Rancho Santa Fe Village Parks improvement work begins


By Karen Billing

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Rancho Santa Fe Village Parks on April 18 to kick off work on the extensions of the two triangular park segments, as well as a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramp and sidewalk improvements. RSF Association board members wielded golden shovels to make ceremonial divots — the county was expected to begin actual work by April 22, which is scheduled to take 20 to 25 working days.

An RSF Association member with physical challenges had trouble getting into the parks at last year’s July 4 parade and requested that the board look into making the changes.

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 extensions provide room for pause for a person crossing through the five-way intersection.

“It really strengthens the connection from The Inn to the village and the other way around,” RSF Association Assistant Manager Ivan Holler said.

The RSF Association approved the $38,500 cost of the project last month using funds from the Covenant Enhancement Fund. The RSF Association will be able to submit a reimbursement for the work to the Rancho Santa Fe Community Services District as almost all of the work occurs within the county right-of-way.