On Sept. 9 Jim Newton, the project manager for the Cays Park Master Plan, held a workshop for Coronado residents to give consensus on the items compiled by previous surveys identified as wants for the Master Plan. The data used to put this list of seven vision items together included surveys and public workshops available to Coronado residents and homeowners from 2019 when development on a master plan began, as well as a recent online survey conducted by the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association (of which the city was not involved with).
The seven vision items outlined by Newton at the meeting are as follows:
Amount of parking currently provided should be maintained, no expansion of parking facilities is desired.
Increased seating and shaded areas (while protecting existing view corridors as much as possible) are desirable.
Playground: Updating playground equipment (for accessibility) within existing footprint is desired and open to consideration of moving/expanding the area to accommodate additional accessibility, seating and/or shade.
The existing softball field should be maintained.
A reduction in sports field utilization (via programming and/or physical space allocated) is desirable.
Dog park: Existing space for dog park is adequate and should be maintained and open to consideration of barrier between dog park and remaining park space (via mounds or landscaping – not a fence).
The existing character of the park, including its existing view corridors, should be maintained. Space gained through reduction in sports fields or other features should be utilized for passive park amenities including natural landscaping or grading elements, walking paths, or other features that support a family-oriented park environment for resident’s use.
Community members present at the public workshop had a variety of questions and comments on these potential action items for the park’s master plan. Roger Miller, Director of Recreation and Golf Services in Coronado, spoke to questions regarding tennis and pickleball, stating that the separate workshop underway for those sports pertains to sport policies and fee structures and is not connected to the Cays Park Master Plan at this time. The park plan involves a budget while the tennis and pickleball project does not.
Miller also went on to explain that at present, “There is more demand than fields available [in Coronado] for all sports, not just field sports.” One resident wondered whether or not that had been taken into account for the “reduction in sports field utilization” on the vision list. Newton responded that at this time as no space modifications and potential specifications have been decided on and remain unknown at this time, that has not been taken into consideration via the surveys conducted. “But I feel it’s my responsibility as project manager,” Newton added, “that if I bring up a plan before the City Council that shows reduction in sports fields, I need to explain to them what the ramification are so that they can make an educated and informed decision on whether or not that’s acceptable.”
Another resident wanted to verify that the Cays Park is maintained by the City of Coronado and not specifically by residents of the Cays, asking if all residents in town should have a say in the plan as it affects many families in Coronado. Newton responded by saying, “All Coronado residents are welcome to fill out and participate in this process.”
After that period of public comment, Newton proceeded to take a vote on each item (including sub-items individually for those divided into two parts) on the vision list. Per the public workshop, if the amount of hands raised in favor of an item accounted for the majority of those in attendance, the item would remain on the list for consideration in the design plans for the next phase of the Master Plan.
Votes went as follows:
Majority of hands raised in favor of maintaining current level of parking spaces
No majority, about half of hands were raised prompting further analysis of community desire to increase seating and shaded areas in the park
Playground: majority of hands raised in favor of updating playground equipment to increase accessibility within existing space and no majority, prompting further analysis of community desire to consider moving or expanding playground designated area
Slight majority of hands raised in favor of maintaining existing softball field
No majority, prompting further analysis of community desire to reduce sports field utilization
Dog Park: majority of hands raised in favor of maintaining existing space for the dog park and no majority, prompting further analysis of community desire for a landscaped barrier between the dog park and the rest of the park
No majority, *prompting further analysis of action item as written, **majority of hands raised to maintain existing character of the park
*Public found the “existing character of the park should be maintained” to be too much of a loaded statement to vote on, with some members of the community viewing the first sentence, “The existing character of the park, including its existing view corridors, should be maintained,” to be counterintuitive to the rest of the statement which precludes changes to the existing space.
**Per public suggestion, Newton took another vote based solely on the first sentence as a separate part of the item.
Suggestions were made during the voting period such as adjusting the dog park to expand an addition 25 yards north in the park, or expanding “reduction in sports field utilization” to two separate parts about a desire to see less soccer tournaments on weekends vs. a reduction in soccer field space. Reduction in sports field utilizaiton” was the most commented on portion of the current list as it stands and stands.
Newton laid out the future for the Cays Park Master Plan process, which begins with a period of feedback based on the vision item list from the public workshop on Sept. 9. All Coronado residents are welcome to send feedback to Newton via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 23 to be further considered for the plan’s development before the next step in the planning process.
A similar public workshop to determine community consensus on design elements shaped by the feedback from this meeting and submitted to Newton is to be held at a later date to determine what design elements are to be included. Date and time for the Consensus on Design Elements Public Workshop will be announced at a later date.
For more information about the current status of the Coronado Cays Park Master Plan, please visit: https://commentcoronado.org/cays-park..