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Park Projects

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. In September  2013, Council adopted a goal to enhance community sports and recreational assets.  Since then, Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding has been 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.

Park Amenity & Design Standards 

Park Rehabilitation & Playground Projects

The City of Santa Clara has prioritized the renovation of parks and replacement of playgrounds and related facilities to meet accessibility, consumer product safety guidelines, and to improve the recreational play value (see City CIP Budget #3178). Each project has planned opportunities for community input including neighborhood meetings, “Open City Hall” on-line surveys, and Parks & Recreation Commission meetings.

Active Park Rehabilitation Project

  • Montague Park Rehabilitation Project
    • In early 2015, the City initiated a community input process resulting in three conceptual design options.  No funds were available for park improvements at that time.   In October 2016, Council allocated $3.1M for the Montague Park Rehabilitation Project (see City CIP Budget #3184) 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. In early 2017, pathway safety lighting and tennis court resurfacing projects were complete. (Note:  SCUSD property and Montague Pool are not part of the scope of the Project.)
    • Request for Proposal (RFP)
    • Landscape Architect lead: Gates & Associates
    • Community Meeting #1: Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • Community Meeting #2: TBD

Active Playground Projects

  • Homeridge Park Playground Rehabilitation (2985 Stevenson Street)
    • Landscape Architect lead: Gates & Associates
    • Community Meeting #1: Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at the Park (if rain, then meet at CRC Kiely Boulevard)
    • Community Meeting #2: Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting March 20, 2018 7:00 pm



  • Bowers Park Playground Rehabilitation (2582 Cabrillo Avenue)
    • Landscape Architect lead:  Verde Design
    • Community Meeting #1: Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the SC Teen Center (2446 Cabrillo Avenue).
    • Pop-up Input Station at the Youth Activity Center, Halloween Party Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
    • Community Meeting #2: Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting, November 21, 2017
  • Machado Park Playground Rehabilitation (3360 Cabrillo Avenue)
    • Landscape Architect lead:  Verde Design
    • Community Meeting #1: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Machado Park Building.
    • Pop-up Input Station at the Youth Activity Center, Halloween Party Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
    • Community Meeting #2: Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting, November 21, 2017
  • Fuller Street Park Phase II - Sport Court
    • Landscape Architect lead:  David Volz
    • Community Meeting #1: Saturday, November 4, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the park (if rain, then meet at Youth Soccer Park). 
    • Community Meeting #2: Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting, April 17, 2018
  • Agnew Park Playground Rehabilitation
    • Landscape Architect lead: David Volz
    • Community Meeting #1: Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • Community Meeting #2: Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting, April 17, 2018



Completed Parks Projects

  • Central Park Annex Completed March 2018 (New Park Site)
  • Steve Carli Park Project Completed May 2017
  • Bracher Park Project Completed Fall 2016 

Tennis & Sport Court Projects

  • Resurfacing tennis court and basketball court playing surfaces helps maintain safe and playable conditions for the lifecycle of the use (tennis courts 5-7 years, basketball/volleyball courts when needed). In 2016 the City completed resurfacing 24 tennis &  basketball courts. The City will be adding additional sport court facilities based on neighborhood input and community needs.   
  • Buchser (SCUSD) Tennis Courts (New—TBA)

San Tomas & Monroe Neighborhood Park & Community Garden

The New San Tomas & Monroe New Neighborhood Park & Community Garden Project supports the Council goal to enhance community sports and recreational assets through acquisition and development of new parks to meet the growing needs. The new public park will include age appropriate playgrounds, 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 the existing creek trailhead and parking. It is funded through developer contributions and SCVOSA grant.

