On Tuesday, September 10, the City Council approved the preferred concept plan for Rivendale Park and Open Space. The plan identifies improvements on approximately 14 acres of the 60‑acre park property, leaving the majority of the site in its natural state. The master plan includes the following improvements:
- Parking will be increased from the existing 107 spaces to approximately 311 spaces
- Over 2.5 miles of new trails and trailhead enhancements
- Cultural/educational use area
- Amphitheater with 300-400 fixed seats plus grass seating
- Three small restrooms
Next steps to implement the master plan begin with identifying funding for design and permitting, obtaining a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), and design and preparation of plans and specifications. Obtaining the CUP requires conducting environmental studies, completing a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Review, and finally achieving CUP approval.
Approved Rivendale Master Plan
Final Concept Plan Map
The City’s Park Planning and Open Space and Purchasing Divisions worked together to identify the funding and secure the services of a contractor to clear the abandoned and red-tagged structures that have been an eyesore in this location for many years. This work not only addresses a safety issue, but by returning the site to a more natural state it restores the groundwater recharge potential of the site. The contractor is separating materials wherever possible in order to have them recycled and diverted from the landfill. A portion of the newly cleared site will be improved into a gravel parking lot in early 2016 to accommodate visitors to the popular Towsley Canyon trails.
Stay tuned for more updates about Rivendale Park and Open Space.