Joe Sampson and Frisbie Parks

Rialto, CA

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Project Description

The Altum Group has worked with the City of Rialto to prepare CEQA documentation for several park development projects. Joe Sampson park was a proposed 7.46-acre neighborhood park located at the northeast corner of Cactus Avenue and Randall Avenue. Frisbie Park is an existing 28-acre park requiring ADA improvements and general expansion. Each project involved preparation of an IS/MND and associated technical studies.

Project Challenge

Joe Sampson Park would be similar in size to other neighborhood parks in the City by ranging from one to ten acres and would accommodate spaces for both informal activities and active recreation; including picnic areas and playing fields. The park would include a grassy open field for sports, rubberized surface and decomposed granite walking paths constructed around the perimeter of the park, two-half court basketball courts, two shade shelters, a child’s playground with tot lot playground, one restroom facility/electrical room, shaded trees interspersed throughout the park and along perimeter walking paths and two parking lots to provide a total of 128 parking spaces.

The expansion of Frisbie Park consists of constructing facilities and amenities on approximately 17-acres of undeveloped park land. The expansion would be similar to other neighborhood parks in the City which accommodate space for both passive and active recreation; including picnic areas and playing fields. Additionally, as part of the project, ADA improvements, such as removing and replacing sidewalks, bleachers, pathways, etc., will be installed during construction within both the proposed park expansion and within the existing park.

Both parks had areas of the site that were located within a drainage area causing issues with hydrology and watershed. There was also a high potential for cultural and biological resources on site as both sites had undisturbed natural habitat areas that were planned for development.

Project Solution

For both projects, Altum provided project management oversight for subconsultants who prepared various technical studies in support of the CEQA document. This included management of a biological subconsultant that performed field surveys for sensitive species as well as a cultural subconsultant who ran an in-depth review of the areas. Staff successfully managed all subconsultants while still meeting City deadlines for funding and approval.