Coronado Cays Park is the City's largest park at about 15 acres. It is home to the City's most highly used joint-use sports fields. Over time, the grass has become uneven and shows signs of stress and wear due to increased use. The original design of Cays Park does not reflect its current intense use. The irrigation system is old and insufficient and needs to be replaced. Replacing the irrigation system will disturb the entire park.
In seeking to address these issues and evaluate the amenities provided within the park, the City Council agreed to seek landscape architecture consulting firms in January 2019 to help assess Cays Park. The Council asked that the consultant hold one or more public workshops to develop a list of possible improvements. The list would then be used to develop designs for public review.
In July, the City Council retained Van Dyke Landscape Architects at a not to exceed amount of $107,000 to help with the park review. Van Dyke's proposal includes a total of four public workshops to help obtain and respond to resident input. The first two public workshops would be oriented toward listening and information gathering and would be held at different times of the week to encourage participation (one weeknight and one weekend day). The second two workshops would be held to present schematic designs for the park and obtain public comments and opinion on each; again, these workshops would take place at different times of the week to encourage participation. Additional public participation would be available via attendance at Parks and Recreation Commission meetings and at a presentation to the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association.
The City invites the community to participate in the first two planned public workshops, October 16 and 19, to help identify desired improvements for Coronado Cays Park. This is the beginning of a process to confirm what the public wants and explore possible changes.
There is some misinformation being widely disseminated that the City wants to eliminate or change features of the park. The City would like to clarify that there are no pre-determined plans for any changes other than the need to replace the aging irrigation system.
The City wants to keep the focus on ways to improve the park without putting forth any specific plans. The City is hosting the workshops to hear from the community, including how to deal with the difficulty with growing trees in that coastal location, underused areas, parking and the orientation of facilities such as the restroom. The landscape architect can help answer some of the questions. For more information, contact Jim Newton at 619-522-7313 or send an email to us.