$158,000 to be spent on Live Oak Park playground – New shade structure, rubberized playground surface on tap

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.

3 Responses to "$158,000 to be spent on Live Oak Park playground – New shade structure, rubberized playground surface on tap"

  1. Joemamma   June 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    What are they doing exactly? Are the gong to make the existing playground bigger, or are they putting in new playgrounds in other locations throughout the park?

  2. kma   June 16, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Anyone who builds or even remodels a home, pays about $800 per living unit towards this park fund. It is about time this area saw some parks funded and managed by these funds instead of ONLY by our local nonprofit clubs & orgs.

  3. AH   June 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Prerhaps trimming of the trees can be utilized. The most recent event 2 weeks ago during the Bonsall School field trip had a near 30 foot limp of one of the oaks directly over the picnic area break off just missed killing 3 children. Police and fire rescue both explained the shear size of the limp having missed all of the 100 plus children and adults was nothing short of amazing. Minor injuries were nothing short of a miracle. Limb took 6 men to drag out of the area before equiptment was brought in to remove it. Everyone at the park was very helpful and professional but that was one scary day. We love this park but wiring branches to base of trees just seems like the wrong approach. I realize this could change the canopy of the park but imagine having a child pass away instead.


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