The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the authorization of a bid process and subsequent award of a construction contract for Live Oak Park playground improvements.
The supervisors’ 5-0 vote May 21 also appropriated $158,000 for those improvements, authorized a donation from the Live Oak Park Coalition, and found the project categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review.
“Through the allocation of Park Land Dedication funds and a donation from the Live Oak Park Coalition, funding has been established for improvements and maintenance,” said Supervisor Bill Horn. “Now the county will advertise and award a contract to the bidder who can provide the best work at the most reasonable price.”
The Park Land Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) authorizes a fee to be paid by developers which helps fund park improvements in the area of the development. PLDO funding can be used only for active recreation parks but not for open space or trails. The PLDO money can be used for acquisition but not for maintenance or operations, and PLDO funding can be used for replacing playground equipment or other renovations but not for restoration of historic structures.
County Service Area No. 81 covers parks in Fallbrook, DeLuz, and Rainbow and, although the Board of Supervisors is the actual governing board of CSA No. 81, a local advisory committee exists. In November 2013, the CSA No. 81 advisory committee voted to place the Live Oak Park playground improvements on its five-year priority list and in January 2014 the advisory committee unanimously recommended allocating $113,000 of PLDO funds for the project.
The remaining $45,000 is from a donation from the Live Oak Park Coalition. The Board of Supervisors action also authorized board chair Dianne Jacob to sign a letter of appreciation on behalf of the county to the Live Oak Park Coalition.
Live Oak Park currently includes playgrounds, exercise stations, tennis and volleyball courts, soccer and baseball fields, shade pavilions, picnic areas, and an amphitheater. The improvements will replace the existing playground wood fiber surface with a solid rubberized surface, and a metal structure will be installed to provide shade.
The total estimated cost of the construction contract, including contingency, is $124,800. The remaining $33,200 will be used for project design, inspection services, construction management, and project administration. The county’s Department of Parks and Recreation will be responsible for operating and maintaining the improvements once they are completed.
The construction for the improvements is expected to begin in fall 2014 and be completed by spring 2015.