Mountain House community gets input into next park
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Aug 16, 2013 | 4314 views | 1 1 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Concept location for Peter Hansen Park from the Mountain House Specific Plan II.
Concept location for Peter Hansen Park from the Mountain House Specific Plan II.
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — For the first time, Mountain House residents are going to have a say in the amenities going into their next neighborhood park.

Peter Hansen Park, located in Neighborhood C, is a five acre parcel that is slated to begin construction in the summer of 2014.

Before a shovel of dirt is lifted, the park’s developers plan to reach out to the community to see what they want in a neighborhood park, said David Sargent, a representative of Shea Mountain House.

“This is the first time we’re asking for community input,” Sargent said during a Mountain House Community Services board of directors meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

“They will have a voice in the design if they want to.”

With a limited budget of $1.5 million, Sargent said they want to be assured that they are putting in elements that the “community wants as opposed to doesn’t want.”

Like other Mountain House neighborhood parks, Peter Hansen Park will include a baseball field, multi-purpose play area, small picnic area, toddler playground and a kid’s playground.

He said resident input, which will be done through an Internet survey program known as Peak Democracy, will enable park developers to prioritize any extra amenities.

He said they could decide if they want a badminton court or horseshoes?

Mountain House General Manager Janice McClintock told the board that the survey program will enable community officials to track where responding residents were living based upon their registration to fill out the survey. She said this process was more accurate than such survey programs as Survey Monkey, which could receive responses from anywhere in the world.

The tentative schedule for the planning of the park is slated to begin with the community survey beginning in September, followed by a presentation to the board of directors in October on the survey’s results, Sargent said.

The next step in the park’s construction process will be to create a park concept that he hopes to bring before the board of directors in February 2014. If the concept meets their approval, he said they will begin park construction during the summer of 2014.

Shea Mountain House will be paying the initial construction costs, he said, but those monies will eventually be recouped through developer fees.

Peter Hansen Park will be situated within the boundaries of Grant Line Road, Central Parkway, Mascot Boulevard and Great Valley Parkway.

Although no homes currently exist in Neighborhood C, Sargent said Shea Mountain House is in the process of preparing 477 lots for builders to purchase as part of the first phase of construction. He said those lots should be completed by October and home models should be constructed and available for review by the spring of 2014.

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August 18, 2013
How about a place with miniature golf. We went to drive to Livermore for a birthday party and I thought it would be nice to have something like miniature golf for birthday parties. Maybe they could put a few pinball machines here too. When I was young we put a lot of quarters into pinball machines. The money could go to charity? How bout it?

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