By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
A park doesn’t just happen over night and a playground can’t create itself. Which is why the Stanton City Council approved a services agreement on Tuesday night with David Volz Design to be the designer service to help convert the Mary Perez School site, at 10660 Western Ave. into a new park.
The design company has been the creative mind behind Stanton’s Veterans Memorial Park and Harry M. Dotson Park and many others in Orange County.
The Mary Perez School site will be the newest addition to the park system in Stanton and is something that the city staff has expressed a lot of excitement over.
The site has 11 acres and will become the largest park in the city.
The professional services agreement with David Volz Design comes to $575,000 with a budgeted adjustment of $6.5 million for the project.
Mayor Pro Tem David Shawver voiced a concern that the park might come out like a “cookie cutter” park.
“What we see and why I think you folks look to us for, is to come up with a park that is unique to Stanton, “said David Volz, “every park is different. It’s hard to go out there and all you see is grass and trees . . . parks are all that I do . . . I have a whole team behind me of civil engineers, structural engineers . . . what we promise is that we’ll give you a park that is nice and unique as the parks that you see here [in displays] today.”
Volz said that some components of parks, such as certain kinds of structures or buildings that might be needed, are often very similar, but that the layout, landscaping and space use would be unique to Stanton.
“Every park is different,” said Volz, citing that there would be input from the public as to what the citizens want in the space.
Meetings for public input will begin in April and meetings to decide what to name the park will begin in May.
Vols also mentioned that the green space in the park would probably be very eco-minded and would use California native plants to reduce water use.
“This is a special project . . .11 acres . . . not only are we going to put all this together, but we’re going to put it in a nice package that people are going to point to and say this is where we have our events, this is were we go to play,” said Volz.