Community outreach update: Here’s what is coming next for parks in Curtis Park

For the past several months, the City’s Department of Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment (YPCE) has continued discussions regarding park use in the Curtis Park neighborhood. YPCE is currently exploring potential renovations that support community use at Sierra 2 Park and Curtis Park.

Staff recently held a community meeting reviewing survey feedback on park use and potential plans at the two parks. Since that meeting, staff have worked to develop a draft action plan outlining interim solutions and next steps.

“We’ve had many conversations with community members over the past several months and are listening to the feedback and working to provide a plan that benefits all park users,” YPCE Director Jackie Beecham said. “Our goals with this plan are to continue community engagement as we develop solutions and any potential renovations.”

In December 2022, a temporary pop-up dog park was installed using equipment from a previous PetSmart partnership to allow off-leash dog activity to safely continue at Sierra 2 Park. This fencing will soon be relocated in response to community feedback.

The new layout will see the temporary dog park placed between the playground and basketball courts, providing tree shade and a water fountain with a dog bowl. The relocation is expected to be completed in early April.

The updated layout will also allow Parks Maintenance staff to begin field maintenance on the sports field in preparation for permitted sports field use.

Starting in April, the sports field will be closed for maintenance activities to ensure the turf is brought up to a safe and playable condition. Staff anticipate City programs and permitted sports use will run from June to November.

“Our interim plan is designed to meet as many community needs as possible while we explore long-term solutions,” Beecham said. “Staff will increase our education efforts around safe park use to ensure safety and accessibility for all users.”

Dogs are allowed on leash at all City parks, and off-leash dog use is also allowed at all 14 dog parks across the city. All dogs at City parks outside of designated fenced areas must be on a leash per City Code 12.72.060(k).

The education period will continue through May and City staff ask for voluntary compliance of park rules. With increased activation and permitting of the sports field, enforcement measures—including warning citations and administrative citations—will be implemented as necessary to ensure safety for all park users.

Future open house meetings are planned for later this year where staff will meet with community groups to share concept plans and continue to gather feedback on current park use.

For more information and updates, please visit the Sierra 2 Park Use webpage.

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