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The Parks & Recreation Department maintains the City’s 52 acre Central Park, 24 neighborhood parks, 4 mini parks, public open space, recreation & senior center buildings and athletic facilities, 11 swimming pools at five sites, and by agreement several Santa Clara Unified School District facilities and the Mission College Sports Complex. Project funding is prioritized and allocated on an annual basis from available sources such as the Capital Project Reserve Fund, the  Housing Development Impact Fees (subject to Quimby Act & Mitigation Fee Act) and supplemented with grants, corporate and individual donations.

The City of Santa Clara has prioritized the renovation and replacement of parks playgrounds and related facilities to meet accessibility, consumer product safety guidelines, and improved recreational play value.  Look for opportunities for community input through the Parks & Recreation Commission and Open City Hall surveys.

Playgrounds (CIP #3178)

The City of Santa Clara has prioritized the renovation and replacement of parks playgrounds and related facilities to meet accessibility, consumer product safety guidelines, and to improve the recreational play value.  Opportunities for community input are available through the Parks & Recreation Commission, “Open City Hall” surveys, and planned neighborhood meetings as a key component of each project.  

Bracher Park Improvements & Playground (Completed Fall 2016)

Steve Carli Park Playground (Installation May 2017)

Homeridge, Bowers, Machado Playground Rehabilitation (2018)

The Multiple Park Playground and Amenity Rehabilitation Project will focus on Homeridge Park (2985 Stevenson Street), Bowers Park (2582 Cabrillo Avenue), and Machado Park (3360 Cabrillo Avenue). 

Tennis & Sport Court Resurfacing & Lighting Projects (CIP #3003)

Resurfacing tennis court and basketball court playing surfaces helps maintain safe and playable conditions and extend the lifecycle use (tennis courts 5-7 years, and basketball courts when needed).

  • City Tennis Courts—Completed 2016
  • Buchser (SCUSD) Tennis Courts (New—TBA)
  • Fuller Street Sport Court (New—TBA)

San Tomas & Monroe New Neighborhood Park & Community Garden (CIP #3182)

The San Tomas & Monroe New Neighborhood Park & Community Garden Project supports the Council goal to enhance community sports and recreational assets.  The Project proposes to construct a new public park that includes an age appropriate playground, restroom building, picnic and BBQ areas, community garden, outdoor classroom, entry plaza, grass lawn, pollinator garden, native plants, gathering plaza, off leash dog area, and additional parking in addition to existing creek trail connections and parking.  It is funded through developer contributions and grants.

Schematic Design & Review—Completed 2016

Environmental Review (CEQA) Initial Study—Mitigated Negative Declaration—Adopted January 24, 2017

Additional Youth Soccer & Athletic Facilities

On September 24, 2013 Council adopted a goal to “Enhance Community Sports and Recreational Assets” with a focus on the immediate demands on soccer facilities and the future need for additional community recreation athletic facilities. On November 12, 2013 Council approved proceeding with a Youth Sports Complex Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study. In 2014, the Parks & Recreation Department conducted a public process with stakeholders and community input.  The analysis indicated that Santa Clara needs about 30 acres of new athletic facilities to serve the growth and demand at both the competitive and recreational levels, including: four soccer fields, a multi-use field (baseball, softball, cricket, lacrosse, other field sports), 10 tennis courts, a gymnasium and space for new/emerging/popular sports. While the need is ideally depicted at one site in the Youth Sports Complex Concept Plan, the facilities may be located at multiple sites. The City intends to address the needs as sites are identified and funding becomes available.  For example, new youth soccer fields will be located at Reed & Grant Street (see CIP#3177), and a gymnasium is incorporated in to the design of the new future Community Recreation Center (see CIP#3172), and tennis courts will be renovated at Buchser Campus.

Reed & Grant Streets Sports Park (CIP #3177)

The Reed & Grant Street Sport Park Project supports the Council goal to enhance community sports and recreational assets.  The Project proposes to construct a new public park facility that includes five lighted youth soccer fields (with multiple configurations), off street parking, a multi-purpose recreation building, a landscaped promenade and entry plaza, a children’s playground with seating and picnic area, team gathering and spectator viewing areas, and a maintenance yard and restroom building for the Raymond G. Gamma Dog Park.  The site is located at the southwest corner of Reed Street and Grant Street in Santa Clara.  The Project is funded through City and new housing developer Mitigation Fee Act funds.

