San Carlos, CA

Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Projects

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North Crestview Park Master Plan Project
City Council is exploring recreation amenities for North Crestview Park through a Master Plan process. Join the community in providing your input!

Residents are invited to fill out an online survey to provide input on what recreation amenities should be included in the North Crestview Park Master Plan! The survey will be available through February 5, 2024. Survey Link:
Residents are also invited to join us for a Pop Up Event at the Farmers’ Market on Sunday, February 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to provide input on what recreation amenities should be included in the North Crestview Park Master Plan.

Crestview Pickleball Courts at Crestview Park 
The Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission was hearing from the community about the need for pickleball opportunities in San Carlos and asked for staff to present options to consider. At the December 2022 Commission meeting, staff presented options to integrate pickleball into existing facilities. One idea was converting the sport court area at Crestview to pickleball courts and the other was the dual lining of the Highlands tennis courts to include pickleball lines. The Commission unanimously recommended both of these improvements.

Work at Crestview Park began the week of October 9, 2023. The project is anticipated to take about 3 weeks to complete. The operations of the sport court area will not change, and kids will continue to be able to bike and scooter around the area.

flanagan fieldInstallation of New Sports Field Lighting at Flanagan Field & Stadium Field
Design Contract Awarded: August 23, 2021
Design estimated to be completed in Spring 2022

On August 23, City Council approved a contract for design services for the new field lighting at Flanagan Field and Stadium Field. Following the Council action, staff met with the design team from Salas O’Brien to begin planning the design and timeline of the project. It is anticipated that design of the new field lights will take 6-8 months. There will be opportunity for community input at a public meeting during the design process.
On Monday, September 20th, Geotech engineers were onsite at both fields to perform soils investigations. Information gathered from these investigations will provide engineers with information to determine what foundations for the light poles to use during construction. Addendum to EIR for Burton and Highlands Park Lighting Project

For questions regarding the project, contact Amy Newby,

 Chilton Park 9Chilton Park Improvement Projects
Construction began April 2021. 
Construction anticipated to be complete by end of 2021.

The Chilton Park Improvements Project is currently on hold as of July 23rd due to delays in shipping and will resume once the benches, trash receptacle, park sign and drinking fountain arrive on-site in mid-August.  In addition, there has been a delay in receiving the play area equipment due to the shipping backlog created by COVID-19 and is expected to arrive by mid-September.

Prior to pausing construction, fence repairs throughout the park and construction of the wooden steps by the Bayview Drive entrance have been completed. The play area concrete curb, jute netting, fiber mulch, trees, rocks and plantings, along with the irrigation system, has been installed.  The decomposed granite pathway and grading of the park is near completion and will be finished once the project resumes.

Please note that for the safety of the residents, Chilton Park will be closed and fenced off during the pause in construction. Residents will not be able to access Chilton Park at this time.

Chilton Park Master Plan Concept
Chilton Park Master Plan Park Elements

open space vegetationOpen Space Vegetation Management Project - (FEMA-4305-DR-CA, Project #PJ0077, FIPS #081-65070)

Request for Proposals for Professional Service for Vegetation Management Project: Posted 2/25/20

The City has been working to improve trail access and reduce vegetation in the open space parks within the routine park and trail maintenance program.  With the additional funding approved by FEMA, the City will be able to complete a more robust scope of work in order to reduce the threat of wildfire, beyond the routine park and trail maintenance program.  

The project consists of four (4) distinct parks in the City of San Carlos. Fuel reduction treatments will be used to create a mosaic of retained vegetation on up to 65.3 acres in Eaton Park, 55.3 acres in Big Canyon Park, 3.4 acres in Crestview Park, and 7.4 acres in Highlands Park.  Some areas will not be treated due to the presence of cut banks, light fuel loads, steep slopes, riparian set-backs and/or access or equipment limitations. It is anticipated that this project will be conducted in no more than a 2-year duration, beginning in Summer 2020. 

Q&A Document as of 3/5/20 @ 5:00 p.m.

CEQA Documents:
Vegetation Management Project - Notice of Exemption
Vegetation Management Project - Project Description
Vegetation Management Project - Bio Report
Vegetation Management Project - Cultural Report

sports field lightingLED Sports Field Lighting Design - Burton & Highlands Parks

Design Phase: January through April, 2019
Construction: August through late fall, 2019

On November 13, 2018, City Council authorized a professional services agreement with Salas O'Brien to design the replacement of existing sports field lighting at Madsen Field (Burton Park) and Highlands Rotary and Kiwanis Fields (Highlands Park) with LED lighting in an amount not to exceed $150,000 including design contingencies.

On July 8, 2019, City Council awarded a construction contract to Capitol Valley Electric, Inc. of Sacramento in the amount of $1,796,004.  Construction is expected to begin in August and be completed in late fall, 2019.

highlands lighting - CopyEIR for Improved and Additional Field Lighting and Operations of Highlands Field
Final EIR Certified by City Council on November 13, 2018
Notice of Public Hearing
Burton-Highlands Parks EIR
Burton-Highlands Parks Final Response to Comments
Burton-Highlands Parks Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
Burton-Highlands Project Finding
Notice of Public Comment Period Extension 
Draft EIR
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F

Parks Master Plan

Field Use and Agronomic Specifications Report (Mahady Report)

Parks Master Plan 
Completed in 2008
The purpose of the master plan is to provide the City with a long-term vision for its park system, by identifying needs and creating a plan of action to implement priority improvements, changes and additions to the existing parks system. The plan also provides a strategy for funding the capital improvements, and for ongoing operation and maintenance. The master plan defines a balanced system of city-wide facilities to serve the City’s entire population. It is intended to be a "living document" that is regularly used by City Staff, Commissions, and Council as a tool for planning and decision making.

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