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NWGNA Meeting, 1/02
Bird/Fisk Park Master Plan
by the Secretary
January 2002

North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association
Word of Faith Church
January 29, 2002
7 – 9 pm

Alison England thanked the neighborhood residents who attended the Greater Gardner SNI presentation and supported it at the City Council. The SNI proposal was approved by the City Council. The Top 10 SNI requests were presented.

Alison announced that Dianne Buchanan 277-8430 is the SJ code enforcement and vehicle abatement officer for this neighborhood. Alison announced there has been no response to the CAP grant proposal from the NWGNA. Alison announced that Redevelopment of theYellow Cab site is stalled due to a problem with an engineering report.

Dan Erceg reported that through the joint efforts of City Councilman Ken Yeager, SJ Planning Department and the Greater Gardner SNI, the City Environmental Services Department will provide 10 aggregate litter cans with regular pickup to be located throughout the neighborhood.

SJ Park and Recreation Department presented the tentative Master Plan of Bird and Fisk Park. The presentation was by Steve Roemer and Landscape Architects, Doug Critchfield and Chris Mastrodicasa.

3 or 4 of the present trees will be removed due to poor condition, 11 trees will be added to the site and the remaining trees, including the Fig tree will stay. The Bird and Fisk corner will have a color spot garden. We will keep the current hedging with fill in, as needed, for consistency and child safety. Turf areas are to be on the street side due to shading issues. Current large rocks will remain. The current mounding will be shaved somewhat to improve visibility and drainage.

A request was made for antique looking iron fencing around the perimeter, possibly in Forest Green with the NWGNA wood rail fence incorporated as a theme. The perimeter iron fence should have self-closing gates to prevent children running into Bird Av. and to slow bicycle traffic through the park.
The site will include 3 trash receptacles and 2 mutt mitt stations and 3 Heritage Lights. The adjacent neighbors should be shielded from excess light as much as possible.

Pavement walks in the site will be in a round pattern around a central tot lot with three walk spokes in from the streets. A request was made for antique looking pavement, e.g. small squares and Portland top.

The tot lot will have a forest green play structure. There will be a nearby Game table area with distinctive pavement.

Benches with backs should be possibly vintage design with center arms. Wood vs. concrete was discussed.

Dan Erceg moved to adopt the general plan as presented and modified as long as it fit into the budgeted allotment by the council. Barbara Norman seconded. Passed by unanimous consent. The planners will present details about some of the requested changes at future NWGNA meetings.

Barbara Norman moved that the NWGNA request that the City of San Jose Department of Traffic implement photo radar utilization on Hull Av. between Delmas and Bird. Seconded by Ken Eklund. Passed by unanimous consent.

Alison announced that Harvey Darnell was interested in exploring the issue of Group Homes in the Neighborhood. Gary Jansen and Barbara Norman agreed to assist him in that effort.

The meeting adjourned around 8:45.

That's all, folks!

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