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    19.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 06/26/2018  

SUBJECT:
PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE LOS SERRANOS NEIGHBORHOOD PARK AT CHAPARRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROJECT
RECOMMENDATION:
  1. Adopt a Resolution entitled:  A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION AND MITIGATION MONITORING REPORTING PROGRAM UNDER THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT AND APPROVING THE DESIGN AND PLANS FOR THE LOS SERRANOS NEIGHBORHOOD PARK AT CHAPARRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROJECT PURSUANT TO GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION § 830.6.
     
  2. Authorize staff to solicit bids for construction.
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
The need for a City park in the Los Serranos area has been a high priority for the City Council for over two decades. However, the City of Chino Hills (City) did not own any property in the immediate area nor was it in a position to fund the purchase of vacant land. Over the years, the City engaged in numerous discussions with the Chino Valley Unified School District (District) in order to construct a park on District land, adjacent to Chaparral Elementary School (Chaparral School). As a result, on October 16, 2015, the City and the District entered into a 30-year agreement for the construction of a neighborhood park on 6-acres of the vacant 7.3-acre parcel adjacent to Chaparral School. In addition to the City constructing a park, the agreement allows for the joint use of each entity’s facilities. Chaparral School would have the ability to use the park; the Community would have the ability to use the three outdoor basketball courts at Chaparral School after school hours; and the Community can use Chaparral School’s parking lot after school and on weekends for access to the park.

As part of City’s community-outreach efforts, the City conducted five workshops/meetings in 2011 to engage the community and ascertain what type of park they desired in their neighborhood. Further, and as part of public outreach efforts for the November 2016 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, staff mailed fliers to 538 households surrounding the proposed park site and distributed 590 fliers to the students of Chaparral School.

The proposed park’s design remains very similar to the one considered over the past few years. It includes various amenities, which were contemplated in the various meetings and workshops over the years. These amenities have been incorporated into the park’s design and, in part, include:
 
• Informal “turf” play area
• Community plaza
• Two group picnic structures with BBQs
• Restroom facilities
• One full basketball court
• Two play areas (ages 2-5 and ages 5-12) with rubberized surfacing
• Walking/exercise path and exercise stations
• Security lighting
• Dog bag dispensers
• Picnic tables and benches  
• Sand play area
• Zip Line
• Hopscotch
• Four square
• Area for City’s Mobile Recreation Van
• Drought tolerant plantings and a dry creek feature
• An area for tiles to be painted by students of Chaparral Elementary School

This project has been listed in the Capital Improvement Program since Fiscal Year 1998-99 (previously named Bird Farm Park).  Since then, the City Council has allocated funds towards the project totaling $3,648,786.  Most recently, additional funding was allocated when the Chino Hills Community Foundation donated $173,000 to the City to be used towards playground equipment at the park.
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
The City of Chino Hills prepared an Initial Study to determine if the proposed project would have a significant adverse effect on the environment.  The Initial Study identified potentially significant impacts in the area of biological resources and cultural resources for which mitigation measures are proposed to help reduce these impacts to a less than significant level.  Consequently, a Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared for the Project (see attached), and was available for public review from November 7, 2016, through November 28, 2016.  One comment was received during that review period from a resident requesting City funds be spent on sidewalks rather than a park. 
 
A response to the comment was sent November 28, 2016, explaining that the City continues to move forward with new sidewalks for the Los Serranos neighborhood and that the park is intended to serve the Los Serranos neighborhood.  No other comments or communications have been received regarding the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration.  Adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration will satisfy the requirements of CEQA for the Los Serranos Neighborhood Park Project.
 
Public notice of the Notice of Intent to Adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration was published in the Chino Champion on November 5, 2016, and again on June 2, 2018. The notice published on June 2, 2018, indicated that the Mitigated Negative Declaration would be considered by the City Council on June 12, 2018, but at that meeting City staff requested a continuance to June 26, 2018, which was approved by the City Council.
 
FISCAL IMPACT:
The total estimated cost for this project is as follows: 
 
Item Description Amount
Design, Project Management and Inspection $    514,086
Construction Contract  3,007,000
Contingencies (10%)     300,700
Total $ 3,821,786
 
 
Funds for this project were previously approved by the City Council as part of the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget.  The funds available for this project are as follows:
 
Project No. Funding Source Amount
800212 General Fund $ 2,172,986
800212 Parks & Recreation Facilities Fee     750,000
800212 Quimby In-Lieu Fee      750,000
800212 Community Facilities District No. 5     148,800
Total Approved Funding $ 3,821,786
  


 
REVIEWED BY OTHERS:
This item has been reviewed by the Community Services Director, Finance Director, the Public Works Director and the City Attorney.
 
Attachments
Resolution
MND
MMP
NOTICE OF INTENT
RESIDENT LETTER

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