Stakeholders for Willow Street Park, a.k.a. Frank Bramhall Park, raises grassroots participation for its conservation, preservation, planning, and safety.
This is a sub-group of Stakeholders for Safe Green Village, and we encourage a number of stakeholders to participate, including residents that live near the park; persons that use the park for everyday recreation; as well as regular groups, clubs and companies that are contracted with the city for use of the park (e.g., little league baseball, lawn bowling, Shakespeare and music companies, tennis, bocce ball, basketball, volleyball, etc.
Update on Willow Street-Bramhall Park
at the next WGNA Meeting, Thursday 12 July 2018
Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village will make an update and presentation on Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park at the next meeting of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Two years ago, in WGNA’s July 28, 2016 Board Meeting, issues relating to Bramhall-Wilow Street Park were presented by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village, then with a follow-up walk-through of the park happening that August. By November 2016, Dave Mitchell from San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) visited WGNA’s Board Meeting for a response and presentation. This July 2018, we will now review the issues from the last two years, give updates on the progress, and engage feedback on current and future needs in the park.
The Willow Glen Planning Area is one of fifteen large sub-areas in the City of San Jose’s “Greenprint“. The Planning Areas are used by the city in a number of ways, including how the Planning Division or the Parks Department monitors the supply and absorption of vacant land and to track and forecast development activity.
The Greenprint, in itself, is “a long-term plan that sets goals and strategies for how San José’s parks, trails, and community centers will change over the next 20 years. City staff and policymakers use the Greenprint as a guide as they explore the ways the parks system can help people in San José be healthier and happier. The City is working on a major update of its existing Greenprint, which was accepted by the City Council in 2009. The new Greenprint Update is expected to be complete in Spring 2018.”
The 2009 version of the Willow Glen Planning Area and “Greenprint” is what defines the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association’s area of membership and advocacy, as noted in our Bylaws and Policies. See the “Planning Maps” page of our website, and an annotated 2009 Willow Glen Planning Area here.
CURRENT STATUS, PROGRESS & TIMELINE
There are significant changes planned for Willow Street Park now and in the future, whereas construction and other structural changes began as of October 2016, after Mayor Liccardo and San Jose City Councilmembers voted in favor of Agenda Item 5.1: “Report on Bids and Award of Contract for the 7855 – Bramhall RestroomConcession-Storage Building Project” at the San Jose City Council Meeting for August 9, 2016.
Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village (SGV) had known of no public outreach or notification to area residents, especially those adjacent and nearby the park itself, even prior to the City Hall decision, as well as on breaking ground on Columbus Day (Monday, October 10, 2016).
Stakeholders SGV started taking significant note of issues in the park as of May and June 2016, addressing the related topics in partnership with Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA) as of June and July. The two organizations have written position papers and emails to the San Jose department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS), city officials, electoral candidates, and other neighborhood leaders. As construction of the new concession building goes forward, we shall remain advocating on a broad array of conditions concerning the park.
Construction of the new concession is expected to be finished sometime by winter 2017 (possibly January or February 2017 by soft estimates).
Now and into the long term, Stakeholders SGV and WGNA are addressing the restoration and upgrading of the Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park’s facilities while foremost preserving its historical heritage, ecological conservation, and overall green print. This goes beyond the new concession and storage building.
On Thursday 10 November 2016, at the board meeting of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA), Dave Mitchell made a presentation in response to park issues. He is the Planner/Project Manager for Frank Bramhall-Willow Street Park at the Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services of the City of San Jose.
In the original information shared with Stakeholders SGV and WGNA, it was stated by PRNS in the mini-plan set and budget schedule of the Bramhall Park Restroom and Concession Building project that the initial cost would be $1,200,000. See here on pages 38 to 54 of the Stakeholders SGV presentation (July 2016) for earlier details. But, as of 10 November 2016, Dave Mitchell stated in his presentation to WGNA that the revised cost will now be “$1,116,524 + $111,652 + $415,824 = $1,644,000”. The job was contracted and approved to Tucker Construction Construction on 09 August 2016. It’s currently underway.
After the new concession building is finished, the city also intends to go forward with a Lawn Bowling Green Renovation project. At that time of his last presentation on 10 November 2016, Mitchell stated that the scheduled and estimated cost of the Lawn Bowling Renovation had more than doubled. Money originally scheduled in the budget for the bowling green had also been traded to the new concession building project (mentioned above), increasing its cost.
In the original information shared with Stakeholders SGV and WGNA, it was stated by PRNS in the mini-plan set and budget schedule of the Bramhall Park Lawn Bowling Green Renovation project that the initial cost would be $850,000. See here on pages 64 to 73 of the Stakeholders SGV presentation (July 2016) for earlier details. But, as of 10 November 2016, Dave Mitchell stated in his presentation to WGNA that the cost will now be “$1,104,350 + $110,435 + $410,215 = $1,625,000”. That’s more than double its initial estimate, subject to approval from city council. That’s if the extra funds are granted, therein replacing those funds in the initial budget that have since been traded to the new concession stand. The job for the lawn bowling green is contracted to Goodland Landscape Construction and shall come before the San Jose City Council for a vote of approval on 13 December 2016.
Meanwhile, Stakeholders SGV has also asked the city to restore the existing building, the old Field House at Willow Street and Glen Brook Avenue. PRNS had first confirmed by email, as of 15 July 2016, that “The roof on the existing building as you stated is in poor shape. Staff is aware of the roof condition. A work order is in the process of being submitted the Public Works Department to replace the roof during this fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2017.” Stakeholders SGV pressed PRNS to make a firm commitment in those regards and make an early repair.
