|Community Services Manager
The City of Huntington Beach operates 3.5 miles of beach (150 acres) and one of the longest municipal piers in the state. There are 75 parks and public facilites, totaling 753.89 acres, 190 playground apparatus, and irrigation systems.
|PARK AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN|
Murdy Park - 7000 Norma Drive
The 2016 Park and Recreation Master Plan identifies youth sports practice fields as one of the top sports facility needs in the City. Development of a concept plan to create a multi-use youth sports field at the front portion of Murdy Park was approved as part of the FY 2016/17 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget.
The park is a 16.04 acre community park and was constructed in 1971. As the first Community Center in Huntington Beach, Murdy Park’s current amenities include open turf areas in the front and back of the park, a tot lot, picnic shelter, tennis courts, softball fields, basketball courts, as well as a skate park.
The turf area at the back of the park consists of two softball fields serving adult and youth softball, youth baseball, pee wee baseball, flag football, soccer and golf. The front open turf area is located between the Community Center building and Goldenwest Street. Although the front field has no defined field boundary, it currently serves youth sports programming, including a preschool multi-sports program, youth soccer, youth football, and day camps during the summer.
The proposed improvements to the front field will better serve the public in overall youth sports programming. The project calls for the creation of a new, 120’ x 240’ multi-use youth sports field, including moveable goals, enhanced pedestrian lighting, new ball containment fencing, new benches near the field, and sports field lighting. Four light poles are being proposed to light the field. The field is not intended to be a home base to a particular group or be a competition level field; rather, it is intended to serve as a practice field area.
The lighting on this field will differ from stadium/arena lighting systems in that it will be designed to provide safe levels for practice and low level activity only. Light shields and pole heights will direct illumination onto the field and reduce glare on surrounding areas. The sports field lighting will be able to serve programming on the front field that goes on until early evening hours, especially when the sun sets earlier during the fall and winter months.
It should be noted that the existing skate park to the south of the field and the existing basketball courts to the east will be preserved. New volleyball poles will be installed and relocated to the west of the existing basketball courts. A new shade trellis, tables, and benches will be installed in the picnic shelter area. All existing trees will be preserved and protected during the process. These aforementioned modifications are needed to maintain a safe, secure and programmable park and appropriate uses will be considered when developing all detailed project plans.
The project would then go through the entitlement process, including any required environmental approvals. Staff has requested funding for construction in the FY 2017/18 Capital Improvement Project Budget. The current cost estimate for construction is approximately $1.5 million.