Board approves West Park site plan
Somersett West Park is another step closer to becoming a reality thanks to the SOA Board’s approval of the City of Reno’s current plan, above (click here to view a full-size PDF). In its March 28 meeting, the Board also approved a phasing approach to building the park, which will allow construction to begin before all the money is in place.
The city plans to put the park out for bid in June, with construction to begin in late summer or fall. It is important to remember that these dates are tentative and that the timeline could be delayed for any number of reasons.
Nevertheless, the Parks committee is thrilled with the Board’s vote, and with the plan presented by Reno City Parks Manager Jeff Mann. “Jeff has been amazing to work with. He has been extremely responsive to our requests and feedback,” says Nancy Chontos, committee chair. “The committee has worked so hard over the past three years getting input from the community, working with the city on all of the details and we are so excited to see everything come together so nicely! This will truly be a park with something for everyone!”
The City of Reno and the SOA partnered to design and build the multi-use, multi-generational neighborhood park on land set aside for use as a park. The site is located at the northeast corner of Somersett Parkway and Hawk Meadow Trail, across Hawk Meadow Trail from the City of Reno Fire Station #19 (see map below).
West Park will join East Park as the second city park located totally within the Somersett community. West Park will be larger and will have more features, including:
- A dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs
- Raised community garden beds
- A family play area
- A pavilion
- A large, flat grassy area
- Exercise paths
- A parking lot with access to a trailhead
- Stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Money for building the park comes from a combination of city funds and donations. The gap between the city’s construction budget of $800,000 and the estimated full project budget of approximately $1,244,080 will be filled by donations.
In the meantime, the SOA has partnered with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation to accept donations to fill the funding gap. For those who feel strongly about one park feature over another, contributions may be earmarked for specific areas, such as the dog park, the pavilion, park equipment or the garden. A general park fund donation option is also available. Other options include the purchase of commemorative pavers and plaques with inscriptions to be displayed in the park.