Burnham Park Preliminary Plan updated October 2020 following public feedback. Plan submission targeted for first quarter 2021. Approvals may take a year or more, and implementation will be phased.
All comments are welcome as the park plan continues to evolve in response to community and government agency feedback. Please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan overview: The ADA-compliant plan is designed in three sections: a “village green” to the south, preserving the view down Avenue Portola, an active recreation area in the center across from existing buildings, and a large area to the north with small picnic and exercise areas, natural landscaping, and ocean views. A mix of wide and narrow trails run throughout the park, and at the south end a new trail would lead to the highway crossing and Coastal Trail at Coronado Avenue.
Parking lot: Compliance with the required setbacks for the riparian areas on either side of the current dirt lot would substantially reduce the size of the lot, so in this plan it would be moved to allow for 33 parking spaces, and on-street parking would be improved. San Mateo County is also exploring parking improvements in the Caltrans right-of-way adjacent to Highway One.
Highway 1 Crossing: CalTrans owns the strip of land between the proposed park area and Highway 1; GCSD does not have any jurisdiction over that property. San Mateo County’s Connect the Coastside effort is considering options for additional Highway 1 crossings. More information can be obtained at https://planning.smcgov.org/connect-coastside.
Environment: Based on recommendations from the Resource Conservation District, biotreatment areas have been added and existing streams have been made more sinuous to improve the quality of storm-water runoff that drains to the ocean.
Cost: Funds for building and maintaining the park will come from existing annual property tax allocations to GCSD; grant opportunities are also being explored.
Community driven: The plan reflects extensive community input gathered in four events in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The review and permitting process will provide additional opportunities for public comments.
Comments: Please review the preliminary plan details and send your comments to email@example.com. We are committed to making this a real community park!
Click on the links below for more details in the the Burnham Park Report and Preliminary Landscape Plan Presentation:
Wet Weather Storage Facility Expansion
You all may notice at the end of this week that there will be activity on the Burnham Strip. In 2020 the board of the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) approved a contract for the construction of additional wet weather storage in the strip. Granada Community Services District (GCSD), as a board member of SAM, approved of the project and granted an easement to allow it to happen. It is a SAM project.
There is already one 200,000 gallon storage facility on the strip (built in 2012) and a second very similar one will soon be built. These facilities give SAM the ability to hold water during big storm events and for planned maintenance shutdowns at SAM. The new storage will go in next to the existing one, and when the project is completed by mid-Spring the area will be recovered with soil and seeded. The new tanks will be below ground as the current ones are, with only a few maintenance-hole covers to be seen. The plans for the future park take these features into consideration in the design. Below is a more detailed description of the project by the SAM General Manager. I am also attaching a map showing the location.
Our team is working hard on the park plans and expects to have plans ready for submittal by spring.
Barbara Dye, Board Member, GCSD, GCSD Representative to SAM, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Park & Recreation’s mission is to serve GCSD’s community with thoughtful development of parks and provision of recreational activities for residents of all ages and abilities, with a dedicated focus on environmental stewardship. 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.
GCSD owns the undeveloped “Burnham Strip” property along Obispo Street between Coronado Street and Avenue Alhambra in El Granada, which is in process to be developed as an El Granada gateway park. Additional potential park areas are a small GCSD-owned parcel on Capistrano Road in Princeton and the road medians in El Granada.
Work definitely is in progress to make Burnham Park a reality. The GCSD Parks and Recreation survey conducted in September, 2019 has clearly defined what the community desires within the five plus acres available for park development of the property. An additional community outreach was held on 10/24 at El Granada School from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The meeting was well attended and offered yet another community input opportunity in a workshop format.
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. (now deferred)
- Work with Cabrillo Unified School District to improve existing facilities at El Granada Elementary School. (now deferred)
- 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.
Previous PAC Activities
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