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  Item # 15.       
Meeting Date: 10/26/2020  
FROM: Cameron Harding

Receive and File Presentation on the Arnold Cypress Park Rehabilitation Community Outreach and Provide Direction on the Conceptual Design
1. Receive and file the Arnold Cypress Park Rehabilitation Community Outreach report, conceptual plan and budget; and

2. Provide direction on the conceptual design, including potential changes to proposed amenities; and

3. Direct the City Manager to issue a Request for Proposal for the preliminary design of Arnold Cypress Park based on the conceptual design and City Council adjustments; and

4. Include the Arnold Cypress Park rehabilitation project, along with identified funding, in the FY 2021-22 Seven Year Capital Improvement Plan.
The City Council’s Strategic Plan includes an objective to present the results of the Arnold Cypress Park rehabilitation community outreach and a conceptual design and budget to the City Council for direction.

In January of 2020, the City Council retained a park design architect, Richard Fisher Associates (RFA), to lead community outreach as the first step in reimagining Arnold Cypress Park. The City Council also directed that the reimagined park continue to serve as the home for Cypress Girls’ Softball.

RFA conducted three community meetings targeting residents, youth sports groups and other interested parties to ascertain desired amenities and improvements at Arnold Cypress Park. Online questionnaires on the website and social media were also available for those who could not attend a community meeting.

Forty-five participants attended the community meetings and 645 completed questionnaires. After reviewing the 2017 Facility Condition Assessment and community input, RFA recommends potential upgrades to the park including:
  • Four softball fields
  • Batting cages
  • Six pickle ball courts
  • One multi-use court
  • Centralized restroom and concession building
  • Basketball/volleyball court
  • Playground areas
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Walking/jogging path with exercise equipment stations
A conceptual design showing how these amenities could be laid-out is attached.

Amenities Considered/Suggested But Not Included

Consistent with the City Council’s direction to keep the park as the home for Cypress Girls’ Softball, the conceptual design includes four softball fields. The space dedicated for the fields constrains amenities suggested by the community that might otherwise be proposed, including:
  • Swimming pool (operational costs are also beyond the District's resources)
  • Splash pad
  • Memorial for veterans/first responders (Veterans Park serves this role)
  • Disc golf course (nearby El Dorado Park includes a course)
  • Skate park (amenity at Veterans Park)
Many community meeting and survey participants from outside Cypress advocated for a dedicated roller sports amenity. While one is not included in the conceptual design, this use could be accommodated in the multi-use court or as flexible space in part of the parking lot.

Other amenities that were suggested (for example park benches and pet waste bag dispensers) are considered as the conceptual design evolves during the preliminary design process.
None. Arnold Cypress Park rehabilitation is included as an unfunded project ($10,450,000) in the Capital Improvement Program. Once a park designer is identified, an agreement for the preliminary design and an associated budget amendment will be presented to the City Council for consideration.  Public Works will estimate project's cost once the preliminary design is complete.
None required.
APPROVED BY: Peter Grant, City Manager
Richard Fisher Associates Conceptual Plan Arnold Cypress Park


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