The city identified a project with several amenities in the master plan update for this park, following community input and a comprehensive needs assessment. The plans/specifications for Poinsettia Community Park improvements were recommended for approval by the Parks & Recreation Commission on Sept. 19, 2016, and approved by the City Council on Sept. 27, 2016. The project was re-advertised for bids on Feb. 2, 2017. Bids were received on March 21, 2017. On September 12, 2017 the City Council rejected all bids received for the project and directed staff to revise the plans and specifications to remove the dog park from the previously planned location and project scope. At that time, the City Council directed staff to explore relocating the dog park to the area in Poinsettia Community Park previously envisioned for a multigenerational community center.
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In November 2017, city staff requested community input on a possible location of a dog park at Poinsettia Community Park. An alternate location became available just to the south of the main entrance from Hidden Valley Road, where a multigenerational community center was previously proposed. Park users and neighbors provided input through an online survey, emails, social media and temporary on-site information centers. City staff completed review of the community's input on this topic, and found it to be overwhelmingly supportive of a dog park at the alternate location. On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the City Council approved staff’s recommendation to pursue plans to place the dog park at the alternate location.
At the same meeting, the City Council approved the revised plans/specifications (aside from the dog park), and authorized staff to advertise for bids on the remaining planned improvements to both Aviara and Poinsettia Community Parks. Staff anticipates advertising the projects for bidding in early March 2018.