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01-04-1999 Parks & Recreation Agenda packetSaratoga Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting Administrative Offices, City Hall 13777 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga Monday, January 4, 1999 7:30pm AGENDA Organization A) Roll Call: Alberts, Clabeaux, Friedrich, Ioannou, Olsen, Swan, Whitney B) Report on Posting of the Agenda: Pursuant to Government Code 54954.2 the agenda was properly posted on December 30, 1998 L l c) Approval of November 2, 1998 Minutes �}D► G�YLt,1fIOl I(,V(Ti� II. Administration A) Introduction of New Commissioner - Judy Alberts B) Former Commissioner Crotty Recognition - Arrangements ? C) Tour of Parks & Recreation Facilities —VOW WWAAM vtad W U-k D) Park Development Fund - Monthly Financial Repo t E) City Council - 1999 Meeting Calendar III. Oral & Written Communication This section is for the public to speak on any item Not on the �Q agenda IV. Old Business A) Restrooms at Wildwood Park- Approve vendor B) Kevin Moran & Gardiner Parks/ Play Equipment - Select vendor Q Trail Related Issues- Update from Trail Sub - committee D) Grant Request for Trail Improvements- Terri Baron V. New Business None VI. Commissioner & Staff Reports A) Commissioner Reports B) City Hall Update - Irene Jacobs 5tfiokm Skt& c) Recreation Department Status Report - Joan Pisani VII. Adjournment MEMORANDUM Date: October 19, 1998 To: Lisa Payne From: Marianne Swan, Subcommitty Cha6for City Trails, Saratoga Parks & Recreation Commission /Roj Re: Memo from Irene Jacobs, staff liaison to Parks & Recreation Commission, dated October 13, 1998, Payne Property, 21789 Villa Oaks Lane - Lot 18 As per our conversation last night, October 18, 1998, regarding the above mentioned memo and your letter to James Walgren, the following has been agreed upon between us: 1. Improve the easement along the left side of the driveway from where the trail leaves the driveway (see site plan) with asphaltic chips firmly pressed into place or decomposed granite, and wood headers at a width of four feet (see master plan). 2. Beginning at the first front left corner, increase the 4 foot width gradually to an eight foot width by the first set of trees and continue to the end of the trail easement along the north property line. There shall be a curb cut at the point where the trail meets the driveway, if a curb is used. 3. Trail has to be put in place within the trail easement and not encroached upon by bushes or trees. 4. Trail marker can be as unobtrusive as the ones used on Mt Eden Road. 5. Regarding headers, asphaltic chips and shavings; headers and asphaltic chips are necessary in regards to Master Plan Guidelines. 6. The City may provide materials as available. Please contact John Cherbone at 868- 2443 cc: James Walgren Irene Jacobs Parks & Recreation Commission Terri Baron MEMORANDUM Date: November 17, 1998 To: Ed Cornell From: Marianne Swan, Subcommittee Chair for City Trails, Saratoga Parks & Recreation Commission � , Re: November 15, 1998 site visit to Cornell Property, Deer Creek Court — Lot 23 After reviewing correspondence between trail users and the City of Saratoga dating as far back as 1980 regarding Mt. Eden Estates and discussing the surfacing of the trail with current users and James Walgren, Director of Community Development, the following is required: 1. Improve an eight ft wide, all weather trail section within the 15 ft trail easement recorded on your site plan with decomposed granite or asphaltic chips firmly pressed into place, and wood headers at a width of eight feet (see Master Plan). This is required by the Master Plan due to the adobe clay environment. 2. No encroachment of bushes or trees within the eight ft wide improved trail. 3. The bridge to be put in to place can be of similar construction as on the Teerlink Property (I can show you 741 - 0322). 4. We encourage you to work together with the Douglas family, so that you can share costs. James Walgren will place a phone call to the Douglas family. You may begin these improvements immediately. Prior to occupancy, members of the Trail Committee will review your adherence to the above required trail improvements. cc: James Walgren Irene Jacobs Parks & Recreation Commission Terri Baron 1OD Creekside trail plan unveiled to public 0 TRAIL 1Om Page 12D end, the trail would connect to ti Bay Trail, Trail. a proposede loo Fi om there, users could connect 1 trail Proponent Kevin the Guadalupe Inver , which i �`r connects Moore also epointed out that both to the Los Gatos Cree In- tel and 3Com have their he Among destinations close G an the San Tomas Aquino trail jers along the trail "I'd la are Grea that they're both o' Y money America, the Santa Clara Golf Club to make some