Santa Clara Community Park Master Plan

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Santa Clara Park is a future community park site currently comprised of two open fields with informal walking paths on the north and east sides of Madison Middle School, off Wilkes Drive.

Parks and Open Space will host three public meetings to help create a vision and gather input on conceptual plans for this 35-acre park in Santa Clara.

Santa Clara Park is a future community park site currently comprised of two open fields with informal walking paths on the north and east sides of Madison Middle School, off Wilkes Drive.

Parks and Open Space will host three public meetings to help create a vision and gather input on conceptual plans for this 35-acre park in Santa Clara.

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    HAS ANY OF THE PLANNING SUGGESTIONS INCLUDED DEVELOPING SECTIONS OF THE PARK INTO "BIODIVERSITY GARDENS" OR "COMMUNITY VEGETABLE GARDENS?" https://www.biodiversitygardening.com/what-is-biodiversity-gardening.html

    AL asked 5 months ago

    Community gardens have been on the design table since the first workshop and the topic of biodiversity gardens has as well, thought not by that name specifically.  We love native plants but we we also know what it takes to maintain them in the context of a developed park and that has to be taken into consideration too.  As we develop more detailed plans and determine our construction and maintenance budget priorities we will consider where it could be appropriate.  We are currently in the master planning and phasing part of the process and have identified the three oxbows as having the most "natural" habitat worth preserving and possibly enhancing.  That is where our efforts would be concentrated for this park when we get to those phases of construction.

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    Have you considered the impact of greater traffic to this area? Have you considered the potential scenarios of misuse of your facility due to the minimizes law enforcement presence in the area?

    dbeaumont02 asked 10 months ago

    Yes, we have considered traffic coming to a community park.  That consideration happens very early, so that we know a park location is appropriate for the uses we plan for it.   As for "misuse scenarios" yes, we consider this from many angles when siting elements in the park and like to keep high visibility on them from public roads and our parking areas in general.  We do plan for gating the parking lot overnight and our restrooms are designed so they can be locked at night as well.  Having a park that is visible to everyone helps a lot.  We heard that everyone likes to use the park now and often for walking the perimeter.  Having that formal trail encircle the developed park helps us to get community "eyes" on the park which works really well with our other parks and park-watch program.  

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    Pickleball is a fast growing sport in the US and there are not enough courts in Eugene. This often results in waiting times at courts. There is basically nothing for Pickleball in the north Eugene area, and it would be nice if Pickleball courts were included in the Phase one plan.

    Bigduckfan asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your interest and requests for phasing priorities at Santa Clara Community Park.  We do have difficult choices to make in developing a phase 1 plan that focuses on priorities, needs and desires for this region of Eugene.  While our draft budget does not currently call for including any of the courts in the phase 1 plan it is still an ongoing design and budgeting effort and it has not been finalized yet.  We will be using the third survey to help us make those decisions so please fill out the survey if you have not already.  There is one piece of good news that we can share with regards to your concern for availability of Pickleball in north Eugene.  We do have a park that will be getting pickleball courts built in 2021 in north Eugene at Striker Field.  That is much sooner than the projected construction of Santa Clara Community Park and it will provide a park location in north Eugene for Pickleball.  

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    It maybe way to late in the process, but I was wondering if there was any thought to putting in a bicycle pump track at the Santa Clara Park. We just recently have gotten into the sport of BMX and have talked to riders about the pump track in Salem. I had no idea what that was until then. They said it is busy all of the time, I know there is a skate park is in the plan but there we have plenty skate parks in town but we do not have any pump tracks. Just a thought to make the park unique.

    JEICHNER asked 6 months ago

    The pump track would take considerably more space and yes, it is too late to bring this into the mix based on where we are in the public process.  Given the space needs of out other park items I'm not sure it would have physically fit with everything we are planning for this park.  Thank you for suggesting it though and do bring it up again if see an opportunity in a future park design process, first meetings are great for casting a wide net and putting all ideas on the table for others to rally around.

