Riverview Regional Park is on track for construction in June

Plans for the first phase will be presented to San Benito County supervisors in February.

The first part of Riverview Regional Park Project reached the final planning stages and will be presented to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors at its February 8 meeting. The $750,000 budget for the project is part of $15.85 million in state funding distributed by Assemblyman Robert Rivas for community improvement projects in the 30th Assembly District.

The park is located on over 45 acres off the River Parkway behind San Benito High School and is envisioned as part of a 20-mile walkway along the San Benito River.

San Benito County Resource Management Agency Director Mike Chambless said the work will include constructing a parking lot, creating a universally accessible path to the trails and installing facilities garbage collection and recycling along the trails.

“We really appreciate the help of former supervisor Rivas to help us pay for our park,” Chambless said. “Universal access is a huge thing that will allow everyone to use the park, and that’s important to me and everyone in my department.”

Valérie Egland, president of the REACH San Benito Parks Foundation, agrees.

“I think this project is really important,” Egland said. “The county has moved forward and funds are available for the project, so it’s just a matter of engineering, moving plans forward and getting public input.”

Chambless said it should be a quick project to complete.

“If we get board approval, we’ll go to tenders,” Chambless said. “Then it will come back to the board in April for final approval. The pre-construction meeting would take place in May, followed by construction in June and July.

Phase two of the project is budgeted at $4.25 million and is still in the planning stage. Chambless said he should be ready to submit to supervisors in March, with construction starting this summer.

The project will include universal access trails, exercise stations, picnic areas, disc golf, restrooms, playgrounds and a grassed area (see attached PDF). Possible additions to the project include a pump track for wheeled sports equipment, a track for radio-controlled cars, sports facilities, a garden and an amphitheater.

“I think what Mike came up with as reasonable and doable is fair,” Egland said. “It seeks to accommodate children and families, which regional parks should do. It’s not a tourist attraction, it’s not Disneyland. It is fundamental and it is necessary.

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