Additional Youth Soccer & Athletic Facilities

In November 2013, Council initiated a Youth Sports Complex Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study.  Completed in 2014, the analysis indicated that Santa Clara needs approximately 30 acres of new athletic facilities to serve the communities needs from recreational through competitive levels, including:  soccer (11 acres), multi-use fields (6 acres for baseball, softball, cricket, lacrosse, other field sports), tennis (2.5 acres, 10 courts, indoor sports gymnasium (2 acres/45k sq.ft. building), and space for BMX new/emerging/popular sports (4-5 acres), and support facilities (4 acres). While a single conceptual site is shown 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 soccer fields will be located at Reed & Grant Street, a gymnasium is incorporated into the design of the future Community Recreation Center, and renovated tennis courts are programmed for the Buchser Campus.

Reed & Grant Streets Sports Park

The Reed & Grant Street Sport Park Project proposes to construct a new community park facility that includes five lighted soccer fields (with multiple configurations), off street parking, a multi-purpose community recreation building, a landscaped promenade and entry plaza, a children’s playground with seating and picnic area, team gathering and spectator viewing areas, a maintenance yard, and a restroom building for the Raymond G. Gamma Dog Park.

Facility Condition Assessment Project (completed 2017)

The City engaged Kitchell/CEM in April 2017 to conduct a facility inventory and condition assessment of all Parks & Recreation assets and amenities in parks, park buildings, pools, and other recreational facilities. The Project was completed in December 2017.  The information has been incorporated into the City’s Enterprise Asset Management System (GIS) and the Work Order Management System (Lucity). The Report provides updated information for all assets including its location, condition, and current value; the Report provides the timing of, and the immediate and cumulative costs to budget for, repairs and replacements of each asset over a five year Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Budget and an asset 20 year life cycle forecast.  The Report provided updated information Nexus Studies used to calculate fees due in lieu of parkland dedication for new housing developments, and for park master plans to help define and/or prioritize capital improvement project scopes to fix, replace, renovate or upgrade park and recreation facilities.  The Parks & Recreation Facility Condition Assessment (Kitchell-2017) Executive Summary and Summary Reports can be accessed using the following links:

Central Park Master Plan Update

The City of Santa Clara will be preparing a Master Plan update for Central Park.  The Master Plan will help guide future rehabilitation, improvement and/or expansion projects; balancing current uses, historic character, and unique blend of passive park and active recreational spaces for community use. If the City funds construction of a new Community Recreation Center and International Swim Center (ISC), approximately three acres of the existing ISC site will be re-programmed for yet to be determined park and recreational uses.  The update will help address the City’s Parks and Recreation system-wide goals of:  health and fitness; inclusionary, sustainable, and age-friendly facilities; while supporting natural habitats and wildlife in our neighborhoods and community. In addition, the City has at various times considered: development of the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail alignment through the park; Park Service Center needs; Lawn Bowling Clubhouse replacement; Arbor Playground rehabilitation; Fatjo Field/clubhouse and Tennis Center improvements; adult fitness course; park habitat issues; ADA improvements; Safe Routes to Schools and connectivity; library expansion; and potential park expansion through land acquisition, among other possible improvements.

  • Central Park Master Plan Update - Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Community Meeting #1: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Community Recreation Center
  • Pop-Up Community Input at Sunset Cinema in Central Park on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm and at the  Holiday Tree Lighting Event in Central Park on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm.   
  • Community Meeting #2: Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting, Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

International Swim Center & Community Recreation Center Project

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


  • 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 


  • Financial Feasibility & Public Opinion Research
    • On April 4, 2017, Council engaged Project Financial Advisory, Limited (PFAL) to provide financial advisory, capital campaign, public opinion research, and project management services.  Over a nine month period, PFAL will develop and evaluate potential financial strategies and funding capacities and options; conduct community outreach and public opinion research on the options developed; explore capital campaign team formation to assist in raising private donations/grants; explore corporate sponsorships; and, propose potential public private partnership options to aid the City in project financing and delivery
      • Council Study Session #1: July 18, 2017
      • Council Study Session #2:  February 20, 2018
      • Council Study Session #3:  TBA

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