Nevada City to push for Pioneer Park funds
Nevada City administrators are seeking funds to keep Pioneer Park from flooding and upgrade its playground to accommodate disabled children.
With nearly $268,000 in Nevada County planning funds available for Nevada City, the City Council voted unanimously to direct staff to prioritize the two projects for Pioneer Park from a list of six options at a Wednesday meeting, said Nevada City Manager David Brennan.
The park’s frequently flooded fields have long been a soggy topic for residents.
Even with French drains, the area around Pioneer Park’s lower-level baseball field floods during fall and spring months because the area is below the water table, determined the city’s engineer and public works director.
For an estimated $90,000, the city could add to an existing berm along Deer Creek that only covers a third of the creek’s bank, making the park’s footbridge and baseball dugout susceptible to overflow during peak precipitation, according to a city staff report.
“By constructing and expanding the berm, the water would not be able to breach these areas, and this would help alleviate surface water on the field,” said Parks and Recreation supervisor Dawn Zidonis’ report.
Additionally, Zidonis proposes a paved trail could be constructed for walkers, joggers and bikers.
Organizers of the Nevada City Soap Box Derby are willing to contribute $10,000 to the project, Zidonis noted.
County planning officials indicated the project could qualify for some of the $66,000 in AB1600, county Park and Recreation Mitigation Fees, if the city can demonstrate it can fix the drainage problem and make the park more usable more months per year.
The drainage could increase the baseball field’s use by three months per year, Brennan said.
The park’s playground is also poised for an upgrade. Currently surrounded by sand, the city hopes to replace the sand with a material that meets Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards. The city estimates this project will cost approximately $70,000, which the city plans to apply to the county to fund.
The council also approved the closure of Broad Street for trick or treating on Halloween.
To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email email@example.com or call (530) 477-4236.
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