June 24, 2019
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Music alive in Cotati Elder abuse rising in So Co School board follows its policy Doggone hot days are here! Groundwater sustainability fee adopted in Santa Rosa Plain Verity is hiring to work with survivors Would you make a great foster parent? Five vehicle crash shuts down Golf Course Dr. New fire station gets final direction Cotati fills Planning Commission Grand Jury report on SoCo jail system Illegal robocalls and spoofing Llamadas ilegales y spoofing Enroll in Transportation Security Administration Cotati’s code of conduct RP moves to curb false alarms Promotions in the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Homelessness spikes in RP Home delivery changes Boards approve plan to offset proposed groundwater fee Fresh faces on the CRPUSD board 73rd Miss Sonoma County competition held at Spreckels Straus Family Creamery moving to RP TAG building grand opening SSU named one of the best universities Newsom’s vision “cradle to career” RP Downtown project underway Schools, facilities and bonds: Plans but no money DUI driver crashes into 7-1 Teen arrested for shooting at RP RP votes to restrict fireworks Students almost ready for kindergarten Bad air quality cancels sports Official election winners as projected by the VOICE  RP swears in new council member 2018 local stories which made history ArtStart brings art to the RP Senior Center Holocaust piano now in Cotati CRPUSD seeking a new superintendent Superintendent search begins Cotati Council moves ahead Planning Commission approves hotel SSI and SSP recipients eligible for CalFresh benefits Fun family Christmas events in Cotati Cougars’ season comes to a tearful sad conclusion CalFresh clients get Feb. benefits early Rohnert Park Station Ave. update Cuts suggested for school district The “Healing Wall” comes to Sonoma County Cotati memorializes victims Rohnert Park considers firework restrictions CHP to check motorcycle safety in local area Cotati honors and appreciates Dr. Dominguez and Hawkins named as director and co-director for Hanna Institute University Elementary School to host Maker World at SSU Animal Shelter League of RP receives grant Cotati Council reshuffles seats Help save lives by donating blood New laws on purchasing and concealing handguns Fencing in Sonoma County School district leaders tackle 1.9m deficit School district seeking new superintendent Cotati protests CASA compact School district balances budget More high density in Rohnert Park Put down your phone April is distracted driving awareness month SSU Police make arrest in sexual assault case CRPUSD district’s good news in May The Community Voice endorses candidates DA’s office awarded DUI Prosecution Grant Rohnert Park kid joins TCU El Camino graduates Rohnert Park Council says we don’t need another agency Rancho students excel in Poetry Out Loud  SC public safety heroes of the year Don’t drive with an open container Traffic concerns top RP survey SSU Equestrian looks to go national Brace yourself for mosquitos Station Avenue project An offer has been made and accepted on Rohnert Park’s corporate yard SMART to offer free rides... Frightful, fun, free Halloween activities Cougars crush Ukiah Election projected winners November 6, 2018  Sonoma Clean Power offers no-cost energy upgrades Rancho advances to semifinals RP’s n­ew Director of Public Safety A stand-off with barricaded, suicidal woman ends safely in RP RP has a new director of public safety Mackenzie leaves SMART RP officers spent Sat. car chasing A shimmer of hope against the angry heavy sky SSU to host North Bay Women of Color conference Rancho’s TAG building, now a reality Mayors of So Co write angry letter Dodd’s college student food bill passes Rohnert Park caregiver arrested Sheriff’s canine apprehends convicted felon Public invited to give input on Downtown RP Site School board candidates voice opinions Woman stabbed on west side of RP LandPaths connects people to protected land Tech High Girl's Soccer Undefeated champions! AG Becerra issues consumer alert on price gouging in fire-affected communities Learn to docent at the SSU Fairfield Osborn Preserve New signs point in the right direction Where are the ski lifts? Is Cotati being targeted? New alcohol fees for Rohnert Park Sonoma State president testifies for tax relief for disaster victims Fixing Cotati’s roads RP driver identified Burglary suspect found with firearms State Farm property steams forward to Station Avenue