The Granada Community Services District (GCSD), formerly the Granada Sanitary District, gained park and recreational jurisdiction on October 1, 2014, for the unincorporated areas of El Granada, Miramar and Princeton (i.e. the “GCSD Community”) by a positive vote of 60% of the voters in the District. This reorganization allows the district to provide parks and recreation services in addition to the sewer, solid waste and recycling services it currently provides to over 2,500 residences and businesses in the District as well as the northern portion of the City of Half Moon Bay. Solid waste and recycling services are provided by Recology of the Coast under a franchise agreement with GCSD.
The parks and recreation function is funded by utilizing a portion of GCSD’s share of San Mateo County property tax revenues, not from sewer charges. GCSD’s goal is to provide parks and recreation services that benefit the GCSD community, with a commitment to robust neighborhood outreach on new projects.
Granada Parks Advisory Committee (PAC)
The PAC was formed by the Granada Community Service Board to ensure community involvement in all phases of park planning, design and development. Seven voting members are appointed by the Board to serve two-year terms. Members receive no compensation – they are neighbors volunteering to support and benefit our community. The PAC makes recommendations regarding parks and recreation to the GCSD Board of Directors. PAC meetings are held at the GCSD office at least once each quarter and are open to the public and televised. The PAC meeting schedule and meeting minutes may be found here.
Additional potential park areas are a small GCSD-owned parcel on Capistrano Road in Princeton and the road medians in El Granada. GCSD and SMC completed a Permit Agreement in February 2018 which allows the District to make improvements to the El Granada Medians. GCSD may implement landscaping, seating, and active and passive recreational improvements on these properties, following an open and transparent community outreach process and all required permit and environmental review processes.
In January, the GCSD Board agreed the following priorities for PAC in 2019:
- Support efforts to plan for a Burnham Park and the protection of resources in that area.
- Identify, write brochure, and promote a 2019 Summer Connection to Recreation Program.
- Maintain the parks and recreation webpage on the GCSD website, and provide recreation-focused information for quarterly e-newsletter.
- Develop a trail and amenities plan for all El Granada medians.
- Work with Cabrillo Unified School District to improve existing facilities at El Granada Elementary School.
- Advocate for a pump track to be built in Quarry Park.
PAC Meeting February 4, 2019
- Elected new officers and welcomed new members for 2019: Nancy Marsh (Chair), Pat Tierney (Vice Chair), Paul Koelsch, Fran Pollard, Susannah Cantrell and Michelle Dragony. The GCSD Board added member Ric Barker and alternates Lyle Coffield and Gael Erickson at their February meeting.
- Reviewed assignments for development of Summer 2019 Connection to Recreation programs, including fee-based camps as well as free activities for kids, families and adults.
- Discussed development of next Parks and Recreation newsletter and update to web page.
- Developed a short work plan for each of the 2019 priorities, for review by the GCSD Board.
PAC Meeting April 2, 2019
- Completed Summer Recreation planning
- Agreed a proposal to the GCSD Board to hire or contract for a Summer Recreation Program & Communications Coordinator for summer 2020
- Completed final review of Summer Guide, April Newsletter, and Parks and Recreation Web Page Updates
- Reviewed and updated PAC 2019 Work Plan
- Agreed a recommendation to GCSD Board to focus funding on development of Burnham Park and a Community Center, and to defer investment in an EL Granada Medians Trails Plan at this time.
2018 PAC Activities
2018 PAC Members
2018 PAC activity included:
- Improving communications on Parks & Recreation activities in the GCSD newsletter and website www.granada.ca.gov/parks
- Developing summer recreation programs under the banner “Connection to Recreation”
- Continued consideration of potential sites in El Granada for a bicycle pump track
- Developing a proposal and completing one round of community outreach for a small neighborhood playground on Avenue Balboa in the northwest area of El Granada
- Proposing a task list to develop a trail plan for all El Granada medians, including benches and picnic tables (deferred to 2019)
- Individual PAC members participated in Quarry Park Master Plan community meetings
- Developed a proposal for PAC priorities for 2018/2019 for GCSD Board consideration
2016 – 2017 PAC Activities
The inaugural 2016 – 2017 PAC leveraged these findings for early generation of ideas for GCSD Parks and Recreation. The PAC members included Patrick Tierney (Chair), Paul Koelsch (Vice Chair), Dale Ross, Owen Moore, Jeanette Ward, Barbara Dye and Brian Overfelt. They made good progress until being stalled in 2017 during the development of the GCSD/SMC Medians Use Agreement mentioned above. Accomplishments included:
- Mapped the 24 El Granada Medians, existing parks, and GCSD-owned vacant parcels.
- Selected Balboa Circle and Ave Portola at Ave Alhambra as first areas of focus for potential median improvements. Developed and gained initial community input on small neighborhood playground ideas for Balboa Circle.
- Partnered with SMC Parks to develop ideas for the El Granada medians which were considered in the SMC Median Use Agreement negotiation.
- Explored potential to buy or lease Cabrillo Unified School District properties in El Granada for recreational use.
- Investigated potential locations for a bicycle pump track.
2015 PAC Research and Community Parks & Recreation Needs Survey
Note: the numbers have been revised from the original copy in response to community input
In 2015, GCSD completed a “Community Interest and Opinion Survey for Local Parks and Recreation Facility Priorities.” This survey was mailed to residences in the district and made available online. A total of 609 responses were received. Key findings include:
- The GCSD Community said Yes (53%) or Maybe (19%) that local parks need improvement
- The GCSD Community indicated Yes (58%) or Maybe (18%), the median strips in El Granada should be improved; El Granada respondents said Yes (63%) or Maybe (18%) the median strips should be improved.
- The GCSD Community indicated a moderate (35%) to substantial (27%) need for Small Neighborhood Parks, including 78% of households with children
- 65% of the GCSD Community said Yes they would participate in more recreational activities if they were available locally.
- The GCSD Community indicated it is moderately (39%) or very (27%) important to have a Community Center.
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