Hansen Village Park design approved
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Apr 19, 2014 | 2945 views | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Mountain House Community Services District board of directors signed off on the designs for the future Hansen Village Park following a presentation by Shea Homes Managing Director Dave Sargent on April 9. The five acre park will be situated in the western corner of Durant Terrace and Vecindad Street, adjacent to the future Hansen School. Courtesy photo
The Mountain House Community Services District board of directors signed off on the designs for the future Hansen Village Park following a presentation by Shea Homes Managing Director Dave Sargent on April 9. The five acre park will be situated in the western corner of Durant Terrace and Vecindad Street, adjacent to the future Hansen School. Courtesy photo
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Hansen Village Park will be built around a baseball field and another athletic field, according to David Sargent, Shea Mountain House community development manager.

Sargent showed the design for the triangular park — bordered by the village’s K-8 school, Durant Terrace and Vecindad Street — to the Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors during its regular meeting April 9.

It will be the fifth 5-acre neighborhood park to be built in Mountain House, joining Wicklund, Bethany, Altamont and Questa parks.

Sargent told the board the park would have a baseball field, a multipurpose playing area that could be used for softball, T-ball or recreational soccer, a picnic area, water fountains and a tot lot for small children.

Sargent said he expected the park to cost $1.6 million, but he hoped that money could be spent efficiently enough to afford more amenities for the park.

He added that a survey of residents in December led to a list of other features that could be added, including a badminton court for $15,000, a tennis court for $150,000 and a rock-climbing wall for $12,000.

“The No. 1 option was (public) bathrooms for $100,000,” he said. “It doesn’t look like we’ll have the money to do it.”

Sargent said the required park facilities would likely consume the entire budget and additional amenities would have to be put on hold.

To prepare for the future addition of bathrooms, a concrete pad will be placed at the corner of Vecindad Street, near the school boundary, with sewer lines already in place, Sargent said. He said the pad would be fenced in along the school side with decorative shrubbery and could provide a location for temporary portable toilets during events at the park.

The board voted unanimously to approve the park designs as presented.

“It’s a good-looking plan,” Director Jim Lamb said.

Although the board did not exist yet when the other Mountain House neighborhood parks were built, Lamb said it was important to have a say in planning for Hansen and any future neighborhood parks. Maintenance of the parks, once completed, is the responsibility of the district.

Director Bernice King Tingle said she, too, liked the plans for a future bathroom and the overall design.

Sargent said the next step in the process is to seek construction bids in August and break ground in the same month. He said Shea expects construction to take seven months, with a completion date set for February.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at drizzo@tracypress.com or 830-4225.

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mtrew
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April 19, 2014
Looks nice Mountain House. Hey Tracy, look at that! Now that THS took over some Babe Ruth fields and Jefferson is being torn down.....where are our kids supposed to play? What is the progress on the Holly Sugar Sports Complex? Bids and RFPs since 2011. Really does it take that long? Hey Mountain House...we in Tracy cannot get things together - can we come play with you?


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