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Sebastopol seeks facelift for Ives Park


Sebastopol is reviving the master plan for Ives Park, the city’s jewel of a recreation area for Little League, swimming and picnicking.

Ives Park in Sebastopol (PD File).

The park is badly in need of renovation, said planning director Kenyon Webster.

“The pathways have tree roots and other deficiencies, the bathrooms need work and the landscaping is tired and random,” Webster said.

The City Council allocated $25,000 on Tuesday to complete the master plan for park renovations, which had been suspended last year when the city lost its redevelopment funds as part of California’s budget cutbacks.

“We need to create the overall plan for the improvements,” Webster said. “Once we have that, we can start looking for funding. We were halfway through the process, which was being funded by the redevelopment agency, when we had to pull the plug.”

The improvements are expected to cost $3 million to $4 million and take 10 to 20 years to complete, Webster said.

The land for Ives Park was given to the city in 1941 and most of the park’s amenities are 50 years old.

Calder Creek runs through it, but is in a concrete channel and blocked off with a chain link fence.

The Little League maintains Polley Field’s concession stand and restrooms, the city-owned swimming pool is operated and maintained by the West Sonoma County Swimmers and two stages are used by community groups and the Sonoma County Repertory.

The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is taking over management of the county-owned Veterans Memorial Building, which is adjacent to the park.

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