Meeting Summary - March 2, 2017
Landscape Architect Phil Abey introduced the project concept and provided preliminary drawings based on community feedback from the first public meeting on 1/12/17 and from the survey results. City staff and project partners then facilitated small group discussions and collected ideas and feedback.
Albert Park Concept Plan
Project Introduction by Architect Phil Abey
- The City and community would like to make Albert Park usable by more people.
- The community has provided a list of desired improvements for Albert Park with a play area at the top of the list.
- A space is available between Marin Bocce and the community center building on B Street for a play area
- A play area designed for preschool and school-aged children can fit into available space without precluding future improvements in Albert Park.
- A play area would be served by adjacent parking and be a complementary use to the community center, Parkside, and the grassy meadow.
- A play area use would be ideal because it can support numerous users and can be designed to be visually porous.
- The proposed play area design is an interactive play experience inspired by natural elements.
Community Comments & Feedback
The majority of the meeting was spent in small groups with the plans and proposed playground elements for people to make comments and ask more questions of table facilitators.
The proposed design was well received by the attendees, which included 60 members of the community, city department staff, and the Parks & Recreation Commission. People mostly appreciated the use of natural materials, clear lines of sight through the playground area, the proposed restroom, and two points of entry away from the street. More consideration will be given to increasing the height of the fence from 4 to 6 feet along B Street, continuing the rod iron fencing used at Bocce instead of using black chain link, more seating areas inside the park, and adequate shade.