The Yucaipa City Council met on June 22, and during the discussion of the consent agenda agreed to the purchase of property for the Dunlap Neighborhood Park Project.
During a previous council meeting on Oct. 8, 2012, the Yucaipa City Council reviewed and approved the concept plan for the proposed Dunlap Neighborhood Park Project. The concept plan included a pond, multi-purpose trail amenities, community center building with administrative office space and a neighborhood park with passive recreational amenities.
In 2013, the city of Yucaipa applied for and was awarded the amount of $300,000 from the California Department of Parks and Recreation - Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Program to acquire 5 acres of land located on the southwest corner of Oak Glen Road and Avenue E.
The city received notification on June 17, 2014 that the grant application had been approved and the amount awarded was increased to $322,580.
Yucaipa City Council awarded a contract for professional design services on Jan. 23, 2017. RHA Landscape Architects-Planners, Inc. submitted the concept plan and preliminary design plan for review which was reviewed and approved by city council on July 10, 2018. At that time, city council authorized staff to finalized the design of the project with minor changes to the parking layout and amphitheater footprint.
During the July 3, 2019 Yucaipa Planning Commission meeting, the commission approved the Conditional Use Permit for the project and adopted a Mitigated Negative Declaration to complete the required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review for the project. Completing this process has allowed the city to pursue other grant funding opportunities for the project as well.
The San Bernardino County Flood Control District (District) owns property adjacent to district-owned Wilson Creek Channel. The Subject Property is located between the city owned parcel, comprised of approximately 5.1 acres and the Wilson Creek Channel. The final design of the project expanded the footprint of the park to allow for access from the future project site, through the Subject Property (2,297 square foot parcel) to Avenue E.
The District has confirmed that the property is surplus to its needs and that they would be “willing sellers” of the property to support the development of the future project. City staff is recommending that the city council approve the purchase and sale agreement in the amount of $8,400 based on an approved appraisal and district initiated market study.
The FY2019/20 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) includes funding in the amount of $606,000 in General Fund One-Time Capital Projects Account funding for the project, of which the amount of $402,000 is in the form of a loan to the Park Development Fund. The CIP includes an additional allocation in the amount of $189,000 in funding from Proposition 68 per capita funding. The current balance in the project budget is approximately $211,000.
On May 27, 2020, council approved utilizing $70,000 in funding from the project budget for the engineering design.
The total estimated cost associated with the proposed recommendations is $13,400.
Supporting documents are available at the city website, yucaipa.org.