The City has not made any decisions about possible improvements to Coronado Cays Park, nor has it approved a master plan for the park. There is still time to participate in the Coronado Cays Park Master Plan project.
The City is currently working with a consultant to draft several alternatives for the public to consider. These alternatives will be based on feedback obtained through public workshops and online surveys conducted last year. The survey results were presented to the City Council in December. Two workshops attracted 136 people. Two online surveys were used to solicit public comment, one on use and amenities and one on visual preferences, with 458 surveys submitted for consideration.
Based on survey results, the public has indicated strong support for maintaining key park features such as the size of the existing dog run, the current parking capacity, natural grass at the park and the full basketball court. Although no final decision has been made, recommendations made to the City Council will most certainly reflect the desires of the community.
Coronado Cays Park is the City's largest park at about 15 acres and home to Coronado's most highly used joint-use sports fields. The grass playing surfaces have become uneven and show signs of stress and wear due to ever-increasing use. The irrigation system is aging and does not provide adequate coverage. The City is working to address these issues and, while doing so, wishes to consider possible changes to the amenities provided within the park to meet community and current user-group desires.
The City will continue to work with the consultant to develop improvement options for the park. This may be completed sometime in March. Two more public workshops are planned to present these options, possibly as early as April. Another online survey will be conducted to solicit additional feedback. After all the information-gathering is complete and recommendations finalized, a Cays Park Master Plan document will be presented to the City Council for consideration. It will be a public document available for review and comment.
Contrary to information being circulated in the community, proposed changes to Cays Park will in no way impact Coronado Cays Homeowners Association fees. Maintenance of the park and facilities is paid for by the City. Additionally, the City does not charge for the use of the fields or for the permits required to reserve them through the Recreation and Golf Services Department. The City does not receive any fees for tournament play, although staff monitors the events. The Public Services and Engineering Department's annual budget for maintaining Cays and Sunset parks, where City sports fields are found, is approximately $131,000. The Recreation and Golf Services Department spends about $10,000 a year to manage reservations, permitting and administrative processes.
Coronado-based organized youth activities have grown in both the total number of participants and the type of activities offered. Currently, there are more requests for field time than field inventory. The City is working on a field allocation policy to address the increases in sporting activities that will address field use, allocation, wear, volunteer/recreational programs versus paid programs, and league and tournament play.