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 not only receive new equipment, but will also have an accessible path leading from the sidewalk to the playground, and new playground safety surfacing. Council approved a unitary surfacing material to be used for all new and renovated playgrounds at the April 3, 2018, City Council meeting. View the full staff report and presentation here.
In this first round of park improvements, four neighborhoods parks will be addressed – Berkeley, Andamar, Winchester I & ll. In order to gage what residents would like to see in their local parks, the City conducted two neighborhood outreach events in May 2017, to gather input from residents. In August 2017, the City also released a survey in English and Spanish to gather resident feedback. The Park Improvement survey and results are available here.
Based on resident feedback, an RFP went out to playground vendors. Six vendors submitted two designs for each of the four parks. The six vendors were narrowed down to three and interviewed at City Hall on October 10, 2018, by the selection committee. The selection committee were impressed with all three vendors that presented, but had an overwhelming desire to work with one vendor on these projects. Staff is currently checking on references and collecting necessary documentation to move forward.
JoAnne Plummer, Parks & Recreation Manager