The Felton Library Site is a vacant 2-acre property on Gushee Street, in downtown Felton. The new Felton branch library will be constructed on a portion of the site, and the remaining areas of the parcel will provide an outdoor space for nature exploration, as well as restoration of native riparian vegetation around the Bull Creek riparian zone.
Background - Design of the new library building in Felton began in 2005 and has involved extensive input from the community. In 2015, the County acquired additional property next to the library site, making a total site of over 2 acres, with space for additional outdoor uses on the library grounds. In 2016, Measure S was passed by the voters to finance library improvements throughout Santa Cruz County, including the construction of the new Felton branch library building. County Parks was awarded a $395,000 grant in 2018 for part of the park construction from the Outdoor Environmental Education Facilities grant program from California State Parks. The remaining funds for the park project will be raised in partnership with the Felton Library Friends.
Park Design - The Parks Department is working with consultants to develop designs for the parks space in summer of 2018. A nature trail and pedestrian bridges over Bull Creek, outdoor environmental education stations for interactive learning, and native plantings are included in the concept plan.
The Santa Cruz County Parks Department is excited to announce that a new grant opportunity is available for the advancement of the Farm Neighborhood Park. County Parks is seeking grant funding through the recently funded Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program (SPP) to provide many new recreational features for the public. Farm Park Concept Plan
The Park Department in conjuction with Supervisor Leopold's office and other community partners held 6 community pop-up meetings in June and July of 2019. Approximately 100 people attended the meetings. The public was asked to identify their preferences regarding Overall Park Features and Playground Features, and the results are shown below. In addition to the pop-up meetings, there was an online survey and 73 people participated over a 2-month period. The results to the similarly asked questions on Most Important Park Feature and Prefered Play Equipment are shown below. Link to Farm Park Community Meetings Page
Chanticleer Avenue Park is a 4.5-acre neighborhood park in the Live Oak community. Construction for Chanticleer Park is underway. Parks maintenance staff installed a camera at the site and current photos can be seen here.
Construction is anticipated through 2019. The park opening is expected in 2020.
A contract for this work has been awarded to Granite Construction of Watsonville, CA.
Park improvements include a new inclusive play area (LEO’s Haven), a new parking area, a new restroom building, off-leash dog areas, bike pump track, community garden, and associated improvements including on-street parking, pathways, drainage, plantings and fencing. Phase I improvements are the result of community meetings over the past decade and are the first phase of implementation of the adopted park master plan.
In 2014, the Parks Department was awarded two grants, for a total of approximately $380,000 from the State Parks Habitat Conservation Fund Grant Program and the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District.
Currently, Parks staff is finalizing the grant funded design, manufacturing and installation of the three interpretive signs along the restored portion of the trail. The purpose of these signs is to foster nature appreciation and stewardship of our precious natural resources.
The work on the interpretive signs is nearing completion and it is anticipated that the signs will be installed along the restored portion of the Discovery Loop trail in November of 2019. Parks staff has worked with Jane Bolling Design and her team to provide the interpretive content of these signs appropriate to Quail Hollow Ranch Park.
The riparian plantings were completed in the winters of 2016 and 2017 by volunteers (ACE and AmeriCorps) and Parks staff, including the Parks Volunteer Coordinator. Local native willows and red-twig dogwood cuttings were collected and planted along the banks of the stream and in the stream itself. Non-native invasive plants were removed by the AmeriCorps and volunteers of the “Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch. Winter monitoring and repair of the trail has also been completed by volunteers of Quail Hollow Ranch over the course of the last four years. The grant funds require that the grant funded project components be maintained up until the year 2035 so the Parks Department is very grateful for the volunteers and proper use of the trail during wet conditions.
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