West Park update: A big donation; plans moving forward
Park plans, permits and bids
Somersett West Park continues its move toward a spring ground-breaking. Park plans are currently in the hands of the city, permits have been pulled and City Parks Manager Jeff Mann is putting the park plans out for bid this month, which he says is an ideal time to present bids to contractors. “This is the best time to get reasonable prices,’’ he said.
If the city gets a good bid, work on the park should start in the spring, right around the time that the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant money is expected to be available (see more about the grant below).
According to Mann, “all of the stumbling blocks seem to have fallen away” for West Park. See this timeline graphic
Grants and fund-raising
Earlier this fall we learned that Somersett West Park was awarded a 2018 Petsafe® Bark for Your Park™ grant totaling $25,000. West Park was one of just 13 community dog parks chosen for the grant from among 120 applicants. Congratulations and thanks to John Willoughby of the Somersett Parks Advisory Committee, who wrote the application.
And even more good news came from city Parks Manager Jeff Mann, who said that West Park is first in line in Nevada in 2019 for a $200,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund in conjunction with the state of Nevada. “It’s pretty much a done deal,’’ he said. The grant money is expected to be available around March 1, 2019.
But even with these grants, the park is still short of the money needed to install all of the planned and approved amenities. The city had $850,000 set aside to build the park, of which about $100,000 has been spent on plans and grading work. The bids for construction costs are expected to come in higher than that, meaning that some park amenities will have to be phased in. To that end, the SOA’s Somersett Parks Committee has partnered with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation to accept donations to fill this gap.
You can donate to the General Park fund (the committee’s preferred option), or you may select one of the specific amenities – Dog Park, Community Garden, Family Area – or purchase a memorial paver (sample at right) to be placed in a special area near the park entrance. Those who purchase pavers now will ensure they are installed in the first phase of construction.
PLEASE consider donating now so that we can include as many features as possible in the first phase of construction! Donate or purchase pavers here: https://www.tmparksfoundation.org/somersett-west-park
About the park
West Park will be conveniently located off Hawk Meadow Trail, near Fire Station #19 and across Somersett Parkway from The Vue. See this map.
The park is sure to be popular with dog owners, as it will have two dog parks – one for large and another for small dogs. The Dog Park area is quite large because it takes advantage of uneven topography that would not be suitable for any other use.
Gardeners in the community will enjoy the irrigated raised beds in the Community Garden. The Parks committee is currently working on an administration plan for the garden beds.
There will also be a Family Play Area and a pavilion with picnic tables, an exercise trail, a large grassy area and access to a trailhead.
Somersett Parks Advisory Committee dissolved
Because the committee has completed all work included in its charter and the construction of West Park is now in the hands of the city, on Dec. 12, 2018, the Board accepted the committee’s recommendation that it be dissolved. The Board noted that an ad-hoc garden committee and/or a park ranger program may be formed at a later date. Many thanks to the committee members who worked diligently and enthusiastically to create a park that will truly be an asset to the community: Nancy Chontos, John Willoughby, Mike Bettinghouse, Ken McNeil, Chris Watters and Board representative Jason Roland. Job well done!