Millbrae park gets makeover; link to City Hall is next

More than $750,000 from state, local sources funded Central Park improvements

MILLBRAE — Now that massive renovations to Central Park are nearly complete, the city is looking forward to the added bonus of an improved gateway linking the new-and-improved park to City Hall.

A grand opening celebration for the revamped park, located at 477 Lincoln Circle, is scheduled for Nov. 4, according to Community Development Director Ralph Petty. Within the next month, weather permitting, work will also start on repaving

Lansdale Avenue, the small residential street linking the park to the civic center plaza.

Public Works Director Ron Popp said the street has many cracks due to tree roots and is considered one of the poorest conditioned streets in town. Work currently has to be done annually to make band-aid fixes to the street, Popp said, but those won’t be necessary once the $55,000 to $60,000 repaving project is complete.

“It’s going to be a great addition to that project,” Popp said.

One of the key elements of the approximately 15-acre park’s renovation is the regrading of the park and upgrading of its irrigation system, which will prevent the middle of the field from filling up with water every time it rains, Petty said. Other improvements include changes to make the park more accessible to the disabled, more planters, new picnic tables and play structures and a more attractive entryway from Laurel Avenue.

Popp said the bowl-like nature of the field never presented a problem for his department, but an old sewer pipe nearby — which has also been replaced — required annual maintenance to prevent it from leaking during the rainy season.

Work started in the beginning of July and will likely wrap up in the next couple weeks.

Funding for the nearly $781,000 project came from state parks grants, the city’s Redevelopment Agency and development impact fees that have been streaming steadily into the city since several housing, retail and commercial projects got underway downtown, Petty said.

Councilman Marc Hershman, who regularly frequents the park to play catch with his children, said he and his family are looking forward to the grand opening and a much less soggy playing field.

“It’s really a whole different park now,” Hershman said.

tramroop@examiner.com

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