RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Councilwoman Diane Williams knows there may be some public frustration when it comes to the completion of the 100-acre Central Park.
So planning officials are going back to the drawing board and asking residents what they want to see at the city’s largest park.
The City Council recently agreed to revise the long term planning document also known as the Rancho Cucamonga Central Park Master Plan. As part of that effort, the Park and Recreation Commission will hold a workshop Tuesday to get public input.
“In the big picture, we don’t need to hurry, we’ll be OK,” Williams said Friday afternoon.
Rancho Cucamonga’s Central Park has a community and senior center, a pavilion with picnic amenities, the Freedom Courtyard and playground built on 30-acres.
It’s been nearly a decade since officials were presented with plans for an aquatics center on a portion of 70 acres still not developed. There’s also been no further discussion to build lakes and passive open spaces.
Deputy City Manager Elisa Cox said the 30-year-old planning document has gone through a few iterations since it was first developed.
Under the latest plan, the city was proposing to build out the park in two 30-acre phases. The fourth phase would have added some amenities.
Development of the land, however, was also slowed by the economic recession. In addition, there is no funding source after residents in 2000 defeated a ballot measure that would have taxed residents $129 annually over a 20-year period to pay for development and maintenance of the park. Officials had also planned to use funds from its now defunct redevelopment agency to pay for construction costs.
Both Cox and Williams say the city is taking proactive measures by revising the master plan.
Breaking up the project in “buildable segments” of 3 to 10 acres increments could also help the city obtain grants to fund the expansion, Cox said.
Inevitably, Williams said, the public discussion will include the need for more sports fields. A soccer mom herself, Williams said she understands where they’re coming from, but the city has plans in place to add other sports fields elsewhere. Those plans will be shared with the public, she said.
“We want concepts that we haven’t seen before, something that will draw people here from a far distance,” she said.
Given the extreme drought conditions in the state, building an aquatics center wouldn’t have been a feasible plan, Williams said.
“I think it’s a good thing because the community has changed, so we feel we can work with them to do the right thing anything,” Williams said, referring to the delay.
Williams lightheartedly joked she didn’t think she’ll still be alive by the time all 100 acres of Central Park is built out.
And she’s fine with that – as long as there’s a plan in place.
“Anything we put in there we’ve also got to pay to maintain,” Williams said.
A total of three workshops will be held between Aug. 15 and Oct. 9. The goal, Cox said, was to find out what types of projects residents would want to see and which phase they’d like to see get top priority.
Public input will also be available online, including two community surveys. The city currently has one survey available online that can be accessed through a link on the city website.
Cox said dinner and childcare will be provided at Tuesday’s workshop.
After August, the two remaining workshops will be held Sept. 19 and Oct. 9. All workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Goldy S. Lewis Community Center.
For additional information regarding the Central Park Master Plan update, send an email to reVISION@CityofRC.us, visit www.CityofRC.us/reVISION or call contact 909-477-2700, ext. 2212.