Category Archives: Benicia Parks and Community Services Department

Call for public comments – time to advocate for Benicia Parks, Trails and Open Space

Benicia Parks, Trails, Open Space Master Plan update begins

LoveBeniciaParks.com

Vallejo Times-Herald, April 12, 2021
(See also the City of Benicia press release of April 7.)

The City of Benicia has begun work to update the 1997 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan to guide the planning, maintenance, development, and rehabilitation of Benicia’s parks, trails, and open
space system.

Benicia residents are invited to join in the process, which will be led by the Parks & Community Services Department, as the city seeks feedback from all members of the community about the future of Benicia’s parks, trails, and open space system.

The City of Benicia Parks & Community Services Department manages 28 parks totaling approximately 700 acres, including the 577-acre Lake Herman Regional Park and the 50-acre Benicia Community Park, all of which is managed under a system Master Plan that was adopted in 1997. The updated master plan will serve as a long-range planning and asset management document that provides a framework for understanding the financial investments needed to maintain and improve the parks, trails, and open space assets Benicia owns. The plan will provide a better understanding of the current and future maintenance needs and a capital improvement program to guide reinvestment.

Mayor Steve Young encourages the community to get involved, stating, “It has been 24 years since Benicia reviewed its parks program. While we know our parks are loved by our community, it is time to look to a plan for improving them and sustaining them into the future. This review process needs the considered comments of our community. Please watch for opportunities to get involved.”

Benicia has hired a consultant team that includes RHA Landscape ArchitectsPlanners, PROS Consulting, WRT Planning + Design, and the ETC Institute.

Doug Grove, RHA President, said, “Benicia has such a wonderful collection of parks, trails, and open space it is clear why residents are so proud of their city. Our goal is to engage the community in the most inclusive and innovative manner possible and to let the community’s values and unmet needs drive the priorities for Benicia’s future.”

The consulting team has developed an ADA-accessible, crowdsourcing website to guide this project at LoveBeniciaParks.com. This site will serve as the one-stop shop to provide all plan updates, list meeting dates, host online surveys and provide the community opportunities to continue sharing their feedback throughout the planning process.

Benicia will conduct two identical virtual public input meetings to gather feedback from residents. These meetings, which will be open to the public, seek to engage the Benicia community to obtain their input through live polling, Q&A, and public comments. The meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 28 and again on Thursday, April 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. Those who are unable to attend a virtual public meetings may view the recordings of the meetings at LoveBeniciaParks.com and share their feedback later.

Additionally, there will be follow up meetings later in the year to present the findings from the study and gather additional input from the community.

City of Benicia announces Community Services Phone Line – staff will make referrals for seniors during the COVID-19 emergency

City of Benicia Press Release, March 24, 2020

PRESS RELEASE
CITY OF BENICIA
City Hall, 250 East L Street
Benicia, California 94510
Contact: Lorie Tinfow, City Manager
ltinfow@ci.benicia.ca.us

CITY OF BENICIA UPDATE ON COVID-19
FOR MARCH 23, 2020
Community Services Phone Line Announced

Benicia, CA (March 24, 2020) — City Manager Lorie Tinfow announces the new Community Services phone line through the Parks and Community Services Department. Staff are available to answer questions and provide resources and referrals for calls received on the Community Services phone line, (707) 746- 4285, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For seniors, staff are available to make referrals to recognized local and Solano County non-profit organizations that have set up special services for seniors during the COVID-19 emergency.

Community member are encouraged to call (707) 746-4285 or email pcs@ci.benicia.ca.us with questions. Staff will be standing by to make referrals to the appropriate city departments or organization.

In other Parks & Community Services news, the new Virtual Recreation Center is available at ci.benicia.ca.us/virtualrec. As a resource to stay healthy, happy and connected, the site has ideas and links for indoor and outdoor activities. The site also shares nutrition information and links for kids, seniors, and community assistance. If you have a great resource that should be included, email details to pcs@ci.benicia.ca.us.

In support of the Governor’s shelter-at-home order and to encourage social distancing, most Benicia Parks and Community Services facilities are closed. They include the bocce ball and tennis courts at Civic Center Park, the Skate Park, all playgrounds, all park restrooms except City Park and the First Street Pier, the James Lemos Swim Center, the Clock Tower, the Benicia Community Center, the Benicia Senior Center and the City Gym.

Addition closure and cancellation information is available at ci.benicia.ca.us/coronavirus, along with up-to-date information on the City’s response to COVID-19.

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