By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
A skate plaza, a field for speed soccer and large picnic areas won unanimous support from members of the Stanton City Council Monday at a special study session to help plan the new city park to be built on the site of the former Mary Perez School.
The site, located at 10660 Western Ave., is 11.5 acres of land that the City of Stanton wants to develop into a large, multi-use park. This discussion meeting comes a few weeks after there were community input meetings that involved adult residents, teenage residents and children.
Because this meeting was a study session, there was no action taken, only the discussion of options and questions from the public.
The big discussion points within the council members was whether or not to include a pool and if there would be specified areas for certain field sports, such as soccer and softball, how to organize a water feature play area and whether or not to include basketball courts.
The decision on the pool from the council was 3-2 against and the decision on including basketball courts was 3-2 against.
For the skate plaza the vote was five in favor, for speed soccer it was five in favor, a themed play area was five in favor, five in favor for a large picnic tables area with a staging area, five in favor for fencing around the park and five in favor of one, large restroom facility.
David Volz Design has been contracted to design the park and has been working on potential ideas for what the park could look like.
David Volz, owner of DVD said, “We’d like to hear your ideas. It’s 11. 5 acres of land . . . one month ago we had an outreach meeting and asked all the attendees to be landscape architects for a day. Eight separate groups that helped us.”
Some of the ideas that kept surfacing was the want for sporting fields, age appropriate play areas for young and very young children, clean bathrooms, walking paths and exercise areas and, from the kids, something to do with butterflies.
Three ideas were presented for the city council members and staff with varying designs on what would be in the park and were it could go.
“When I was a kid these [park designs] would be out of this world. Any one of those looked great to me . . . a kid would be delighted with any of these I think,” said Ed Royce, council member.
“This is were we get kids to go to get rid of that energy that I used to have 30 years ago. We should look at this from a youth point of view and a senior point of view. We’re trying to get more young people off the streets and into the park. This would be for us, the only park we will ever have of this size, ever. I don’t want it to be a senior citizen-only park,” said Al Ethans, council member.
“More community meetings to focus on younger people, maybe go to schools and get their input if that is the direction that we want to go in,” said Carol Jacobs, city manager.