Since 1987 there have been several versions of the vision of Central Park. An update to the latest version was needed in order to better meet the residents' needs; and create a plan for smaller buildable segments that can be built over time, WHEN funding is available. Community input and engagement has been a part of the various versions of the Plan; this participation is an important part of creating that vision.
At this time, funds are not available for expansion of Central Park. This process was to update the existing Central Park Master Plan to create a vision for a fiscally and environmentally responsible park space. Revisioning buildable segments of space and amenities in 3 - 10 acre improvements provides greater opportunities for developing as we continue to search for potential grants, donations and other funding sources. Without a vision, there can be no plan.
In 2012, after the elimination of Redevelopment Agencies, the State of California took over $100 million dollars in cash from the City of Rancho Cucamonga, funds that had been saved by the City over many years for projects like the construction of Central Park. These funds will not be recovered or paid back to the City.
Since August 2017 City staff and RJM Design Group, along with the community, participated in several workshops and online surveys. Each workshop built upon the others to determine the community's priorities for preferred park programs and facilities. In February 2018 the community was invited to attend a Report Back to hear all of the compiled information during a formal presentation of the revised Master Plan and for a Q&A opportunity.
Before the Central Park Master Plan Update’s final adoption by the City Council, an environmental impact report (EIR) will be conducted on the programs and uses described in the Master Plan. EIRs are reports that inform the public and public agency decision-makers of significant environmental effects of proposed projects, identify possible ways to minimize any effects, and if necessary, describe reasonable alternatives to those projects. This will be the first Central Park Master Plan to undergo an EIR in an effort to make it easier to begin construction for the different buildable segments when funding becomes available. It is estimated that the EIR will take 12-18 months and that the final Central Park Master Plan and EIR will be adopted and certified by the City Council in mid- to late-2019.
As there is currently no funding to build out Central Park, staff will begin to look for partners and opportunities to apply for grants to construct the smaller segments of the plan, one by one. One such opportunity could be a grant from the State of California, if voters approve Proposition 68 on the November 2018 ballot. Proposition 68 would authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection and restoration projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects. Some of this money may go to each city based on population, and other funds could likely be available through a competitive grant process, similar to the funding and process the City obtained for Los Amigos Park.
As they say, “Rome was not built in a day” and neither will Central Park. But with this community driven Master Plan, City leaders have a roadmap to develop Central Park as funding becomes available, with an anticipated buildout over the next 15-30 years.
City Council Workshop
On February 7, 2018 City Council met for a Study Session regarding the draft for the Central Park Master Plan Update. Click or tap here to view the Special Meeting Agenda from that meeting.