No. There was a previous proposal to use the site as a temporary parking lot until the park could be built, but that proposal is no longer being considered.
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All existing buildings and paving will be demolished. All healthy trees, which are candidates for preservation will be kept on site if possible, but diseased, unhealthy and short-lived trees will be removed. The small landscaped area along Westminster Circle will be retained and become part of the new park.
The park site has two sets of adjacent walls, both of which are on private property. The City does not have the right to remove or alter these walls, including for art murals, without owner consent.
The fence will be removed, and the new park will incorporate the grass area along Westminster Circle. The design of this area may have to be modified to blend with the future park.
The new park will be a neighborhood park, which per the City General Plan and Parks and Recreation Master Plan, does not include restrooms or parking on site. However, on-street parking is allowed along the extensive perimeter of the park and in the surrounding area.
There are currently no plans for improvements beyond the park property, however, the City’s Transportation Engineering Division is aware of resident concerns in the area and they are looking into options.
The park is currently proposed to be open by Summer 2023. The tentative schedule is as follows: