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.
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