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Neighbors: Planned park too big

The park Grass Valley wants to build at Mulcahy Field off Alta Street is too big and should be redesigned, some neighbors contend.

Their comments could be heard Tuesday when the Grass Valley City Council considers an environmental study of the project. The study concludes the proposed park will have no significant impact on the environment.

The council could recommend approving the document at a future meeting and allow the project to move forward.

The plans to build a soccer park on the 12.71-acre field have changed a number of times during the past two years.

City officials first proposed building two soccer fields at the vacant field next to the city’s water treatment plant, but agreed to install only one field to accommodate the neighborhood. A park with two soccer fields would bring too much traffic to the neighborhood and would only benefit soccer players, dozens of neighbors said.

Alta Hill Homeowners’ Association representatives have said the neighborhood supports a neighborhood park, but on a smaller scale.

In a Feb. 19 letter to city officials, Craig Diamond, an attorney for the association, said the city needs to reconsider its plans or face legal action. The neighborhood association could file injunctions, Diamond said.

Avila Lowrance, association member, said in a Feb. 19 letter to city officials the plans show a soccer field large enough to accommodate three soccer games at once.

City Councilwoman DeVere Mautino on Sunday said the proposed soccer field is not oversized – it is not big enough for three games at once.

“I don’t know what to do,” said Mautino, who has tried to get a park developed at Mulcahy Field since 1989. “I’m just at a loss. I don’t know how to deal with it.”

City Councilman Gerard Tassone said Sunday he is ready to listen to the neighbors to understand what they really want.

The proposal also includes two tennis courts, a basketball court, two grass volleyball courts, a playground, walking trails, two acres of open space, a barbecue area and picnic tables, two horseshoe pits, restrooms and a storage building. Parking off Alta Street would allow 104 vehicles.

The city Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to discuss the future park at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Know and Go

WHAT: Grass Valley City Council

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: City Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 E. Main St.


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