As of Monday 15 November 2016, repairs on the roof of the old field house finally began. At the board meeting of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association on Thursday 10 November 2016, Dave Mitchell (park planner for PRNS) made a presentation and stated that the new roof to the existing building will cost $30,000, contracted to California Roofing Company.
The park includes many other amenities, such as tennis, basketball, volleyball, bocce ball, picnic areas, etc., that need to be prioritized along with the scheduled budgeting over the next years.
The last Master Plan update for the Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park occurred nearly 25 years ago (1992). Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village believes that the Master Plan sets forth many of the standards to which we should still adhere today; but, park improvements should reflect new realities and a more green, sustainable model.
The amazing inventory of old trees (possibly worthy of San Jose Century Tree status) need to be conserved, as much as that the diseased and dead trees should be replaced with healthier specimens.
We are also advocating on issues related to the control of excessive litter, alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, suspicious activities, late night loitering, curfews, and so on. Stakeholders SGV and WGNA believe that the city needs to increase both police and park ranger enforcement, if not also implement neighborhood watch and conservation programs.
A first position paper regarding Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park was issued by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village on Thursday 04 August 2016. Previously, most position papers concerned the Lincoln Ave road diet (lane reduction and bikeways), starting in the year 2009 to the present.
Subject: San Jose City Council Meeting for August 9, 2016, Agenda Item 5.1: “Report on Bids and Award of Contract for the 7855 – Bramhall RestroomConcession-Storage Building Project.”
Addressed to: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo; San Jose City Council Members; Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, Council District 6; Norberto Dueñas, City Manager; San Jose Public Works Department; Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS).
Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village supports the planned improvements in Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park as they are currently scheduled for the 2016-2017 year. We are however questioning the process of Rules & Open Government, as well as the other outlying matters in the park that involve the usual Master Plan items and its vision. This includes everything from the park’s greenprint, its amenities, public safety concerns, etc.
We would like to see the restoration and upgrading of the Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park’s facilities while foremost preserving its historical heritage, ecological conservation, and overall green print.
Participatory planning for the preferred use of the park is essential. As noted in the 1992 Master Plan (25 years ago), it seems to be in our interest to limit those developments in the park that are contrary to the preferred use….
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING: PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION, PARTICIPATION
A Stakeholders WSP Presentation happened on Thursday 28 July 2016 with the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA) that included community
discussion and participation. We encourage you to go to their website and see the July Meeting Agenda. (Minutes from that meeting will be posted after their approval in August.)
The WGNA meeting was located at the community room of the Willow Glen Public Library. The meeting begins at 7pm with items on the agenda related to other WGNA affairs; whereas, sometime after 7:35pm we started the presentation on Willow Street park (since the meeting went off schedule for a few minutes at the opening, allowing organizers from Viva Calle to speak).
Open discussion and participation related to the Willow Street Bramhall Park presentation began after 8:15pm. The public engagement was encouraged, including open discussion, comments, opinions, ideas, calls to action, and participation from the membership and the community at large.
During the discussion part of the meeting, membership and the WGNA Board of Directors agreed to draft a position paper to the San Jose City Council before their decision.
According to Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS), “A construction bid award memo is tentatively scheduled for City Council consideration at its August 9, 2016, weekly meeting…
“If the City Council approves the project, then construction should start in October and be completed by the end of February.” As PRNS confirmed by email, this should be the regular City Council meeting August 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers.
Memo to be posted online, date to be announced.
SOCIAL MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS:
The sub-group features a Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/StakeholdersWSP that communicates regular updates and activities to its participants.
Its social networking handle and hashtag is #StakeholdersWSP, standing for Stakeholders for Willow Street Park. This page was started on 22 June 2016.
Visit the Facebook Page for notifications, updates, photo albums, activities, live events, ongoing everyday discussions, private messaging, networking with your neighbors, etc.
PUBLIC OUTREACH & NOTIFICATION:
Canvassing of the neighborhood on the topics related Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park began as of the weeks from 17 to to 27 July 2016. This project was solely under the domain of Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village and Willow Glen Neighborhood Association with no support from the City of San Jose. It was done completely by volunteer work., reaching a minimum of 150 households directly surrounding the park.
THE STRATEGY: PLANNING & TASKING
The purpose of the sub-group, Stakeholders for Willow Street Park (a.k.a. Frank Bramhall Park) includes the following”:
Reversing adverse impact to the park’s facilities and general ecology, including blight and environmental degradation.
Restoring and upgrading the park’s facilities while foremost preserving its historical heritage, ecological conservation, and overall greenprint.
Ensuring the conformity of city policy during park use, maintenance, and planning.
Ensuring the provision and maintenance of security and safety measures in the park.
Ensuring ecological and green initiatives for the conservation of the park.
Siting and replacing dead or deceased trees or plants with new, healthier, and stronger varieties. Making an initiative to increase the greenery in the park while ensuring their maintenance and regeneration.
Participatory planning for the preferred use of the park; i.e., limiting those developments in the park that are contrary to the preferred use.
THE STRATEGY: OBJECTIVES & PRIORITIES
Per the meeting on Thursday 28 July 2016, a position paper will be written on behalf of the community and on the subject of changes at Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park.
Further strategies are soon to be determined after the public meeting on Thursday 28 July 2016. Follow this page and other social media for updates.
VALUES & CONCEPTS
[To be expanded from the above brief, after the public meeting on Thursday 28 July 2016.]
METHODOLOGY & TOOLS
[To be expanded from the above brief, after the public meeting on Thursday 28 July 2016.]