Campus Park Update Praised – Tri County Sentry
Oxnard – Campus Park design update continues with details on the new park.
The revitalized campus park is scheduled for completion by March 2024 and is made possible by an $8.5 million Proposition 68 grant for design and park construction.
MIG Senior Landscape Product Architect Wendy Chan told the council that a new restroom and reconstructed parking lot will be south of the building near Fifth Street.
“The Recreation Corps was located to take advantage of the proximity to the park center and existing athletic field, but it’s also located away from the quieter areas of campus park,” she said. “A restroom, picnic area and multipurpose lawn are adjacent to the Recreation Corps. An observation ramp encloses the North and West skate parks and pump track to not only provide a buffer to neighboring uses, but also to provide a fun place to gather and watch the skaters.”
To the west, she said, there’s an airport viewing hill that will be a place for kids and adults to get a higher vantage point to see the planes land.
“On the east side, opposite the Alluvial Wash, there is a cultural garden and a cherry orchard opposite the Buddhist temple to support all cultural events and activities,” Chan said. “There will be a new convenience parking lot also located on the north edge of Second Street.”
She said the existing dog park would be moved between the ASR fountain and a future housing development.
“The location was chosen to activate this secluded area of the park and to serve the many future residents and to address any concerns about possible noise at the dog park,” he said. “The free roaming dog park will have areas for both small and large dogs and will be secured by a fence. Some amenities may include shaded canopies, dog drinking fountains, agility equipment, and seating. A combination of mulch and turf is suggested as the surface for easy maintenance.”
She said the community garden is on the south side of the park along Second Street and offers the best sun exposure and protection for the adjacent neighborhoods.
“The garden will have a variety of garden plots, an orchard, storage shed, composting facilities, group tables, a rain barrel and an outdoor classroom,” she said.
Art will be a constant conversation while the park bears fruit.
The plants in the park will be drought tolerant and low maintenance.
“The proposed trees are smaller, 35-40 feet maximum safe height due to airport visibility concerns,” she said. “It’s a combination of caliper native and adaptive ornamental plants.”
She said the plants in the Alluvial Wash are part of the native riparian plant community.
“The meadows will be a hydroseed mix of native wildflowers and perennial grasses that cannot be mowed, are drought tolerant and low maintenance, and can tolerate foot traffic and passive recreation,” Chan said. “The community orchard and garden will consist of different types of fruit trees that thrive in Oxnard.”
She said the border planting will provide shade, add character and help define the common spaces.
Phase One includes a walking trail, alluvial wash, recreation core, multipurpose turf, inclusive playground, gazebo, pelota mixteca, lawn, community garden, restroom, existing dog park, and community garden.
“In the first phase, the existing dog park will be protected and placed on the corner of Fifth and Eighth Streets,” Chan said. “The existing car parks at Fifth and Eighth will now be reconfigured but will remain the same. New parking and accessible parking will be provided closer to the park entrance and playground at the K Street entrance.”
She said the existing basketball courts would remain in their current configuration and use the existing posts.
“The courts will be re-striped and replaced with new backboards, nets and tires,” she said. “Plant areas are being consolidated along the sidewalks and sidewalks. We are also coordinating with the city to determine the best methods of treating the undeveloped areas outside of the Phase 1 improvements in the interim while future phases are developed in the park.”
She said they will also provide the infrastructure and utilities to facilitate and plan the next phase of development at Campus Park.
“The first phase is to create that foundation to seamlessly and holistically incorporate the evolving Master Site Plan concept,” she said.
MIG lead architect and project manager Jose de Jesus Leal said the next steps are the design development drawings, which will lead to the development of construction documents.
“Hopefully later this year, hopefully early next year, we’ll bid and hopefully construction will start,” he said.
Mayor John Zaragoza asked what will happen if the park isn’t completed by 2024.
“March 2024 is our strict deadline and if we don’t meet it we can apply for an extension, but there’s no guarantee,” said city engineer Tatiana Arnout. “If we don’t meet that deadline and don’t get an extension, we’ll lose that funding.”
Councilor Gabe Teran inquired about the ASR well, a 500-foot well near Fifth Street.
“To date, we’ve incorporated the curb ramp and the road that leads into the ASR well,” said Arnout. “We are awaiting a few more devices to complete this installation and get it operational so we can begin our demonstration phase with the state.”
Councilor Bert Perello noted that there are large trees at the existing dog park and he wants to ensure these trees are kept alive.
“That may mean they need extra water in this drought,” he said. “It would be sad to lose her. I don’t know what the long term plan is. They might resemble the facility for the homeless. If the big trees have to go, fine, but if not, I want to make sure we keep them in top condition. You are an asset.”
He also asked whether the concrete poured in the park was permeable and moisture could penetrate.
“The design does not include or incorporate permeable concrete paving,” said de Jesus Leal. “It is our intention to preserve healthy trees.”