Environmental Review (CEQA) Initial Study—Mitigated Negative Declaration—Adopted March 28, 2017

International Swim Center & Community Recreation Center Project (CIP #3172)

This Project proposes a new 171,000 square foot International Swim Center (ISC), Community Recreation Center (CRC) and International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) and related parking to consolidate and replace the existing, aging 3 acre facility in Santa Clara’s Central Park.  The new facility will provide additional capacity and address the future program needs of the community including:  recreation, health & wellness;  warm water therapy;  water safety & learn to swim;  cultural and performing arts;  and, aquatic competition, among other existing and new program areas.

Schematic Design & Review—Completed 2016

Environmental Review (CEQA) Initial Study—Mitigated Negative Declaration & Architectural Review—Completed Fall 2016

  • File Numbers: CEQ2015-01189 (IS/MND)/ PLN2015-10939 (Architectural Review)
  • ISC-CRC-ISHOF Planning Application Architectural Plan Submittal (9-2015) (PDFs)
    Part A | Parts B-C | Parts D-E | Parts F-I 

ISC-CRC-ISHOF Project—Financial Advisory Consultant Team

  • On April 4, 2017, the City of Santa Clara engaged Project Financial Advisory, Limited (PFAL) to provide financial advisory, capital campaign, public opinion research, and project management services for Capital Improvement Project #3172 International Swim Center, Community Recreation Center, International Swimming Hall of Fame.  Over an approximately 32 week timeline, the team will develop and evaluate potential financial strategies and funding capacities and options; conduct community outreach and public opinion research on the options developed; form a capital campaign team to assist in raising private/corporate donations and sponsorships; and, propose potential public private partnership options to aid the City in project financing and delivery.

Parks Facility Condition Assessment Project (CIP# 3181)

The City has engaged Kitchell/CEM to conduct a facility inventory and condition assessment of all parks and recreation assets and amenities in parks, park buildings, pools and other recreational facilities.  Approved by Council on April 4, 2017, the work supports the Council Goal to enhance community sports an recreational assets.  The Project to be completed by the December 2017 will provide detailed information about each park and it’s amenities, a facility condition index, and a list of capital infrastructure and preventative maintenance projects for budgeting and forecasting purposes. The information will be incorporated into the City’s Enterprise Asset Management System and the Work Order Management System (Lucity);  this will make the Department of Parks & Recreation more efficient, proactive, and responsive in tracking and addressing park maintenance concerns and anticipating system needs. The information developed will also be used to update the Parks Impact Nexus Study.

Request For Proposals (RFP)—Montague Park Rehabilitation—Professional Design, Engineering, Outreach Services

The Parks & Recreation Department has released an RFP for professional design, engineering and outreach services that will initiate a community discussion of options and development of a final schematic design for review and consideration by the Parks & Recreation Commission and City Council.   An initial community input process held in early 2015 resulted in 3 conceptual design options, but no identified funding source.  In October 2016, Council allocated funding in the amount of $3.1M for a Montague Park Rehabilitation Project to include the community building/restroom, basketball court, new perimeter pathway, replacement of the non-compliant playground, and refurbishment of the picnic area, and to explore a “place making” option to potentially re-arrange park features to address issues of access, parking, traffic and use of the grass meadow.  The pathway safety lighting and tennis court resurfacing projects have been completed.   SCUSD property is not part of the scope of the City project.  

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) — Notice of Established List of Pre-Qualified Firms

The City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department established a pre-qualified list of firms to assist with multiple public works parks projects (RFQ process deadline August 10, 2015).  The City may use the pre-qualified list, at its sole and absolute discretion, for selection of firms and negotiations of contracts for three (3) years following establishment of the pre-qualification notification date (August 21, 2015 to August 20, 2018). Contracts issued to pre-qualified firms will have terms of varying lengths depending on the City’s needs, but in no case longer than five (5) years. The City reserves the right to procure services similar or identical to the services specified in this RFQ by other means. No pre-qualified Respondent is guaranteed a contract pursuant to this process or any other.




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