Dear GESC neighbors,

Thanks to those who participated in last Wednesday’s meeting re:  Laureola playground design proposed by the San Carlos Park Department.  The City is proposing improvements to both the Toddler (Ages 2-5) and Playground (Ages 5-12). Based on feedback from the workshop, recommendations have been incorporated in the design that will be presented at the meeting on Wednesday, May 4th.  Recommendations included:

1)   Include swings for older and younger kids, including an ADA swing for older kids.

2)   Include more shade trees around the play structures, and nicely scented landscaping, which the community could participate in planting when time to install.  There was considerable dialogue about how hot Laureola Park can get.

3)   Make improvements soon, but not during high use period of summer.

4)   As a second phase include water features including one for toddlers as well a sprinkler/fountain like system (similar to Burton Park) for older kids.

5)   Consider fundraising with the GESC community to facilitate the water feature to be constructed as well as ensure use of Park Development In Lieu Fees for development on east side where the benefit should be to Laureola Park where there is a nexus between the impact of development and a benefit (i.e. not like $1,000,000 Park fee for Palo Alto Medical Foundation that went to soccer field development at Highlands Park).

Once the San Carlos Park Commission approves the development as amended with GESC neighborhood feedback, it would then go forward to the City Council for approval.  According to the manufacturer of the playground equipment, installation could begin 4-6 weeks from City Council approval.  Construction possibly could be staggered if it is to start over the summer with the Toddler area being completed first and the playground for children 5+ being second; however, for logistical staging reasons it is easier for the City to do it all at once.

It is important that we try to get as many residents to attend this meeting. As this is the only park on the East side of San Carlos, it is imperative to get members of the community to attend to show new equipment is sorely needed for our neighborhood, and state your preference to any of the proposed improvements if you have an opinion. Even those property owners who do not have young children who will use the park, it is something to support as it will help to maintain property values, and will make this area a very desirable place to live.  The meeting will take place Wednesday, May 4th 7PM at San Carlos City Hall located at 600 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA 94070-3018.

If you cannot attend, could you please contact Doug Long, the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, or 650-802-4421 and let him know you are in support of the improvements at Laureola Park.  Here is the link to the agenda and supporting materials: