Neighborhood Input Sought for Moorland Park

Sep 2, 2015

The two parcels slated to become a neighborhoods park for Moorland are shown above. The smaller lot on the right is where informal memorials to Andy Lopez have been installed since his death in October 2013.

A series of workshops will begin in Santa Rosa’s Moorland neighborhood Thursday night, to gather ideas and priorities for designing a community park to memorialize Andy Lopez.

While it is clear that the current momentum to create a neighborhood park for Moorland is driven by the community’s response to the Andy Lopez shooting, Sonoma County Regional Parks planner Scott Wilkinson explains that the land for it has long been intended as a park site.

The SMART tracks run along the western edge of the planned Moorland park site.
Credit Sonoma County Regional Parks

  The park site is bounded on the west site by the railroad tracks that will soon be used by the SMART trains. Even so, this urban location has a notable natural presence, observes JCAL activist Francisco Saiz.

Below is the schedule of meetings for the park planning timeline:

Community Design Workshop 1

Project introduction, Site Analysis and Park Programming
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
Park site: 3390 Moorland Ave., at the northwest corner of West Robles and Moorland avenues

Subsequent Workshops (All start at 6:30 p.m. Locations to be determined.)

Sept. 17 - Workshop 2 - Creating Conceptual Park Designs

Oct. 8 - Workshop 3 - Evaluating Alternatives and Choosing a Preferred Plan

Nov. 12 - Workshop 4 – Refining the Draft Master Plan*

Anticipated Project Timeline

August – December 2015 - Master planning

January 2016 - Board of Supervisors approve master plan 

February – May 2016 - Project Engineering and bidding

Summer 2016 - Construction begins