The City of Santa Rosa’s plans to rebuild Coffey Neighborhood Park are moving forward with several key items of progress occurring this month. Earlier in October, staff with the Recreation & Parks Department learned that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated funding for all park projects within the City’s fire damaged parks, including Coffey Neighborhood Park. Additionally, the design firm Carlile Macy was selected by the City’s proposal review committee to draft the new park design based on neighborhood input. The City Council will consider recommended approval for the contract soon. On October 2nd, crews with the Transportation & Public Works Department began the process towards infrastructure recovery by installing a temporary protective fence around the park perimeter. This was done to secure physical hazards, prevent illegal dumping, and in preparation for debris removal to begin December 2018.
Debris removal is set to begin in December at Coffey Neighborhood Park. This follows the August 2018 testing for hazardous materials, which were determined to be either below their respective health screening criteria and cleanup goals or not detected. The initial debris removal process will involve clearing away above ground fire damaged debris and equipment, illegally dumped debris, and hazardous trees. The park clean-up will be conducted under the same permit process and rules as private property debris removal projects. Once the debris is removed, the park will receive erosion control preparations for storm water management. The five acres of turf is scheduled for remediation in the summer of 2019 when dry weather allows for efficient removal of the top 2 to 3 inches of turf and soil. An overview of the project scope can be found on informational banners attached to the park’s perimeter fence, along with a link to the City’s CIP project web page.
The City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks and Transportation & Public Works Departments are coordinating the recovery and reconstruction of Coffey Neighborhood Park. Transportation & Public Works maintains oversight on the debris removal process while Recreation & Parks coordinates public input on the design and reconstruction of the park. For information and updates, visit SRCity.org/Coffey-Project.
Coffey Neighborhood Park Recovery Update - Media Release