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Davey Glen Park to Take Precedence Over Belmont Sports Complex

The Belmont Parks and Recreation Department has its sights set on Davey Glen Park, followed by the Belmont Sports Complex.

The and the city of Belmont have recently taken a giant step forward in the design and development of the Davey Glen Park project, which has been in the works for close to two decades.

But some Belmont residents are worried that another important project may have been leap-frogged in the process.

The , comprised of three separate sports fields, each receiving huge amounts of traffic from local youngsters, is in significant need of new turf, as the current turfing has declined drastically since the Complex’s conception in the late 80s.

Parks and Recreations Director Jonathan Gervais said preliminary steps have been taken in the process to upgrade the complex in the form of .

“We’ve selected a firm to help us design the Sports Complex turf project,” Gervais said. “City council gave us permission to select a firm to decide how are we going to do this, what’s the drainage system going to look like, how are we going to rebuild the field; so we’re going to start moving ahead with that process of designing it.”

“That’s the main update, that we’ve gotten through that first hurdle,” he added.

According to Gervais, however, at the top of the priority list remains Davey Glen Park.

“Our department’s planning has been to move along with Davey Glen first, and then move on with the Complex, understanding that Davey Glen is a lot further in the design process and the Complex is just starting the design process,” Gervais said.

Just this past week, Gervais’ department, in conjunction with the Belmont City Council, settled upon the .

Three options were proposed to the council, each coming in at a different cost, but all above the park budget of $450,000. The final verdict was to begin raising extra funds to build Option Two, which would cost a little more than $630,000. But, if fundraising seems to be looking up, officials will aim for Option One, which is more than $800,000.

In the meantime, Gervais said the Sports Complex will be the next big project his department will undertake.

“What we’re trying to do is build a project pipeline, where we keep projects in the cycle,” Gervais explained. “One is going, such as Davey Glen, where the design is probably between 60 or 70 percent done, and the Complex is about zero to 10 percent. So we’re keeping things moving along on a path.”

“The Sports Complex does get the most visitors, there’s no doubt about it,” Gervais said. “The amount of use at the Sports Complex is incredible, and it’s a high priority for us.”

Money is another large reason why Davey Glen has taken precedent over the Sports Complex.

Currently, the $450,000 set aside for Davey Glen Park is in the Parks Department's account while the rest of the money is still attempting to be raised.

As far as the Sports Complex, Gervais estimates that re-turfing the field will exceed the $2 million mark, a mark the city is nowhere near approaching.

“The money to build the Sports Complex we don’t have sitting in an account,” Gervais said. “We’ll have to evaluate funding sources as the design comes along.”

Moreover, Gervais insists the city of Belmont is “underserved” as far as park space goes, and that the two decades worth of planning for Davey Glen Park is a plan that needs to come to fruition.

“Davey Glen has been in the works for a long time, beginning in 1992 with our master plan, which clearly stated that this was a priority,” Gervais said. “It’s been pretty much a city commitment for about 20 years.”

“In our minds, that’s a commitment that we need to be working on and we need to honor,” he said.

anon June 25, 2011 at 03:18 PM
4 belmont, it sounds like you are just looking for an argument. This is about discussion and accountable officials. If you are having a bad day I am sorry, but please refrain from insulting other Belmonters. Get a hobby/ walk your dog instead.
B. Serious June 25, 2011 at 04:14 PM
JOE, Read your own comments. You call out the city, you make false statements and you basically rant with some sort of grudge but no actual information. 4 Belmont seems to have actually looked into the information you claim to want and presented facts showing you to be just a bunch of hot air with a keyboard. Since you seem to be so afraid of putting in a park I was thinking you are the one who needs a hobby. If you want a discussion with the city officials, its easy, all meetings are public and posted, you can go to any of them and actually participate instead of sitting hidden by your keyboard. If you want to talk about facts please try to get them straight.
Forrest Durham June 29, 2011 at 07:57 AM
I hate to disagree with you 4-Belmont but as far as the city maintaining this property over the years in regards to fire prevention that is not true. I have lived right above where the park is going to be for several years and every year the weeds grow about two to three feet tall, then they die in the late Spring and early Summer. Nobody ever comes and removes them including the eucalyptus bark that lays all around the trees This is a very dangerous situation. It gets quite windy in that canyon at times and if there where ever a small fire started at the time it is windy (which is most days after 3:00 pm. the canyon would be engulfed in flames in a mater of minutes. I have been concerned over the years and have called the Fire Department a couple of times but they have done nothing. Now that the City wants this park all of a sudden there are trucks, several men and chippers cleaning up the property. Just last week I was home for awhile watching what they where doing and within 10 minutes I saw them cut down three eucalyptus trees. These trees where not even on the parks property they where on Dr. Lee's property. I'm not quite sure what's going on but I guess there determined to clean up the property. I just hope they don't plan on CUTTING DOWN all the trees.
anon June 29, 2011 at 02:55 PM
yes they spring into action for anything related to a photo op all right. This is not about a park, which is itself supposed to be about kids. It's about political desire, photo op's and the "I have to win" mentality of our local leaders. Like I said, Davey Glen is a priority all of a sudden...why? because they want to get well started before everyone realizes there is no parking, dangerous traffic, unspoiled nature and a lack of transparency/accountability on this project. Like nobody was actually in charge.
anon June 29, 2011 at 02:58 PM
I understand a neighbor has plans to film the work crew whenever they are there, in fear that they chop down more trees, and then say ooops.

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