Below are responses from San Pablo Park neighbors to the student plans. Send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include it here.
I'm interested in how the tennis courts fit into any park renovation plans since they are heavily used, have much historical significance, and are in very poor shape.
Thanks for the info. Louise Mozingo was my favorite professor and now friend. She is a very socially aware landscape architect. I would trust her analysis of the park and hope that it helps the City.
From Stephen Swanson:
The strongest ideas I picked up from the students' plans were the need for a wide pathway around the park, and the desirability of a stronger central focus and pathway through the middle of the park. Also, the students confirmed my view that the park needs more community focus, as opposed to a strictly utilitarian regional sports focus. I think the students came up with some strong ideas to open up the community center (from a design perspective, programming is another matter) to the pubic and the park.
Almost the entire park is worn out and the rec. center is junk, so considering large-scale changes is reasonable. If I were king of San Pablo Park and had a few million but not many millions, I would consider the following changes which would make a difference but not upset current sports use: The southwest corner has been problematic for years - redesign it by cutting dawn the evergreen trees and create a draw (for example, if we had outdoor rec. staff, a wading pool is inexpensive to operate and would be huge on summer weekends, and could otherwise be a bowl for skateboarders). Plant more deciduous trees in the interior of the park and place many more benches and scattered picnic tables through-out the park. Create a wide perimeter pathway with some landscaping and benches on the perimeter. Build a new rec. center that looks out on the park. Push the softball field 150' forward towards the baseball field (this would still allow present field use) to create room for a landscaped socializing and natural area that would be fun for kids play as well.
On a programming level, San Pablo would benefit tremendously from having outdoor rec. staff and more programming for everyone. An outdoor farmers market would be nice.