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Public planning meetings for Pioneer Park addition

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The Central Plumas Recreation and Park District has scheduled three public planning meetings for the future development of recent additions to Pioneer Park. The purpose of the planning meetings is to solicit and accept site recreational use ideas and general community input regarding the future development and use of the district’s new park properties located in East Quincy, according to recreation and park district general manager Jim Boland.

The district made an opportunity purchase of the three-acre site east of the Pioneer Pool in 2009. More recently, the district also acquired the adjacent one-acre former USFS Scaling Station site through the Public Lands to Parks Program, at no cost. “Combined, the two properties have the potential to offer vehicle access and off-street parking as well as the accommodation of future park and recreation improvements,” Boland said.

In 2010, the district conducted three public site familiarization tours of the property. The next phase is to solicit public input regarding potential recreation use concepts and possible designs schemes. Key considerations for any potential future use or design concepts will include:

Compatibility with local planning regulations, neighboring properties and related uses.

Current or projected facility deficiencies for existing core recreation programs.

Identified additional community recreation facility needs.

Capacity of district to operate and maintain a new park facility.

Capacity of a new park facility to generate revenue to help offset expenses.

The plan is to start with broad concepts at the first meeting, refine conceptual ideas that are in concert with district planning criteria as part of the second meeting, and attempt to finalize a park use and design concept by the end of the third meeting.

At least one district board member will be in attendance at each public planning meeting. “Our goal is to present to the district’s full board of directors a fairly refined site use and improvement plan by their regular meeting in late April,” Boland said. Following board approval, the district intends to submit a grant proposal, due by July 1, to the state through the competitive Proposition 84 Park Bond Act.

The site planning meeting dates are as follows:

Tuesday, March 15, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Quincy Library: Broad concepts.

Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. – noon at the Quincy Library: Conceptual refinements.

Tuesday, April 12, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Mineral Building of the Quincy Fairgrounds: Finalization of a site use and improvement concept to forward to the district’s board of directors.

“This is an exciting opportunity for members of our community to participate in the planning, design and eventual development of new park property in East Quincy — we hope to get broad community representation and a good turnout at all three of the planning meetings,” Boland said.

For more information regarding the upcoming planning meetings or the district’s planning process, contact Jim Boland at the district office, 283-3278.


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