The AP master plan is here!
THIS is a link to the public hearing agenda for this Wednesday, which contains another link to the AP master plan.
It’s 221 pages, but the meat and potatoes are in the first ten pages, which touches on the parks play features, staffing, hours, parking, landscape, and financial details. Everything here seems to match up with what was reached during the public workshops.
Following these initial pages is a quick overview of the information presented at the public workshops, followed by pictograph reports of the designer’s visits to various playgrounds in Southern California in order to research concepts for AP. The visits include, but are not limited to, Huntington Beach AP, Yorba Linda, AP, and Berkeley AP.
At about page 55 you will find a list of existing materials that will be kept for the new renovation. The list is rather small, with just some rocks, plastic tunneling, and the pirate ship wheel, etc. The most important thing here is that they are keeping the trees! This is noted much earlier in the first ten pages as well.
Following this section is the existing conditions report that we requested at the beginning of our saga. Here you will find details of the structural state of the AP facilities, along with certain “no-nos” concerning ADA and other technical stuff like distance between rail posts, improper hiding areas, lack of “fall-protection”, drainage, and a whole slew of things that could get you hurt. This report is basically a front seat view to the clash between the old school ‘break-your arm climbing that thing and learn yourself a lesson days’, and the days of, ‘my kid broke his arm on that awful pirate ship and now I’m suing you’ days. AP goes through the ringer here, and the best review I can give of what happened is that none of us on the Defenders side had the time, expertise, or patience to knit pick each line item and push for a itemized restoration of each individual problem. To pay homage to the Challenger and Adventurer, there were no structural complaints, only regulatory ones. Those babies were built solid.
Following the existing conditions report is WHOLE LOT of information relating to parking. Apparently figuring out parking is a lot of work, but the general consensus is that everything is cool as long as any big reservations are controlled by city staff, and the focus is on drop-in’s and contract classes. I will admit, I never would have imagined so much work went into figuring out parking. We’re talking a dozen or more pages.
Next up is the environmental impact report. This deals with topography in relation to ADA access as well as storm water runoff, recirculation, and drainage. This section is the longest and most detailed. If you ever wanted to know what a government bureaucracy looks like, you can get a pretty good idea here. We’re talking about reporting who the original indigenous native Americans were that inhabited this land centuries ago. Not even Paleontology gets left behind here! This is the main bulk of the report; nearly 100 pages of some determined soul’s work jumping though dozens of hoops and coming out the other end with a stamp of “no-impact”. Nothing here jumped out at me as concerning, but I didn’t do much here other than hit page down in 3 or 4 second intervals.
Lastly is some more technical detail relating to the approval of the modification by the planning commission.
After an initial and cursory review, nothing seems to have set off any alarms on this end. It appears the main features and concepts agreed upon in the public workshops are reflected here. The finer details of the park features such as the pond, ropes course, rock wall, and ‘build your own adventure’ are still unclear. These things have the potential to be either really awesome or really lame, and there is not much telling yet. Maybe as the re-construction process develops, us Defenders will get to collaborate on such fine details. As for now, things look right on paper, which leaves us to say yes to the master plan. Unless something new comes to light, let’s hope the planning commission on Wednesday agrees.
Defenders of Adventure Playground