Torrey Pines Park is a 3.2 acre park site, of which 2 acres are flat, located at 5011 Torrey Pines Drive. Torrey Pines Park is one of the least used parks amongst the 44 park sites within the City. Unfortunately, due to the lack of use, the park has experienced much vandalism over time including extensive ongoing damage to trail fencing, the restroom building, gazebo, graffiti and other damages.
To enhance the viability of the park and increase appropriate uses, the Parks and Recreation Commission, at their November 15, 2017 regularly scheduled meeting, discussed and recommended to staff amenity options for the park with the hopes that it would increase park usage and in turn deter unacceptable behavior occurring at Torrey Pines Park. Currently the park includes the following amenities:
- Covered gazebo
- Restroom Building
- Picnic Tables
- Sand Horse Arena
- 8 Parking spaces
At the meeting, the Commission suggested they would like to see a tennis court and a playground to be added amenities to the park. Over 50 resident notifications were mailed to those surrounding Torrey Pines Park however, no one attended the meeting.
As part of the FY 17/18 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget, the City Council approved a budget of $350,000 from the General Fund for the project. This budget was not sufficient to include both a playground and tennis court in the design. At the May 14, 2019 City Council Meeting staff sought direction from the Council regarding the renovation project at Torrey Pines Park. Council directed staff to seek alternative funding to allow both the tennis court and playground in the design, which was preferred and supported by the Parks and Recreation Commission.
After a meeting with staff from various departments regarding future project funding in all Community Facility Districts (CFD), it was determined that sufficient funding is available in the CFD 5 Fund, which is the area Torrey Pines Park is located. To date $59,352 has been spent on the project. Of those expenses, $10,072 were spent in FY 17/18. The remaining expenditures occurred in FY 18/19 and if approved, these expenditures will be re-classed to CFD 5, thereby relieving the General Fund.
The revised cost of the Torrey Pines Park project, which includes the tennis court and playground, is $718,000. The following information provided by Architerra explains what the entire project will include if Council approves Staff’s recommendation:
Amenities - The existing octagon picnic shelter (covered gazebo), concrete pavement, and seat wall would be replaced with a tot lot playground that features play equipment for ages 5 to 12 years, a swing set, and a shade element. Seating benches and picnic areas are proposed adjacent to the playground to accommodate group activities.
The proposed improvements would also feature a new full-sized tennis court that replaces the underutilized existing equestrian arena. The new tennis court would be enclosed with vinyl coated chain link fencing, access gates, and windscreen. To achieve the proposed design as Low Impact Development improvements, surface water runoff from the increased impervious area will drain to, and infiltrate within the proposed onsite infiltration basin located to the north of the tennis court. An additional picnic area with concrete pavement, charcoal grill, and picnic table is proposed adjacent to the tennis court. A new charcoal grill and two picnic tables will be added to the existing shade trellis structure at the southerly boundary to accommodate larger group events.
Accessibility and Circulation - An ADA accessible pathway is proposed to connect pedestrians from the parking lot and sidewalk to all amenities such as the existing trail, the new picnic area, shade trellis structure, and the restroom. The existing accessible parking stall and loading zone will be relocated to ensure its compliance with ADA accessibility. In addition, the existing concrete pavement adjacent to the restroom and shade trellis structure exceeds 2% cross slope, so it will be removed and replaced to provide an accessible path of travel to all amenities.