Parks and Recreation
The Granada Community Services District (GCSD) gained parks and recreational jurisdiction on October 1, 2014, for the unincorporated areas of El Granada, Miramar, Clipper Ridge and Princeton (i.e., the “GCSD Community”). The district’s Parks and Recreation (P&R) 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. Parks and recreation functions are funded by utilizing a portion of GCSD’s share of San Mateo County property tax revenues, not from sewer charges. The GCSD Board of Directors guides district P&R actions with input from the GCSD Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) and the community. The district now provides recreation programs and events and is actively planning new park and recreation facilities. For more details see the P&R links below.
- GCSD Facilities
- Burnham Community Park (Provide your input)
- Community Center Planning (Provide your input)
- District Recreation Programs and Events
- 2021 Summer and Fall Recreation Activities and Events
- Parks Advisory Committee (PAC)
- PAC Activities
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Burnham Community Park
The GCSD is planning a community park between Obispo Road and Highway I on property owned by the District on the “Burnham Strip”, and we seek public comments on the preliminary plan. 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 event was held on in October of 2019 at the El Granada School. The meeting was well attended and offered yet another community input opportunity in a workshop format. Residents provided individual comments via email and at Board and PAC meetings in response to a Summer 2020 postcard and a sign on the Burnham Strip. The district’s Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) reviewed community feedback and provided input throughout the process at their quarterly meetings. The planning process and outcomes for the 2020 Burnham Park Preliminary Landscape Plan is explained in the video shown below.https://www.youtube.com/embed/mOcZ3Nt9NXc?feature=oembed
Plan overview: The ADA-compliant plan, as shown in Figure PR2 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 Street. The video shown in Figure below provides an overview of the draft Burnham Park Landscape Plan.
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 and future 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
- K + K Slide Presentation for Burnham Park October 2020
- Burnham Park Preliminary Plan Presentation Video October 2020
- K + K Letter Report for Burnham Park June 2020
Community Center Planning
The 2019 community recreation needs survey results also showed a strong desire by the community for a community center. The figure below from the study shows that 67% of respondents thought a new community center near central El Granada was important or very important.
How important to you and your family is a small Community Recreation Center near central El Granada?
District Recreation Programs and Events
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a challenging time for everyone in our community. We will attempt to offer a limited number of outdoor summer and fall programs in 2021, but the district must remain mindful of state and county COVID health requirements in developing these programs.
Parks Advisory Committee (PAC)
The PAC was formed by the Granada Community Services District 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 either online or at the GCSD office at least once each quarter and are open to the public and televised. If you want to help the district community, apply at the district office to be a member of the PAC.
Since 2015 the PAC has been actively engaged in helping the Board and community identify, develop, and implement needed P&R facilities and programs; it has led community outreach activities for the recreation element; and they have even organized and operated district P&R programs. For example, the PAC was the first to recommend building a bicycle pump track, held meetings on its development and sought funding and a site for it. The pump track will be under construction in summer 2021 or 2022. The PAC also developed and implemented the 2019 recreation needs survey. They continue to work closely with the community and Board to create from scratch vibrant and exciting activities and events in the community. Below are the most recent PAC members and activities.
The PAC meeting schedule and meeting minutes may be found here. Below are summaries of recent and past PAC meetings and activities.
PAC Meeting April 26, 2021
At the April 26, 2021 PAC meeting they recommended the district pursue the following summer and fall 2021 recreational programs and events and take the lead in organizing each one:
- Quarry Park cleanup (Cantrell and Barker- organizers)
- Burnham Strip cleanup in partnership with Sea Hugger (Dragony)
- CPR (Tierney)
- Bicycle ride for disabled youth in partnership with BORP (Tierney)
- Princeton Harbor scavenger hunt in partnership with HMB Coastside Tours. (Dragony)
- Small acoustic concert (Dragony and Coffield)
- They also identified actions the PAC could take in the next year to assist the Board with development of the Burnham Park and a community center.
- Agreed to help rewrite the P&R section of the District website.
PAC Meeting February 1, 2021
- Elected a PAC chair and vice chair.
- Reviewed the GCSD recreation staffing situation.
- Hosted a panel discussion on “Lessons Learned from HMB and Pacific Community Centers”.
- Over 35 recommendations were presented.
- Held a discussion on initial review of suitability of old fire station as a district office and community center.
Previous PAC Activities
- 2020 PAC Activities
- 2019 PAC Activities
- 2018 PAC Activities
- 2016-2017 PAC Activities
- 2015 PAC Activities
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