The plan was created by Gary Hyden, a landscape architect with Parks and Recreation.
Pollock Pines residents sent Gary Hyden
, park development and design with El Dorado County's Park and Recreation Office, back to the drawing board, almost, to further refine ideas for the new Pollock Pines Park.
"There is so much we can get on this land," said Hyden
, a landscape architect.
The 23-acre park will have a soccer field and a baseball-softball field.Those two elements, said Hyden
, were the focal points of his
design for the rest of the park.
"We actually have first class useable fields out there," said Hyden
Around the fields, Hyden
designed an older and younger childrens' play area, a volleyball area, horseshoe pits, a nature center, outdoor amphitheater, concessions stand and several picnic areas.
"It works functionally," he
said."It works aesthetically."
The rest of the land, he
added, is sloped too high for development (above 15 percent) but one open space can be used for something later down the road.
"What's driven the whole design is the grading," said Hyden
."We have quite a bit of grading area."
About 50 feet of forest will buffer the park from surrounding areas and two stone columns, adding a rustic touch, will grace the entrance, according to Hyden's plans.The restroom and concessions stand will also emulate old architecture design of the area, with Hyden
looking at Pollock Pines oldest building, the Sportsman's Hall.
"It'll feel appropriate," he
assured."It'll feel like it belongs."
Residents nodded in agreement with Hyden's ideas of fitting the park's design into the surrounding area.
What they didn't agree on, Hyden
was eager to fix and a lot of the conversation focused on minute changes and future plans for the park.
Using the indoor pool in South Lake Tahoe as a guide, Hyden
said the idea is not out of the question.On that note, he
added, two things must be considered.First, Parks and Recreation would have to hire a full-time attendant for the pool and secondly, he added, Tahoe has had an energy problem with its pool. Hyden
promised to follow up on these issues, and the discussion turned to other suggestions, such as a place for Frisbee golf, a full-court basketball area instead of a half-court, designing the nature center so it could also serve as picnic area, turning the horseshoe pit into a bocce ball area, and designating a skateboard area.
All walkways in the park are paved to increase accessibility for the disabled and residents worried that skateboarders would take over the trails.Hyden
said designating an area, possibly by the amphitheater or in the open area is a possibility but you can't have the pool and the skate area in that open space. Hyden
cautioned the residents against a full-blown skate park because that would require supervision, but he
could put in plans for a designated area with a few hills.
With all the activities planned, concessions and safety also came up at the evening meeting.Hyden's plans included a concession stand but not a full kitchen because of Health Department issues.The public seemed mixed on the idea of a full kitchen, but Hyden
would look into the process because it would be much easier to install everything now than come back later and do that work.
On safety, Hyden
said it was the Sheriff's responsibility to check in on the park and answer calls.Attendees agreed that lights should be installed around the playing fields and the 150-space parking lot for safety.Signs posted will clearly display hours of operations - sunrise to sunset - and boundary limits.
If trespassing becomes a problem, a fence could be installed and maybe a gate would be placed at the entrance but, Hyden
said, that means someone would have to come by every day to open and lock the gate.
"If this park gets busy enough to require an attendant, we'll hire one," said Hyden
Pleased with the input, Hyden
said now all the park needs is funding.The county is getting a state grant for its park system but it won't be enough to do everything.Some money will come out of the timber sale, he
added, but it won't be enough for the whole project.Some of the timber cut from the park area may also be used to construct the picnic area structures.
Total cost for the Pollock Pines Park, Hyden
estimates, is around $800,000.Once the plan is refined, all necessary environmental documents are completed and the project description is approved, Parks and Recreation will be ready to break ground.
"Funding is an issue," said Hyden
, adding that he
hoped everyone present brought their checkbooks.