Suisun City

2nd Lawler Ranch Park planning meet set

By From page A3 | April 10, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Lawler Ranch residents will get to see what their suggestions for added uses to Lawler Ranch Park will look like at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center.

Architectural renderings will be part of the discussions city park planners will have with neighbors of the east Suisun City park about how to best improve its undeveloped seven acres.

About 100 residents showed up at a March 22 meeting at the park, where they got information about the park, how it was planned and what potential improvements can be added in Phase II before they were asked to identify what improvements they wanted to see added.

“It was very good participation from the community, from the entire Lawler Ranch neighborhood,” said Recreation and Community Services Director Mick Jessop.

Je said he hopes to see that same energy throughout the process.

Adding shaded picnic areas, lighting, a drinking fountain, a dog park and a basketball court were some of the ideas.

Some of the talk April 24 will involve what would be the best way to incorporate one or more of the ideas, with the funding available for developing that part of the park, as well as to fund maintenance of those improvements.

The results of discussions from this workshop will be brought back for a workshop at 6:30 p.m. June 5 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center. A preferred plan will then be considered by the Parks and Recreation Commission, then by the City Council.

Suisun City planners laid out the plan for the park in 2004 and built the park’s three-acre first phase in 2007. That phase put in two playgrounds and picnic areas, a perimeter walking path, trees and landscaping. Initial plans for Phase II called for adding a gazebo, more pathways, turf, open grassland and more trees.

Phase II was put on hold until the city could find a sustainable funding source to provide ongoing maintenance, which was identified last year for the undeveloped seven acres of the park. The Recreation and Community Services Department revived plans in December 2013 to complete the remaining seven acres.

The community center is located at 611 Village Drive.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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