Former duck pond on Calder Creek in Ives Park, Sebastopol

Former duck pond on Calder Creek in Ives Park, Sebastopol

After a disappointing and sudden end to the discussions on the Ives Park renewal due to redevelopment funds being yanked away, the Sebastopol City Council delivered great news at their Sept. 4th meeting: the City would allocate $25,000 to continue the planning work. In addition, the Council voted to allocate $75,000 to reactivate the Village Park Project. The vote, which came late in the meeting and was taken only after extensive discussion, was 4-1 for both projects, with Vice Mayor Kyes casting the lone No vote. The Village Park project in particular sparked much discussion around the management and fate of the mobile home park and residents, as well as the fact that the project is located outside the current City boundaries. Although the Ives Park project may have a bigger public impact, the vote on the Village Park project was in some ways more important — because funding from the SC Ag & Open Space District will expire next year without matching funds from the City.

Although not on the agenda, the discussion included the possibility of the City and Ag & Open Space purchasing the defunct cement plant on Morris Street to expand the Laguna Wetlands Preserve. Since the plant is currently below the 100-year flood line, building anything on the site would take significant engineering and/or fill — much better to open up another piece of the Laguna!

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