Rancho Santa Fe Association board OKs funds for park extensions, ADA ramps

By Karen Billing

The last pieces of the Village parks improvement project are slated to be completed, as the Rancho Santa Fe Association board voted March 7 to pledge $38,500 from the Covenant Enhancement Fund to construct park extensions and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramps for the parks.

Chris Livoni, associate planner, said the money is part of the $106,000 approved by the Association board for park improvement work in 2010, but because it has been so long since the approval, they decided to re-bid the work and come back to the board for approval.

Of the $106,000 approved, approximately $64,000 has been spent on planting and irrigation installation, new benches, trash receptacles and the decomposed granite path that winds through the parks.

In 2010, the work was estimated to cost $41,500. The lowest bid currently is $31,827 from Pal General Engineering. The additional $6,500 is for additional engineering and permitting costs.

The extensions of the current curb lines will make more of a peninsula on the two park edges at Avenida de Acacias and Linea del Cielo and on the other side at La Gracia and Avenida de Acacias.

The ADA ramps were requested to be revisited by a member of the Association with challenges who had trouble getting into the parks at last year’s July 4 parade.

“This is something that we really should do for our community,” RSF Association Vice President Anne Feighner said, noting that a number of people with disabilities in the community could benefit from the improved accessibility.

She requested the work be done by this year’s July 4 parade and Livoni said they should be able to meet that timeline.

The RSF Association will be able to submit a reimbursement for the work from the Rancho Santa Fe Community Services District as almost all of the proposed work occurs within the county right-of-way.