Borel Park Development Project

The City has committed to developing Borel Park as part of the proposed Fire Station 25 relocation project.The new fire station is planned to be located on the southeast corner of Borel Avenue and Shafter Street. The balance of the site will become the developed 1.1 acre Borel Park.

On February 21, 2018 a neighborhood meeting was held to present preliminary design concepts for Borel Park. Designs were prepared by David Volz Design, Landscape Architecture based on comments received from the neighbors at meetings held in October of 2016. Comments about the design were received and documented by the city staff. 

Concept A

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Concept B

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Master Plan

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Concept Board

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Project Status:

The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting additional comments on the three design options. An application has been made for a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant. Grant award notification will not occur until June 2018 so until then the budget for the project has not been determined. The final plan will be prepared based on neighborhood comments and the available project budget.

June 2018 - Update
The City was not chosen as one of the recipients of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant.

July 2018 - Update
Three concepts were presented to the Park and Recreation Commission meeting on July 11, 2018.  After public input and Commissioner comments it was decided to go with the Master Plan version presented that evening (see design above).

November 2018 - Update
City Council reviewed the designs for Borel Park and favored Concept C (Master Plan).

December 2018 - Update
Park and Recreation Commission unanimously recommended to the City Council the approval of the Borel Park Master Plan and Mitigated Negative Declaration.

January 2019 - Update
City Council unanimously approved the Borel Park Master Plan and Mitigated Negative Declaration.

February/March 2019 - Update
Request for Proposal (RFP) posted for Professional Design Services for the Borel Park Development Project. Bids due back from RFP process will be reviewed. Staff is working toward awarding the contract for Professional Design Services at May 20th City Council meeting.

May 2019 - Update
Professional Design Services contract was awarded to David Volz Design at the May 20th City Council meeting.

September 4, 2019 - Update
Design Development Plan submitted and reviewed by Park and Recreation Commission

February 2020 - Update
Revised site grading plan, master plan, and arborists reports received.
Another LWCF grant application submitted to State Parks Office of Grants and Local Assistance (OGALS)

July 2020 - Update
State Park OGALS recommended the LWCF grant application to the National Park Service  for review and funding consideration.  .

August 2020 - Update
Received word from State Park OGALS to begin the process required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

September 2020 - Update
Archaeological Consultant hired to perform  Section 106 process and Consultant prepares initial Description of the Undertaking and Area of Potential Effect and City submits to State Parks.  

Planning Application submitted to the City’s Planning Division for Site Development Permit and SPAR.

October 2020 - Update
Incomplete comments on Planning application received.

January 2021 - Update
Revised Planning Application Documents and 60% Construction Documents submitted. 

February 2021 - Update
Comments on Revised Planning Application Documents and 60% Construction Documents submitted back to consultant for updating.  

March 2021 - Update
Received word from State Park OGALS that the State Office of Historic Preservation approved the  Archaeologist’s letter regarding the Description of the Undertaking and Area of Potential Effect and gave the go-ahead to proceed with the next step in the Section 106 process which is to Request a file search and recommendation from the California Historical Research Resource Information System (CHRIS), conduct a Native American Tribal Consultation process and conduct a site archeological survey.   

April 2021 - Update 
Archaeological consultant conducted a file search request and received a response regarding the CHRIS file search indicating that no archaeological sites are known within ½ mile of the site and included a letter from the Native American Heritage Commission with a list of Native American Tribes to contact during the Tribal Consultation. Tribal Consultation process initiated.  Archaeological survey to be conducted at site by Archaeological consultant. 

Received updated PA documents and 95% Construction Documents from Design Consultant. Submitted revised PA documents to City’s Planning  Division for review.

Anticipate approval of Planning Application.

May / June 2021 - Update
Anticipate submittal for Permits.

June 2021 - Update
Anticipate project out to bid.

June/July 2021 - Update 
Anticipate conclusion of Tribal Consultation and submittal of Section 106 report to State Park OGALS.

July/September 2021 - Update
Anticipate permit issuance.

Late July/Early August - Update 
Anticipate bid opening.

September 2021 - Update
Anticipate contract construction award – (Note cannot break ground until grant is approved and Grant Contract awarded by National Park Services via State Parks OGALS).

August / October 2021 - Update
Anticipate Grant Approval and Grant Contract Award.

October 2021 - Update
Anticipate ground breaking to begin construction.

June/July 2022 - Update
Anticipate completion of construction work excluding 90 day Plant Establishment and Maintenance Period.  

September/October 2022 - Update
Anticipate end of 90 day Maintenance / Plant Establishment Period.   

October 2022 - Update
Anticipate Acceptance.

TBD: Mid August / October 2022
Opening of park to public: If during 90 day Maintenance / Plant establishment period City would be liable for any damage.  Suggest to not open to public until at least 45 days after the sod lawn has been installed.     

The Parks and Recreation Department has re-submitted the Planning Application for Borel Park and expects April approval. 95% Construction Documents have been reviewed and comments have been returned to Dave Volz  Design. The department has received tentative approval for the Land and Water Grant by the State of California. The Native American Tribes identified by the State of California have been sent a notification letter for their review, and an archeological survey will be completed by the end of April. The project is scheduled to go out to bid June 2021.

Project Contact:

(650) 522-7400