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La Quinta considers creating new park

Mariecar Mendoza • La Quinta Sun • June 11, 2009

In an effort to accommodate La Quinta's growing youth sports associations, the city may add a new park.

City officials have scouted several sites within the city and its sphere of influence in hopes of a future 40-acre active use park that could be used for youth soccer, baseball and softball — La Quinta's most active youth sports leagues.

For La Quinta AYSO alone, more than 1,000 children use 17-acre La Quinta Park each season, said Community Services Director Edie Hylton.

“We have tremendous use of La Quinta Park so we're looking at a number of strategies both short- and long-term,” she said.

Among the short-term strategies include renting fields at Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School on Saturdays during AYSO's season — but that remedy can only be used for so long.

That's where property negotiations with several entities come in.

The push for the 40-acre park is part of the Community Services Department's Master Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in May 2007.

The negotiations are being done in closed session and have forced city officials to stay tight-lipped about specific sites, though at one time they were considering at least six different locations.

They have confirmed, however, that sights have been set on Majestic Ranch.

The 100-acre site, which is with the city's sphere of influence, is located in the Vista Santa Rosa community.

City staff attended a Vista Santa Rosa Community Council meeting May 27 and confirmed their interest in the property, which is at the southeast corner of Avenue 53 and Monroe Street.

If the city moves forward with the purchase, it would have to annex the land, said Assistant City Manager Doug Evans.

However, any announcements regarding that site — or any others the city is considering — would be premature, city officials said.

“To find a parcel both affordable and large enough is the challenge,” Hylton said.

She said the larger park may not even be developed all at one time and may instead be completed over phases.

“We really just want to keep pace with the current level of service, and make sure that we have field space for kids that live in La Quinta,” she said.