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    For the playground, it would be great to have a nature park playground. All the newer parks in Eugene are starting to all look the same (of course they are wonderful and much appreciated) but I used to drive 40min to take my kids to Westmoreland Park Nature Playground. Something similar I think would be wonderful for the kids in the area to play and get their energy out while surrounded by natural materials

    samrunswild asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your suggestion.  Nature play has definitely been on our radar in recent years but it does not necessarily replace the need for children's play equipment and especially all inclusive play equipment.  Nature play is something that could be considered in addition to the playground shown, perhaps in conjunction with the Community Center in a future phase but it definitely needs more thought and due diligence.  We will study this and consider it as we work up our final master plan and look for similar interest from community members on the surveys as well.

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    I just had a general comment about the profile question for which ward we live in. I currently live off of Wilkes but my block is not annexed so is County and I had to answer that i do not live in Eugene even though I live in Santa Clara. I would think it would be helpful in the future if there was additional options for the Ward question to indicate "Non Annexed Santa Clara Resident". Thanks

    eyrmon asked 10 months ago

    Good point, I will let our administrators know.  This is a setting in the larger Engage Eugene platform so it would it would need to be changed in a setting that affects all of the projects on the website if that is a possibility.  Thank you for sharing.


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    40+ year Santa Clara resident and I just got back from visiting Hileman Landing Park about a mile away from Madison Middle school and based on its current state how can we afford anything more? Hileman appears untouched by any park or service people, not even a garbage can in parking lot. What Dept would be managing this site?

    MattBryant asked 10 months ago

    Hello Matt,

    Hileman Landing Park is a Lane County park and is not maintained by the City of Eugene. 

    In 2018, the Parks and Recreation Bond measure and the Operating Levy were passed after receiving strong support from the community for Eugene Parks and Recreation. Santa Clara Community Park is a City of Eugene Park and was identified and prioritized for master planning in 2020 with a phased construction. The bond provides the design and construction funding for phase 1 and the levy provides the operating funding for that portion of the park.

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    I'm hoping there will be a variety of adaptive/inclusive areas included. Sam Johnson Park near Redmond has an awesome piece of equipment- a high backed adaptive swing on a zip line! So many wheelchair users never get a chance to enjoy a more thrilling activity. This looked really fun! Will you be including the differently abled in your planning sessions to get their input?

    SLoraine asked 10 months ago

    Great question and timing.  Yes, we will be looking to include as much adaptive play as we can and are hoping to hear these kinds of ideas from our interested community members in Santa Clara.  Thank you for sharing, I think this is the zip line you were referring to, I'll post for others to see as well.

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    How do I go about requesting a designated, fenced, off-leash dog park? Smiles...Birdie

    birdie asked over 1 year ago

    Great question Birdie! There were a few similar requests at our February workshop so you will definitely see that as an option included in our upcoming online survey. There will likely be an additional comments section where you can expand on that, if needed. With enough public interest and support, we would discuss that and many other ideas at our next workshop.

    Thank you for engaging with the Santa Clara Park design process.

    Mark


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    I would for eugene to add a skatepark for this 35 acre site. Would you consider that?

    Angel1995$5 asked over 1 year ago

    Angel1995$5,

    Yes, we will consider a skatepark and look forward to discussing that with a larger group. It’s always interesting and informative to discuss the possibilities, especially for a park that will reach so many people in the Santa Clara community. If you weren’t able to attend the February workshop, I’ll give you an overview of where we are in the planning process. Right now is the time to “cast a wide net” and get all of our possible ideas on the table, skate park included. It doesn’t guarantee that we will have one but be we will absolutely consider it. For a community park to be successful we need meaningful conversations about everyone’s ideas and ideally get feedback from a broad cross section of the public. If you and your friends are passionate about a skate park then we would really like to hear from you. Please look for “skate park” in our upcoming online survey and continue to give us feedback throughout this process.

    Thank you for taking the time to engage with our Santa Clara park design process,

    Mark