July Old Town Goleta Update

Source: City of Goleta

Concerts at the Gazebo this Summer!

The Goleta Old Town Community Association’s Concert at the Gazebo returns this summer with musical performances every other Wednesday through August 23. The concert series takes place at the gazebo on the lawn in front of the Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue). This free community event is fun for the whole family. Make a night of it by bringing a blanket, chairs and a picnic dinner. Some restaurants in Old Town will also be serving concert dinner specials. Join your fellow neighbors on the lawn around the gazebo and wear your dancing shoes! Dogs are welcome if on a leash. For more information please call 805-694-8275.

Upcoming line-up:

  • July 26 – Mezcal Martini 

  • August 9 – Superstoked

  • August 23 – The Grooveline

Final Hollister / Kellogg Park Design

On Tuesday, July 18th, the Goleta City Council unanimously approved the final design for Hollister/Kellogg Park at Hollister and South Kellogg Avenues in Old Town.

The revised final design of the four-acre park includes a larger play area, four unisex restrooms, larger storage for playground equipment, a reconfigured bike path and splash pad. Design plans have evolved since the city first purchased the lot at 170 South Kellogg Avenue for a new Old Town park. Among the planned features are picnic areas; a multipurpose field; two multiuse courts for basketball, tennis and pickleball; a handball court; concrete ping-pong tables; a bocce ball court; a perimeter walking path; and fitness nodes with exercise equipment.

Although the Goleta Water District (GWD) currently imposes a State III Water restriction that would prohibit the use of outdoor water features, such as fountains, splash pad, etc., City Council voted to retain the feature in the proposed design. The planned splash pad would use well below the yearly amount of water the GWD allocates for the park property, but the structure itself is off limits for use at this time.

The next step in this process would be to submit the final proposed design to the California Department of Park and Recreation for approval as part of the grant requirements for the $910,000 that was awarded to the City of Goleta for construction of this park.  Upon approval from the State, the landscape architect will complete the construction documents required for this park. The project will go out for bid as soon as the City has acquired title to the property. The site was formerly owned by the City’s Redevelopment Agency so the City needs approval from the State Department of Finance before it can acquire title to the park property. 

Read the full Staff Report and view the presentation here.  Learn more about this project at http://cityofgoleta.org/projects-programs/parks-open-space/old-town-park and sign up to receive recreation updates from the City at  http://tinyurl.com/goletasubscriptions.

Learn the Latest on the Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan

There will be a Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting on Thursday, July 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at City of Goleta Council Chambers (130 Cremona Drive, Suite B) that the public is welcome to join and observe. The agenda includes discussing the project status, reviewing the public input received at the June 21 community workshop, a review of the draft document outline and an overview of the next steps. 

At the above mentioned June 21 workshop, attendees heard results from feedback that was collected through the initial survey, previous workshops and analysis of the data. There was also opportunity for attendees to provide feedback on design alternatives and treatments for potential list of projects. If you missed the workshop, you can still view the presentation and potential improvements shown. To learn more about the project please visit http://tinyurl.com/GoletaBPMP

Magnolia Avenue Sidewalk Improvements

There are areas of sidewalk in Old Town that need to be improved. The Magnolia Sidewalk Infill Project covers the east and west sides of Magnolia Avenue from Hollister Avenue south to Gaviota Street and will fix and replace deteriorated or missing sidewalk in this area. The project will improve walking paths, sight distance at the intersections for drivers, drainage along Magnolia Avenue, and driveway access. The project is going to Council on August 15 for award of the construction contract. It is expected that construction will begin in early September and last approximately six weeks. 

Edhat Staff

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