Scrappers Steal Win RP Foundation issues grant Cotati allows second dispensary New residential building lands approved In Singapore Strait aboard a missile destroyer PG&E has a prediction model USCIS presents free training on how to apply for citizenship RP investigates new site for Corp. Yard Two arrested in RP motel for mail theft  Is Juuling the new norm? Cotati considers $15 min. wage No criminal charges filed against PG&E in northern Ca. wildfires  RP decides on west side Vintage race cars on Sonoma raceway track May CalFresh month celebration Rancho Cotate Band fundraiser BBQ Jessica Holman: Thirty-five years of Rancho Spirit Titans crush Mustangs Station Avenue gets final approval Cotati Council reviews trash plan Baseball League receives donation from local motorcycle club Cotati Police Chief Parish swears in new officer Garber A Sunday afternoon with retired football players Injury collision closes Golf Course Dr. Giving Kids Smiles in Rohnert Park Neighborhood watch meeting scheduled New Executive Director at SSU New interim superintendent Krispy Kreme Doughnuts comes to Rohnert Park  Cougars blow past Gauchos  Rohnert Park honors its Veterans and Servicemen CHP reminds all of increased crimes Cougars beat Bulldogs More than 276,000 Dreamers have renewed DACA White receives Matt Walsh Memorial RP and Sunday festivities SSU fraternity banned for five years Name correction: Cotati Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest Rancho crushes Analy CA Homemaker Association needs volunteers Active duty honorees at the RP Veterans Day program Santa now knows her secret CPI receives funding to offer counseling in schools Caltrans works toward decarbonizing California transportation The Rancho Cotati Rotary Club hosts Humanitarian Award dinner SSU and SCOE offer high school internship RP’s new interim police chief Big changes to big project in Rohnert Park A possibility for Snyder Lane to have four lanes soon Rohnert Park road updates Sheriff’s Detectives arrest SR man after controlled delivery of ecstasy pills. Cotati comes out against CASA Penngrove Community Church celebrates 120 years Cotati approves tree lighting City of Cotati has apartment housing parking problems Operators ordered to pay for false advertising violations Becerra urges Ca. businesses resources to help prevent human trafficking Possible change to parking rules Students at University Elementary discussing the labyrinth Rohnert Park City Council Candidates NHTSA reminds motorists to drive sober this season R P Foundation gives grants to NOAH and Petaluma Bounty Summit State Bank annual report FEMA awards Sonoma Water grant March for the blind highlights need for more accessible sidewalks Cougar to Bear — Simmons’ new pelt SRJC picks up local quarterback The Cougars defeat the Jaguars at homecoming New laws take effect Jan. 1 Kids and firefighters compete in RP RP local, Petri Alva, 14, a nationally recognized athlete SweetPea celebrates 31 years Seawolves serve up a victory Cardinals rout Cougars How to help victims of wildfires Polynesia celebrated at annual Pacific Islander Festival Fire storm anniversary Football in full swing, 3rd win Arrests and charges target Apple stores Annie Rasmussen Celebration of Life Revisiting those who lost it all: October wildfire victims still on the road to recovery SMART celebrates a year of service RP Public Safety report card Penngrove native set for amazing voyage Cotati votes opposition to oil leases SC neighborhood sues illegal pot grower Penngrove grassfire destroys buildings Cotati Accordion Festival still a hit after 28 years RP residents provide input in police chief search Forum hosted by WLV for RP City Council candidates Supply giveaways lend a hand to families Police officers inspect inside of car Lowerys help with campaign Yes on Measure W will keep fire stations open RP to host community forum for public safety director search Emergency Alert System Test Sept. 10 & 12 Spreckels and Alchemia connects community It wasn’t an easy fight but Rancho wins again RP Safety Dept. climbs in remembrance of 9/11/18 Back to school for Rohnert Park and Cotati Another tough break for roller derby RP waits to make update to emergency alert system Cougars slay Dragons Third pedestrian struck by SMART train Enjoying ribs Little ones with big Polynesian dancing spirit Sidewalk repair gets big break from City of RP RP Health Center celebrates anniversary Imitating major leaguers Rohnert Park waiting for approval for canine program

