Rancho Cucamonga seeks input on the future of Central Park – California News

Rancho Cucamonga seeks input on the future of Central Park – California News

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Councilwoman Diane Williams knows there may be some public frustration when it comes to the completion of the 100-acre Central Park.

So planning officials are going back to the drawing board and asking residents what they want to see at the city’s largest park.

The City Council recently agreed to revise the long term planning document also known as the Rancho Cucamonga Central Park Master Plan. As part of that effort, the Park and Recreation Commission will hold a workshop Tuesday to get public input.

“In the big picture, we don’t need to hurry, we’ll be OK,” Williams said Friday afternoon.

Rancho Cucamonga’s Central Park has a community and senior center, a pavilion with picnic amenities, the Freedom Courtyard and playground built on 30-acres.

It’s been nearly a decade since officials were presented with plans for an aquatics center on a portion of 70 acres still not developed. There’s also been no further discussion to build lakes and passive open spaces.

Deputy City Manager Elisa Cox said the 30-year-old planning document has gone through a few iterations since it was first developed.

Under the latest plan, the city was proposing to build out the park in two 30-acre phases. The fourth phase would have added some amenities.

Development of the land, however, was also slowed by the economic recession. In addition, there is no funding source after residents in 2000 defeated a ballot measure that would have taxed residents $129 annually over a 20-year period to pay for development and maintenance of the park. Officials had also planned to use funds from its now defunct redevelopment agency…

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