Grandview Park Improvement Project
(Montemalaga Drive, between Via Panorama and Grayslake Road)
The goal of the Grandview Park Improvement Project is to enhance accessibility, recreational opportunities, and the aesthetic appearance at the park. The City worked with a landscape architect to perform a site analysis, conduct community outreach, and create conceptual designs of both Grandview Park and Lower Hesse Park simultaneously.
City Council reviewed conceptual designs for Grandview Park on December 7, 2010 and directed staff to complete the environmental review process for the Sycamore Plan. View the conceptual plans (PDF). Staff is currently working on the environmental analysis for the plans, which will be available for public comment once completed.
To view reports on the history of the project and Council actions, please see the project history section at the bottom of this webpage. Please join the project listerv to receive updates.
- Conceptual Design Process
- Public Outreach Table
- Project History
- Project Background
- Planning & Public Outreach
- Neighborhood Meeting
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The Conceptual Design Process
Public outreach performed by consultant, Mia Lehrer & Associates, and City staff included three community workshops during which community input was gathered and preliminary designs were shared. Staff also took public outreach tables to shopping centers and special events throughout the Peninsula to share information with the public and to gather input.
At the May 15 Community Workshop, the City's landscape architect led participants through a site analysis of both park sites to gather resident input.
At the July 17 Community Workshop, the city's landscape architect and city staff presented conceptual designs of the two parks and discussed traffic and circulation, park programming, and park character.
At the September 25 Community Workshop, Mayor Wolowicz, city staff, and the city's landscape architect shared conceptual designs of Lower Hesse and Grandview parks with the community and solicited feedback.
Parks Improvement Public Outreach Table
Staff brought a public outreach table to locations throughout the city to gather input from residents.
Project History & Previous Council Actions
December 7, 2010 City Council Meeting
On December 7, 2010 City Council directed staff to proceed with the environmental review process for the Sycamore Plan for Grandview Park.
- View the December 7, 2010 City Council Staff Report (PDF).
- View the December 7, 2010 Conceptual Design presentation created by Mia Lehrer and Associates (PDF) (PDF).
April 20, 2010 City Council Meeting
On April 20, 2010, City Council awarded a contract to landscape architect Mia Lehrer & Associates to conduct community workshops and create conceptual designs of Lower Hesse and Grandview parks.
- View the April 20, 2010 City Council Staff Report (PDF).
- View Mia Lehrer & Associates' Original Proposal (PDF).
November 17, 2009 City Council Meeting
After considering public testimony and the information presented by staff, the City Council approved the conceptual improvement plans for Lower Hesse Park and Grandview Park and directed staff to retain consultants to prepare design plans for these parks and to create opportunities for public input concerning the design of these community parks. Original conceptual designs were modified based on input received at two neighborhood meetings from individuals residing near the parks. The following modified plans were presented to the City Council at its November 17, 2009 meeting:
- View the modified plan for Lower Hesse Park (PDF).
- View the modified plan for Grandview Park (PDF).
- View the November 17, 2009 City Council Power Point Presentation (PDF).
- View the November 17, 2009 City Council Staff Report (PDF).
- View the Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by staff in December 2009 (PDF).
On February 16, 2010, the City Council adopted its 2010 Tactical Plan (PDF). The Tactical Plan is intended to establish the City Council's goals and priorities and therefore direct the work of City staff for the upcoming year. One of the many tactical goals adopted by the City Council includes the following:
Goal: Improve the City's recreational and educational facilities by expanding opportunities for active recreational uses and improving access to all parks.
- Sub-goal: Provide improvements to Grandview Park and Lower Hesse Park.
- Milestone: Present a report to the City Council regarding possible options to improve Lower Hesse Park and Grandview Park for active recreation
Planning Process & Public Outreach
To address these goals, City staff performed an extensive visioning process, relying on public input and information from a variety of available sources including, but not limited to:
- The City's Parks Master Plan (Adopted 1989)
- The Conceptual Trails Plan (2008) (PDF)
- The City of Rancho Palos Verdes Parks and Recreation and Open Space Task Force Community Survey
- 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) (2009) (PDF)
- Sports Field Use Inventory and Peninsula-wide Recreational Resources Inventory
- Ongoing input from the general public
Neighborhood Meeting: Grandview HOA
Prior to presenting the City Council with the conceptual park improvement plans, City Staff along with two City Council members (Councilman Dyda and Councilman Long) met with residents near Grandview Park to introduce the conceptual plans and to receive initial input on the proposed design schemes. View the conceptual plan presented to the Grandview neighborhood on November 11, 2009 (PDF).
To receive electronic updates on the park improvement plans, including future public outreach opportunities, via email, subscribe to the Lower Hesse Park / Grandview Park Listserve group. Inquiries regarding the park improvement projects should be directed to Katie Howe, Administrative Analyst, Recreation and Parks Department at 310-544-5260 or email the department.