donations," he said After the public comment the Mercado movie complex anc Sunnyvale Baylands Park ends next week, the mod Shriber determined that the miti- be incorporated into thesponses will gation measures and the "negative declaration P� proposed would significant effect on the environment he environment, quired under the California mental Quality Act. Thean al docu- final docu- e requiring requiring the prep aration of the document known as a menu will be m and the Presented to the coun- three cities, negative declaration but not of a full environmental impact report Probably in the spring, Shriber said Among the larger effects for which The concept of such a streamside rnside the draft Plan Proposes mitigation trail has been in Santa Clara's al Plan since the 1950s, Moore are erosion, change in surface water and impact on wetland habi- said. In 1992, some Santa Clara residents tarsty and that city's parks urged the county to begin commission Of special concern to planners was the burrowing owl, which has ing the idea, and the bo d of suit- visors appointed been seen near San Tom Aquino Creek though not a 15irnember Streamside Park Committee. on the specific Path of the traiL If owls move into In 1996, during the feasibility rtudY, the water district and the would take corridor, constriction wool Place outside breeding city >f Santa Clara opened for recreation he levees of San Tomas season, and the birds may also have to moved. Aquino %reek between Highway 237 and the Plan also considers the nest- I ing seasons of swallows at the north- The Expressway ern end of the trail and The plan envisions the trail as who I one may settle in 20 Monterey tarrd in a large network of non -mo- scheduled to be removed travel routes. north near Mon- At its north roe Avenue in Santa Clara i 14,trG(Ar54 F14LJZ) i2.0SVi 3 Rec reation trail moves from paper to public forum �'rapased Sm umas MERCURY NEWS GETTING HEARD BY SUSAN STEADE Mercury News Staff Writer After six years of work, a plan for a 121/4 mile bike-and-foot trail from West San Jose to the bay - lands is being put before the pub- lic. A hearing Monday evening will solicit responses to the proposal for the San Tomas Aquino/Sarato- ga Creek Trail. Comments can al- so be mailed or faxed by next Thursday to the project manager. The mute starts at the Westgate area of San Jose, rums roughly par- allel to Lawrence Expressway, then cuts over to San Tomas Aqui- no Creek at Cabrillo Avenue. The northern section follows the creek to Highway 237 near Great Ameri- ca Parkway. A little more than five miles is on a pathway separated from motor traffic; the rest of it follows city streets. The estimated project cost of al- most $17 million covers not only the trail — 12-foot-wide asphalt, with soft shoulders — but bridges and underpasses, improvement of six "staging areas," and measures to reduce the trail's effect on near- by residents and the environment. Santa Clara County has paid for the feasibility study, finished in 1996, and the newly completed master plan and environmental re- port. "It's expected that the re- spective jurisdictions" — San Jo- se, Cupertino and Santa Clara — "will pay for the building of the trail," said project manager Ruth Shriber, a park planner with the county's Parks and Recreation De- partment. Shriber pointed to the Stevens Creek Trail as a model of fundrais- ing. Its supporters have aggres- sively pursued grants as well as raising money through a non -profit group, Fiiends of Stevens Creek See TRAIL, Page 10D • Monday's public hearing is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the clubhouse of Lick Mill Paris, 4759 Lick Mill Blvd., between Tasman Drive and Montague Expressway in Santa Clara. • Written comments will by accepted until 5 p.m. next Thursday by Project Manager Ruth Shiber, Santa Clara County Parks Department, 298 Garden Hill Drive, Los Gatos, Calif., 95032; fax (408) 358 -3245. • The draft master plan is available for review at the reference sections of Santa Clara's central and Mission libraries, San Jo- se's main library, Santa Clara's Department of Public Works, and the Santa Clara County parks department in Los Gatos. Not all Marshall Lane residents want _fields The misleading .headline ".Parents, sports leaguers voice support for play field plans," in the Dec. 9 issue of the.SARATO- GA NEWS is biased. The people who spoke at the Dec. 2 City Council meeting were mostly from other cities, not Saratoga. Your -story neglected to mention that 60 immediate neighbors to Marshall Lane School signed a petition against sports fields at Marshall Lane for good reasons. Your reporter was at the. Marshall Lane meeting and knew the facts. Good, reporting demands that you state all sides of -the issue. - ELLEN.MARSHALt:_ Saratoga rl LE