A Place to Play Community Park

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Update 8.17.21

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District approved a $1,000,000 Matching Grant for the City of Santa Rosa to design and construct two multipurpose, all-weather athletic fields and a nature pavilion at A Place to Play Community Park. The City will provide the matching funds to design and develop the park amenities. In exchange for the funding, the City will place a conservation easement and recreation covenant over the property to ensure the park remains open to the public for recreational and educational uses for perpetuity.

Matching Grant Program
To the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District
In September 2020, the City applied for a grant to design and construct two multipurpose, all-weather athletic fields and a nature pavilion at A Place to Play Community Park. Additionally, the grant would formalize the trail network around the duck pond and the connection to the Santa Rosa Creek trail. All of these elements are part of the approved park master plan and were supported by the community in November 2019. The multipurpose fields would be striped for soccer, baseball and softball. Amenities to support the multipurpose fields are also part of the grant application and include paved pathways, hydration stations, spectator seating, lighting infrastructure, trash and recycling receptacles, dugouts and fencing.

The grant requires a one-to-one match. The total project cost of both design and construction is estimated to be $4 million; therefore, the City is seeking $2 million from the Matching Grant Program. The City is awaiting a decision from the District regarding the application.

Notice of Public Hearing
Proposed Amendment to A Place to Play Park Master Plan

A public hearing will be conducted by the City Council on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at or after 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. The purpose of the public hearing will be to receive public comment and recommendations prior to the City Council acting on a request to amend A Place to Play Park Master Plan.

The proposed changes and options to review the plan are outlined below. If you cannot attend the public hearing, you may to submit written comments and recommendations prior to the hearing to Kristi Buffo, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Recreation & Parks Department, 55 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, Ca 95401, 707-543-3276 or kbuffo@srcity.org. 

Proposed Master Plan Amendments

The City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Department is working with the Water Department to amend the A Place to Play Park Master Plan to include the following five changes:

1. Addition of a new emergency well and water system to be located near the southwest corner of the park. The proposed emergency groundwater well will offer a viable option in the event of an emergency or disconnection to the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) Aqueduct. The water provided by the well would provide a temporary clean water source to Santa Rosa Water customers, such as hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, homes and businesses.
2. Addition of an existing water pump station that is currently located in the northwest area of the park. This water pump was installed in the park in 2007 and the change to the master plan reflects this alteration.
3. Addition of picnic areas to be located near existing and future playgrounds.
4. Addition of three hydration stations and/or drinking fountains (locations to be determined).
5. Addition of a basketball court near the future planned playground.

The proposed A Place to Play Master Plan Amendment is available for public viewing. Click here to view the document OR you may pick up a copy at Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Department, 55 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa.

More information on the addition of the emergency well and water system is available here: Emergency-Groundwater-Supply

Community Outreach Meeting
Learn more about the proposed amendments to the Master Plan and provide your input.

When: Saturday, September 21 from 10am-Noon
Where: A Place to Play Park, 2375 W 3rd St

Community input was also received electronically in 2017 on the proposed master plan amendments, followed by  recommended approval for the plan from the Board of Community Services.

For questions or more information, please contact Kristi Buffo, Recreation & Parks Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, at kbuffo@srcity.org or (707) 543-3276 or Colin Close, Water Department, at cclose@srcity.org or (707) 543-4524.