The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why The Capistrano Dispatch is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

By Allison Jarrell

The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to move forward with the Northwest Open Space community park project by utilizing its current contractor, NUVIS, for design work rather than initiating a Request for Proposals process, which staff said would have delayed the project for several months.

The vote also included removing or reducing five elements in the park’s design—which were identified as unnecessary by the park’s Putuidem committee—for a cost savings of $202,000, including: removing an equestrian ADA ramp from the staging area; removing bleachers with a shade structure in the staging area; reducing the scope of the picnic area entry monument/signage; reducing the shrubbery by half while maintaining all culturally significant plants; and more.

Councilman Reeve said he voted no because, while he supports the project, “there are certain financial realities” the city has to face.

“Many residents want to develop or improve properties like The Oaks … Reata Park, the sports park, Los Rios Phase II, the skatepark, etc., and right now we don’t have any money,” Reeve said. “We could do some of those things, but we’re spending all of the money on this park.”

The final park design will return to the Council for approval. City Manager Ben Siegel said with the aforementioned cost savings, no further appropriation of funds will be needed for the city’s $1.7 million design budget.

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Capo Dispatch

comments (1)

  • Wait till this park is finished,and see what a waste of money this city paid for all these 4 factions of never got federally recognized by the government.No one shows there proof of who they are.Shame On The City,for not seeking paper work..Shame on you ,who are not of Native American blood.You people,who know who you are.The government denied all of you.Profiting from our Ancestors Blood.

comments (1)

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>