MRS 1 RS Heritage.Park would make good playfield If we can't look back to the good old days when we picked prunes and such, as the editorial in the Dec. 9 issue of the SARATOGA NEWS points out, then we should be able to take a portion of Heritage Orchard and make it. into playing fields. According to the editorial, we must act in today's world. So, if playing fields are a greater need', put them at that site, not into an already congested neighborhood such as Marshall Lane. GERRY BARRETT. Marilyn Lane Vol. 45, No. ednesday, Decembei23;�1998 / /MARSHALL LANE RESIDENTS MOUNT OPPOSITION TO PLAYFIELDS PLAN tell City Council, .............. . Debate . .. heats . ...:.. u p . over issue ............................... ........is..................... By SARAH LOMBARDO Marshall Lane –area residents opposed to playfields at Marshall Lane School were out in full force at the Saratoga:City Council meeting Dec .16.. The group voiced opposition to pro- posed plans for the school playfields and gave councilmembers information pack- ets that included letters from residents and a petition signed by almost 65 Marshall Lane neighbors opposed to the plan. Residents said the city's proposal to make improvements and construct sports fields on the grassy playground behind Marshall Lane School would:add to an already dan- gerous situation in the neighborhood. "We already have a traffic problem," one woman said. "That needs to be addressed.." Marshall Lane dead -ends at Marshall Lane School. Streets leading into the area are narrow and do not -have sidewalks. As it. is, another neighbor said,. the streets are too small to accommodate the trafiicAlready in. the neighborhood; much. less more. The protest comes two weeks after a small group of sports league volunteers and parents sought support .,from. the City Council for the construction of the fields. Those parents pointed out the desperate - need for more and improved playing fields. Initial ideas proposed for the site by the city Parks Development Task Force include reconfiguring the present infields, adding restrooms and a concession stand, Please turn to page 11 Marshall Lane Continued from page l replacing a dirt area with a hard court and planting trees. The plans for Marshall Lane School, which is one of three school sites pro- posed to get new fields, touched on an ongoing -and - often bitter— debate between sports league officials who need more fields _to accommodate ever - increasing rosters and residents in the Marshall Lane area who say the school can't take any increase in use._ In .March 1997, neighbors mounted strong opposition to a- proposal from Quito Little :League and the. Campbell Union School District to build two base- ball fields at Marshall Lane School. 'Now, residents told councilmembers last week, the idea for sports facilities at Marshall Lane has returned, albeit from the city. The neighbors, one woman said, feel betrayed. Proposals for all three school sites — Marshall Lane, Foothill and Blue Hills= . have yet to go back before the Parks and Recreation .Commission. Once revised, the plans in concept must win the approval of the commission and ulti- mately the City Council. --, r% lk A-IL KVILTrp fA Dv Vol. 45, No. 49 Wednesday,.December 9,1998 PARENTS, SPORTS LEAGUERS VOICE SUPPORT FOR PLAYFIELD PLANS Marshall Lane residents seek support for the site Council stays out of battle .By SARAH LOMBARDO group of about 15 Marshall Lane= area residents sought support from the Saratoga City Council Dec. 2 for proposed plans to make improvements_ to playfields at the school site. The council stopped short of entering the debate between residents regarding the playfield plans. Newly elected mayor Jim Shaw did offer words of encouragement: "I appreciate the fact that people came and spoke [on the issue], and really hope every- one is listening," Shaw said. "If we work together, I'm certain that we can -bring together something_the residents and the city can be proud of." The groups of parents and Little League. volunteers said they had heard that a peti- tion from neighbors against the plan was in the works and asked councilmembers to back plans put forth by the city's Park Development Task Force, made up of members of area sports leagues, schools, and Parks and Recreation commissioners. Initial ideas for the school fields put forth at a public meeting Oct. 27 included changing the configuration of the current infields, adding restrooms.and a conces- sion stand, replacing a dirt area with hard court, and planting trees along the perime- ter of the site. Jay Beals, -of Beals Land -, scape Architecture, told residents the new fields would be used for farm'and:T-ball: Please turn to page 9 ME News . ..........9 . 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