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$206,000 in funding looks promising for local park

CSA No. 81 advisory board recommends funding for improvements to Jackie Heyneman Park

The County Service Area No. 81 advisory board has recommended the use of $206,000 of Park Land Dedication Ordinance funding for upgrades to Jackie Heyneman Park. The park is located at South Mission Road and Beech St.

The actual governing body of CSA No. 81, which covers parks in Fallbrook, DeLuz, and Rainbow, is the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The county's Department of Parks and Recreation will process the March 17 recommendation of the advisory board before it is docketed for a Board of Supervisors meeting at a date to be determined.

"We're appreciative that they're backing us and we're hoping that when all of this is done that the park will be much more inviting and get more use than it has in the past," said Fallbrook Village Association president Roy Moosa.

The Fallbrook Village Association was responsible for the 1994 construction of what was originally called Beech Street Park. The park's name was changed to Jackie Heyneman Park in 2012 to honor the long-time community volunteer.

"There hasn't been much funds spent on the park in a long time, so it's way overdue," Moosa said.

Park Land Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) fees are collected from developers to fund park improvements in the area of the development. PLDO fees can be used for active or passive recreation parks, but not for open space or trails. PLDO revenue may be spent on a park not operated by the Department of Parks

and Recreation if that park is open to the public.

The fees can be used to acquire land but not for maintenance and operation, and they can be used for the replacement of playground equipment or other renovations but not for the restoration of historic structures.

The Fallbrook Village Association funds maintenance of Jackie Heyneman Park, and some of the maintenance activity is performed by the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance.

Most CSA No. 81 recommendations are subsequently ratified by the Board of Supervisors. "We feel like it's pretty sure," Heyneman said.

"It's going to continue to be what it has been. It's a passive park in the center of town," said Fallbrook Village Association founder Vince Ross. "The improvements are things that involve safety."

That includes safety for those with mobility impairments by bringing the park to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

"The majority of the funds are basically to make it ADA accessible," Moosa said. "We're upgrading the park, but in doing so we're making it ADA compliant."

That includes railings, accessible picnic benches, pathways, and a parking stall which can accommodate a van.

The upgrades will also benefit those without mobility impairments.

"It's going to be used to replace all of the older furniture in the park. It's going to build a beautiful shade structure," Heyneman said.

"The walkways are going to be improved," Ross said.

Sidewalks which have been deformed by tree roots will be replaced, and the funding will also allow for the removal of the pepper trees which are causing the unsafe sidewalks.

"They're just pulling up the sidewalk. They were in the wrong spot," Moosa said.

The funding will also rectify a hole in the ground which was left when playground equipment at the park burned in a fire suspected to be arson. "That actually will start to become a usable space again," Moosa said.

The funding will also cover sanitary improvements. "The waste facilities need to be changed," Ross said.

"It's a rehabilitation," Heyneman said. "It's going to be very nice."


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