred responses you can see at both the community website, FloodPark.org, and the SMC Parks Dept. website, parks.smcgov.org (go to Flood Park, then to Updates).

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Rob Silano May 25, 2022 at 6:34 am

Great design. Thank you Warren (Supervisor) and Nickolas ( Parks Director). Too bad Ravenswood School District would not sell or rent their large parcel to the county to provide more “open space”. Our parks are so important to our communities. Teacher and employee housing also is so important, yet, is it really for that purpose? I wonder and many of us do too?

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Ron Snow May 27, 2022 at 9:52 am

Rob, the interesting point is that Ravenswood did reach out to County and solicited County to use the old school property as park land. County, including Warren Slocum, was not interested.

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Ron Snow May 27, 2022 at 10:00 am

I will add that FloodPark.org/school has some discussion on this topic of extending Flood Park with the 2.5 acres of that old school. Most agree that we need affordable housing. Most agree that with the increase in population we also need more green space and parkland to enable our population to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing environment.

Let’s not only add housing and ignore the need for green space. Instead, let’s recognize the physical and mental health benefits that parks provide and take steps to expand available – local – park land for the future and to keep up with population growth.

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Mary Pimentel May 25, 2022 at 5:21 pm

This plan looks lovely, but all will be for not if the ground squirrels aren’t gotten under control. It would appear that the Clark’s pest control was not able to deal with this issue.

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