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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
FROM: RON ROSENFELD, DIRECTOR, RECREATION AND PARKS
DATE: JUNE 29, 2004
SUBJECT: PARKS, RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE STRATEGIC PLAN
Staff Coordinator: Matt Waters, Administrative Analyst
Approve the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Strategic Plan submitted by the Open Space Planning, and Recreation & Parks Task Force to be used as a guiding document for the future of recreation and open space in Rancho Palos Verdes.
On May 21, 2002 the City Council established an Open Space Planning, and Recreation & Parks Task Force to advise the Council on a range of recreation and open space issues affecting residents of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. Since that time, the Task Force has worked diligently to revise the existing Parks Master Plan that was adopted in 1989. At its January 10, 2004 Tactical Planning Workshop, the City Council identified the updating of the Parks Master Plan as one of its main goals. The Task Force presented a proposed conceptual plan for Upper Point Vicente Park and an update on the Task Force’s progress to the City Council at its January 20, 2004 meeting. After receiving considerable testimony from the public, the City Council decided that Lower Point Vicente should be reserved for passive purposes. Council further directed staff to explore other sites within Rancho Palos Verdes for Girls Softball fields. These actions prompted a revisiting of the Task Force’s mission and remaining tasks. At its April 6, 2004 meeting, the City Council discussed a summary report that outlined the Task Force’s progress and appointed Councilman Douglas Stern to serve as Interim Chair of the Task Force. Council also set June 29, 2004 as a date for a joint City Council/Task Force workshop.
All Task Force Subcommittees submitted their final reports to the Task Force at its May 12, 2004 meeting. Staff then worked with RRM Design Group consultants to incorporate their recommendations into an integrated draft of a Parks, Recreation and Open Space Strategic Plan. The Task Force discussed the Strategic Plan draft at its June 9, 2004 meeting and made a number of changes that have been incorporated into the current draft.
Throughout the Task Force’s existence it has been tasked with updating the Parks Master Plan, but after consulting with RRM Design Group and reviewing the reports and recommendations submitted and approved by the Task Force, the attached document is now
more accurately designated a strategic plan which, if adopted, would serve as a guiding document for future decisions affecting open space and recreation issues. This document provides an outline for potential site-specific implementations that could be considered as funding opportunities arise. Below is a summary of current, significant recreation issues raised by staff, City Council, and the Open Space Task Force.
The body of the Strategic Plan is devoted to a site-by-site description of all City-owned park sites and open space parcels. Each section details the individual site’s acquisition history, any improvements, deed restrictions, potential uses of the sites, implementation strategies, and possible action steps. Agua Armaga Canyon, the Portuguese Bend Landslide area, and Middle/Upper Filiorum, are identified as sites the City is currently attempting to acquire.
The report also summarizes the extensive public outreach effort that was conducted to better assess and identify the community’s goals, ideas, and issues regarding recreation and open space issues. This effort included a professional telephone survey of 500 RPV residents, meetings with stakeholders, and two facilitated public workshops. A motion was made at the Task Force’s June 9, 2004 meeting for the allocation of additional general funds to further analyze the public outreach effort. The motion failed for lack of a second. Reports on the public workshops and the telephone survey have been provided to Task Force members and the City Council. An executive summary of all the public outreach efforts was also provided to the Task Force and City Council and is included in the appendix of the Strategic Plan.
The appropriate use of open space and addressing recreation concerns are two of the most vital issues for residents of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. From its inception in 2002, the Task Force recognized that a clear and systematic approach was needed to address the magnitude and complexity of recreation and open space issues in this community. This strategic plan is intended to serve as a guiding document for addressing the future planning of the City’s parks, recreation and open space resources.
Director, Recreation and Parks
Parks, Recreation and Open Space Strategic Plan
Notes From the June 5, 2004 Visits to Potential Girls Softball Field Sites
Staff Notes Regarding Conceptual Trails Plan