Plan approved for Station Ave. park

By: Katherine Minkiewicz
August 10, 2018

The Rohnert Park Parks and Recreation Commission met Monday evening to give the “OK” for the final park development plan for one of Station Avenue’s planned parks, a triangular shaped park with a kid friendly zone, a redwood preservation area and a small and large dog park for residents. With a desire for high quality park amenities, not all commissioners agreed that a proposed $700,000 budget would be adequate; however, in the end four of the commissioners present agreed to recommend the park’s final plan to city council.

Before Laulima landed the former 28-acre State Farm site, SunCal had planned various small parks in and around pockets of the downtown design centered around the SMART train station. 

When Laulima, a San Francisco based mixed-use developer, purchased the large property, parks and recreation commissioners and city staff voiced that they still wanted to include parks in the company’s plans for Station Avenue (formerly known as Rohnert Station — Laulima’s original given name for the future downtown site) since Rohnert Park is known for having family friendly parks in each neighborhood.

Following a downtown community charrette last fall, where residents had a chance to voice what they would like to see in a downtown, it was clear the community had a desire for parks, green spaces, dog parks and communal gathering spaces incorporated into the more urban style downtown plan.

Laulima followed suit on the desires of commissioners and residents and came up with 1.1 acres of proposed, dedicated park land. One piece of the 1.1 proposed park land is a triangular shaped park along with a smaller rectangular shaped park adjacent to Enterprise Drive.

In response to former commissioner comments on the proposed park, “The children’s play structure and dog park were increased in size, a fence will separate the small dog park and the large dog park and the gathering area park land was moved over to the adjacent park land,” said Zach Tusinger, City Planner II for the City of Rohnert Park.

For the dog park amenities, Laulima developers, Jes Slavik and David Bouquillon and builder planners have a variety of amenities in mind, such as doggie drinking fountains, playing tunnels, hoops and ramps. The children’s area would comprise of fun and interactive playscapes, slides and fall materials. The park would also have a stylish retaining wall in order to contain the area’s redwood trees.

Yet, these amenities also come with a cost and Commissioner Chris Borr said he was concerned the $700,000 budget and in lieu fee of around $881,325 for maintenance of other parks and projects, may not be enough.

“I think we are all very impressed with the concept and the plan, it really does provide an anchored downtown feel to the community… but I am somewhat concerned because of the amenities that are outlined here, $700,000 sounds like a lot of money, but I know that can go very quickly, especially around play structures,” Borr explained. “So what I am looking for is some level of comfort or guarantee that the amenities we are talking about tonight are covered.” 

To address those concerns, Slavik said they would like to come back to the commission with more detailed plans of what “they would be building with that budget number” and would work with staff to determine what sort of amenities would be implemented. 

However, Borr still expressed concerns as in the current market building supply costs can change on a dime.

After some tense back and forth regarding the budget, Mary Grace Pawson, director of developmental services for the city, said city staff reviewed and validated the budget the proposed budget.

“To some extent staff has validated the estimated budget for improvements. We get what’s called a bond estimate with the developer and at the end of the project we true it up against the real cost. So the $700,000 estimate comes from the real costs we saw at Twin Creeks Park, which has a children’s play structure, fall structures, a very nice covered picnic area, a full enclosed restroom and concession area and a picnic area and a developed softball field — high quality amenities and that is the budget range we are working in,” Pawson elaborated. 

Pawson also mentioned that this budget seems fitting since the proposed park is smaller and doesn’t have any restroom facilities planned.

Other concerns with the park included the tinier size of the small dog park, which was brought up by Commissioner Chair, Bonnie Black.

Developers said they would plan to make the small dog portion of the dog park larger.

Black mentioned they are excited for the plans and said of the overall park plans, “Everyone I think is much happier with these plans.”