Adams Park Improvements
Crews have begun work on Adams Park improvements to make paths accessible to all. While crews create wider, ADA-accessible pathways, the park will be closed for approximately 8-10 weeks, reopening in late August. Temporary fencing is in place around the entire park to ensure the safety of pedestrians.
These improvements comprise phases 1 and 2 of the Adams Park master plan, which is a framework for improvements that make the park accessible to all and provide landscaping updates. Paths that currently consist of brick pavers will be replaced with stamped concrete, which will eliminate tripping hazards that can arise as bricks move with weather and settling. This phase will also make paths wider, add a ramp up to the fountain, address drainage issues in the southeast corner of the park, and refresh landscaping around the fountain.
This project is funded in part by a State grant from the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.
Public Comment Opportunities
To ensure the public had an opportunity to participate in this process and share their thoughts and opinions, three meetings were conducted, and two surveys initiated. The first two public meetings were held in the Council Chambers on May 24th. These meetings allowed residents the opportunity to comment on and discuss existing features, any improvements or changes, and different features to possibly add to the park.
An online survey was conducted in May and June resulting in more than 600 responses. The survey was designed to generate ideas as a jumping off point to guide the follow-up meeting. Some of the questions were directly related to design such as the size of groups using the parks to help determine the amount and spacing of seating.
From the feedback gathered from the survey and meetings, Upland prepared three conceptual designs.
These designs were displayed for another opportunity for public comment at the Concert in the Park on June 19th at the Library’s West Plaza. Upland and staff engaged with residents and about 50 comment cards were collected from participants.
A second survey and copies of the design plans were then made available on the City’s website for additional comments focusing on the three conceptual designs and prospective desired features. This survey resulted in 185 responses.