Rinconada Park Improvement Project

Rinconada Park sign at the park


Background

City Council approved $1.7 million of capital improvement funding to address the current park improvement needs for the fiscal year 2020. The improvements include infrastructure, accessibility, and maintenance needs of the park. The proposed improvements were identified and supported by the community as part of the Rinconada Long Range Plan, which was adopted by the council in the summer of 2017. The project scope addresses much-needed improvements to the existing playgrounds and the replacement of existing asphalt walkways with concrete walkways, which are the major budget items. Park improvements are anticipated to begin in the fall of 2019. Community outreach, bid plan development, the bidding and permitting process are currently underway to coincide with the construction of the new Junior Museum and Zoo, which is anticipated to open in the summer of 2020.

Staff held the first community meeting on February 21, 2019. The proposed improvement items were presented, and the community members in attendance provided input.

Renovation items proposed for Rinconada Park:

  • Playground & tot lot renovation
    • Relocate tot lot closer to main playground
    • All new playground equipment, fencing, rubber surfacing
  • New pathways
    • 12’ wide main connection pathway
    • 8’ wide connection pathways
  • Site furnishing replacement
    • Picnic tables, benches, water fountain, BBQ’s, landfill/recycle receptacles
  • Picnic areas
    • Renovate existing group picnic area
    • Create new picnic area at rear of JMZ at playground
  • Expansion of main turf area
    • New irrigation
    • Install drainage
  • Renovate planting areas
    • Reduce small turf areas
    • Native/Habitat planting
    • Pollinator garden

Previous Meeting Materials

Next Steps

  • Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting #2: March/April
  • PRC  Meeting #3 – Adoption of Park Improvement Ordinance (PIO): May/June
  • Bid Document Preparation &  Project Bidding: Spring/Summer 2019
  • Council to Adopt (PIO) and Approve Contract: Fall 2019
  • Construction Begins: Fall 2019

Additional Reading

Contact Information

Project Manager: Peter Jensen 
EmailPeter.Jensen@cityofpaloalto.org
Phone: 650.329.2295