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Danville council set to review skate park feasibility study

Sycamore Valley Park identified as ideal location for skate park

Skateboard enthusiasts can hear the latest update on the town's effort to potentially bring a new skate park to Danville, as the Town Council is set to discuss the feasibility study analyzing locations and park features Tuesday evening.

A feasibility study by an outside consulting firm has identified a portion of Sycamore Valley Park, near Sycamore Valley Elementary School, as the best location for a potential skate park.

No decision is expected be made over the fate of the skate park, but the meeting is an opportunity for residents to learn about the proposed project and have their opinions heard.

“It appears that by and large there is strong support for a skate facility within the Town of Danville, with the outstanding challenge being identifying the ideal location,” wrote Aaron Spohn, president of Spohn Ranch Consulting, the company that conducted the feasibility study. “We know a successful project meets the needs of as many stakeholders as possible, which includes those who will not be skate park users themselves, but could be impacted by a new park.”

Proposed changes to address community concerns over the location of the park include moving the park farther away from busy Camino Tassajara, reducing the overall size of the park by 30% and eliminating any dedicated night lighting.

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No town funding has yet been designated for construction of a park -- which is still in the very early planning stages -- but at current estimates, Spohn projects that the project will cost approximately $65 to $80 per square foot. At 17,500 square feet, that is an estimated total of $1.14 million to $1.4 million.

Other potential locations include Osage Station and Diablo Vista parks.

The Town Council's regular meeting is set to start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St. in downtown Danville.

In other business

* Danville Police Chief Allan Shields will join the meeting to update the council and community on crime, traffic collision rates and police engagement with the community in the town over the past several months.

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Some key takeaways from his report include; traffic accidents are down 11% compared to this time last year and are up just under 1% from 2016; police have received 180 property crime reports so far this year, and increase by 15 compared to 2017.

Shields will also report on the various community engagement programs police participate in, such as coffee with the cops and the citizens youth academy.

* Councilwoman Lisa Blackwell and Vice Mayor Robert Storer will give the community an update on how the town’s switch from PG&E to Marin Clean Energy is affecting the community.

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Danville council set to review skate park feasibility study

Sycamore Valley Park identified as ideal location for skate park

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Uploaded: Mon, Sep 17, 2018, 2:31 pm

Skateboard enthusiasts can hear the latest update on the town's effort to potentially bring a new skate park to Danville, as the Town Council is set to discuss the feasibility study analyzing locations and park features Tuesday evening.

A feasibility study by an outside consulting firm has identified a portion of Sycamore Valley Park, near Sycamore Valley Elementary School, as the best location for a potential skate park.

No decision is expected be made over the fate of the skate park, but the meeting is an opportunity for residents to learn about the proposed project and have their opinions heard.

“It appears that by and large there is strong support for a skate facility within the Town of Danville, with the outstanding challenge being identifying the ideal location,” wrote Aaron Spohn, president of Spohn Ranch Consulting, the company that conducted the feasibility study. “We know a successful project meets the needs of as many stakeholders as possible, which includes those who will not be skate park users themselves, but could be impacted by a new park.”

Proposed changes to address community concerns over the location of the park include moving the park farther away from busy Camino Tassajara, reducing the overall size of the park by 30% and eliminating any dedicated night lighting.

No town funding has yet been designated for construction of a park -- which is still in the very early planning stages -- but at current estimates, Spohn projects that the project will cost approximately $65 to $80 per square foot. At 17,500 square feet, that is an estimated total of $1.14 million to $1.4 million.

Other potential locations include Osage Station and Diablo Vista parks.

The Town Council's regular meeting is set to start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St. in downtown Danville.

In other business

* Danville Police Chief Allan Shields will join the meeting to update the council and community on crime, traffic collision rates and police engagement with the community in the town over the past several months.

Some key takeaways from his report include; traffic accidents are down 11% compared to this time last year and are up just under 1% from 2016; police have received 180 property crime reports so far this year, and increase by 15 compared to 2017.

Shields will also report on the various community engagement programs police participate in, such as coffee with the cops and the citizens youth academy.

* Councilwoman Lisa Blackwell and Vice Mayor Robert Storer will give the community an update on how the town’s switch from PG&E to Marin Clean Energy is affecting the community.

Comments

Concerned Parent
Danville
on Sep 18, 2018 at 6:24 am
Concerned Parent, Danville
on Sep 18, 2018 at 6:24 am

A skatepark next to an elementary school? Lacks common sense no? Do you want to see ugly concrete or a pretty fountain/grass when you drive by sycamore valley park every day? The fountain is very popular for kids and teens for prom and family pics! Btw Spohn is an Alabama company looking to make money in Danville. This “by and large” quote is a blatant lie! The park and Rec commission meeting had a huge turnout of concerned parents loudly protesting the Sycamore location. Wait till the full PTA shows up!


Geoff Gillette
Registered user
Danville
on Sep 18, 2018 at 10:02 am
Geoff Gillette, Danville
Registered user
on Sep 18, 2018 at 10:02 am

Good morning!

I just want to take a moment to remind everyone that the Village Theatre Parking Project is underway, which means that parking along Front Street for tonight's Council meeting will be in short supply. If you plan on attending the meeting, please allow yourselves some extra time to park.

Thanks!

Geoff Gillette
Public Information Officer
Town of Danville


Concerned citizen
Sycamore Valley Elementary School
on Oct 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm
Concerned citizen, Sycamore Valley Elementary School
on Oct 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm

A skatepark is a very bad idea for such a beautiful and tranquil place like Sycamore Valley Park. Danville Police will always be busy with a new Danville "hot spot" as well as ambulance services. Plus increased traffic and noise - home values in the Meadowcreek community across the street will be negatively affected.


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