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Compromise park plan approved

People will be able to play soccer or basketball at Mulcahy Field off Alta Street on the edge of Grass Valley, but those who want to barbecue some chicken wings will have to go elsewhere.

The Grass Valley City Council on Tuesday approved a revised plan to build a park at Mulcahy Field, a 12.71-acre parcel the city owns near its water treatment plant. The vote was 3-2, with Mayor Linda Stevens and Vice Mayor Patti Ingram dissenting.



The final plan includes a full-size soccer field; basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; a tot lot; a horseshoe pit; almost 5 acres of vacant land and a 7-foot sound wall along Dolores Drive.




As a compromise between city officials and a nearby neighborhood association, a barbecue area large enough for 75 people and an overflow parking lot off Alta Street were eliminated.

The barbecue area could have drawn as many as 100 cars, said Avila Lowrance, president of the Alta Hill Homeowners’ Association.

City officials also agreed to limit the number of soccer players to 30. In addition, drivers will only be able to reach the park via Alta Street; the city will post signs prohibiting drivers from dropping off people on nearby Alta Vista Avenue and Dolores Drive.

Lowrance said she is pleased.

“We feel we’ve been listened to,” said Lowrance, whose group raised concerns about traffic, noise and security at the park. “We think (the park) will be a great benefit to the neighborhood and to the city of Grass Valley.”

City Councilman Steve Enos on Wednesday called the final plan “reasonable. It’s a great compromise. It meets the needs of the city, and it meets the needs of the neighborhood.”

City Councilman Gerard Tassone also voted for the plan. “I think it was a good compromise at this point,” he said.

Ingram said she voted “no” because the barbecue pits should have been included in the final plan.

The city does not have enough barbecue pits at Memorial and Condon parks, she said.

Edwin and Dorothy Mulcahy deeded the land to the city in 1968.

How They Voted

Grass Valley City Council vote to approve revised plans for a park at Mulcahy Field

Steve Enos………………………………Yes

Patti Ingram……………………………..No

DeVere Mautino……………………….Yes

Linda Stevens……………………………No

Gerard Tassone………………………..Yes


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