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The City has plans to upgrade the playground equipment at six neighborhood parks in two phases: Berkeley, Andamar, Winchester I & II, followed by San Miguel and Santa Barbara Shores.
Berkeley Park Andamar Park
Winchester Park I Winchester Park II
San Miguel Park Santa Barbara Shores Park
Purpose and Need
In 2015, the City of Goleta completed a Recreation Needs Assessment (RNA) which was a comprehensive report that addressed both current recreation resources and offerings, as well as, projected community needs. This assessment provided a roadmap to guide future recreation planning efforts. This report also provided the City with an inventory and gap analysis on parks and facilities.
In December 2016, an overview of improvements in five of the parks that were identified in the Recreation Needs Assessment (RNA) was provided to the Parks and Recreation Commission. In February 2017, an update was presented to the Commission identifying a sixth playground.
However, after further evaluation, two of the six sites require more extensive engineering and evaluation work--San Miguel Park and Santa Barbara Shores Park. Evaluations will continue at these two sites and the remaining four sites will move forward.
All the identified parks will require new playground safety surfacing be installed. However, the City is not ready to move forward on a decision related to surfacing until the results of the multi-agency study on rubber surfacing is released. The agencies conducting this study are the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the US EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and the ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) with results expected in the summer of 2017.
In this first round of park improvements, four neighborhoods parks will be addressed – Berkeley, Andamar, Winchester I & ll. Results from the City of Goleta's recent playground improvement survey will be taken to the Parks & Recreation Commission in October 2017.
JoAnne Plummer, Parks & Recreation Manager