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City seeks input for Grape Day Park Master Plan

ESCONDIDO— Grape Day Park is going to be renovated and the city is asking the community for input. Three workshops are being held, the first of which will be Aug. 2 at 12:30 p.m.

The city has contracted RHA Landscape Architects to get input from the community and draft a master plan for the park’s development. Grape Day Park currently doesn’t have a Master Plan, according to Library and Community Services Director Loretta McKinney.

Doug Grove of RHA will guide each workshop.

“It is important for Grove and the city to hear the valuable input and concerns of the community in order to create an appropriate plan that will serve the community for generations to come,” said McKinney.

The Vinehinge playground will be expanded and more amenities will be added. The type of amenities the city will add depends on what residents say they want at the workshops.

“The master plan will incorporate the existing facilities with new concepts that benefit the entire community while preserving the natural beauty of the area,” said McKinney.

RHA Landscape was chosen among 11 other landscape architects and received $100,000 to draft the Master Plan, design the playground equipment and to oversee construction.

“They do this all the time, so they know how to engage the community, to get the information that they’re seeking and to help get the input for that Master Plan,” said McKinney.

The funding comes from the city’s Capital Improvement Projects budget.

The first workshop this Saturday will be held in the Mitchell Room of City Hall. Residents are encouraged to wear their walking shoes since they will be touring the park.

The second community workshop will be Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and RHA Landscape will have drafted concepts for the playground and Master Plan.

The final workshop where community is asked to participate in the drafting is Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.