Park scheduled to open in July |

Park scheduled to open in July

Grass Valley’s Mautino Park is scheduled to be opened to the public by the end of summer, city officials say.

The park, which is located at 10609 Alta St. in Grass Valley and is named in honor of former Councilwoman Dee Mautino, began construction over a year and a half ago, but completion has been delayed because of vandalism and landscaping problems.

City Council members decided at their meeting Tuesday night to allow the park to open after the soccer field is finished, but before the park is fully complete.

They could have opted to open the park in mid-May, but only a few areas, such as the tennis courts and the restrooms, would be ready for use.

Mautino, who left the council at the end of 2004, did not support the idea of opening that early. “I don’t want the park to open until it is safe,” she told the council Tuesday.

Vice Mayor Mark Johnson was not in favor of the decision to open in summer. He said it would be better to wait until the park is totally finished, which would put the opening date in December.

“I really feel we should wait … and not hinge our decision to open the park on the completion of the soccer field,” he said.

The City Council voted 4-1 in favor of the July opening.

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