Mini excavator on construction site. Excavator regulates the terrain around the house. Digger digging soil with shovels in foreground

Alta Vista Park is undergoing renovations that include improvements to the dog park, drainage channel and playground. 

Wrapping up in March, the $200,000 project has long been on Jon Edwards’ radar. The vice mayor represents the Willow District. 

“This is one of the busiest parks in the Willow District,” Edwards said. “I am so pleased to see that it is getting the attention needed so the community can continue to enjoy a first-class park.”

The community can expect to see an improvement made to the dog park to allow rotational closure for maintenance and cleaning. 

The addition of a third cell in the dog area will allow for turf maintenance to proceed while still leaving a small and large dog cell open for play. Currently, there are two cells, requiring one to be closed during cleaning. Dog park improvements also include the relocation of shading to a more efficient area.

Families will be able to enjoy playground features like new decking, slides, and repairs to the playground rock wall. All tables, benches and trash cans will also be replaced or repaired. 

“I’m very excited,” Edwards said. “Any time we do refreshing of parks, it’s a good thing. It’s a win-win for the community and the city because parks are used so well,” Edwards said.

Edwards is also focused on retention basins. New landscaping will be installed around the basin, and the drainage channel will be renovated.

The landscaping is expected to include nine trees, 23 plants and 195 tons of granite. The totals for the project are 240 tons of granite, 420 tons of mulch, 131 plants and 36 box trees. 

“It’s a very well-used park, and I think this is going to bring more activity to it because of all the amenities we’re adding to it,” Edwards said.

Various areas and amenities are closed during the construction process, he said. 

“With the changes coming to Alta Vista, I am really excited,” Edwards said. 


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