Parks Projects & Improvements
Upcoming Park Improvement Projects
Rancho Vista Park - Coming Late 2021
City of Palmdale, county, and state officials gathered on March 24, 2021 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Rancho Vista Park. Located next to Los Angeles County Fire Station #136 and Esperanza Elementary School, the new park will feature an inclusive playground with slides embedded into the hillside, kinetic wind sculpture and a meandering walking path with lighting. When completed, it will provide plenty of seating, such as group picnic areas, seat walls, and small group tables adjacent to the playground. Also, quiet and reflective spaces with hillside tiered seating for story time, a wellness and meditation garden, and a restroom will be included.
In 2019, a series of community park design meetings and surveying were conducted to hear the voices of the community. Thanks to feedback from 105 park design surveys and 168 community meeting attendees, the final concept map was designed based off of the community's hard work and vision for this park. The Rancho Vista Park project agreement was approved by the City Council at the November 2020 council meeting, with RSB Group Inc. selected for construction of the park in the amount of $2,923,043.
Completed Park Improvement Projects
Marie Kerr Park Playground and Adult Outdoor Fitness Station Project
The City of Palmdale has completed a $231,000 all-inclusive improvement project to upgrade and replace the children’s playground and adult fitness stations at Marie Kerr Park. The City was awarded grant funding from the 2019 California Park & Recreation Society’s Statewide Healthy Play Initiative for the Marie Kerr Park Playground and Adult Fitness Station Project. The City submitted an application in August 2019 for funding to assist with the development of the Marie Kerr playground space that will help encourage best practice designs for active behavior.
The Marie Kerr Park playground is the first all-inclusive playground in the City of Palmdale. The playground project included removing and replacing the existing 25-year-old equipment with all-inclusive pieces, which includes ramps for accessibility, and provides opportunities for children and adults of all abilities to interact together through play. Some of the playground amenities include shadow play, harnessed swings, swinging, climbing, and sliding activities, play structures to promote core strength, and other sensory rich features. The new fitness stations meet today’s accessibility standards and will entice park users of all ages to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A major goal of this improvement project was to turn this site into one that is worthy of the title “Everyone’s Park!” and to vastly improve the park’s inclusivity, as well as make play possible for the whole community.
Each playground funded by the initiative will be designated as a National Demonstration Site by PlayCore. National Demonstration Sites are part of a nationwide research project to collect anonymous usage data about the park and its long-term impact in a local community. To learn more about PlayCore, visit www.playcore.com/cprs. For more information, please call 661/267-5611.
Domenic Massari Park Court Refurbishment and Installation Project
The City is proud to announce the Domenic Massari Park Court Refurbishment and Installation Project is now complete! The project includes additional basketball courts throughout the park and improvements to the existing courts. The new courts include a full court, half court and youth court. The refurbished courts were designed and painted by Los Angeles artist Art Mobb (Michael Farhat), with stylized motifs representing the Antelope Valley. With community feedback, we have been successful in accomplishing a variety of park improvements since 2015. Thanks to the generation donations from the Los Angeles Clippers and the Paul George Foundation, we have tackled one additional item on the list — placing basketball courts in visible locations for youth.
Marie Kerr Park Court Refurbishment Project
2K Foundations, Paul George, and Los Angeles artist ArtMobb collaborated on a unique court design that pays homage to Paul George and his hometown, Palmdale.
The court design features desert scenery reflecting that of Palmdale, and the water and fish at the bottom of the design is representative of Paul George’s love of the water and fishing. This blends into the desert landscape featuring Joshua trees native to Palmdale, and a gorgeous summer sunset. The court design also features a flock of birds soaring into the sunset, paying homage to Paul George’s mother.
The court is adorned with the logos of the organizations that helped bring this refurbishment to life include the Paul George logo and signature, 2K Foundations, and the City of Palmdale. The project was completed in September 2019.