Parks and Open Space

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Where parks are concerned, Harvey believes that Half Moon Bay can do better.

On the one hand, we have a number of designated parks. On the other hand, we have vacant lots that have been designated for park use, but which the City has not yet utilized. We also have vast amounts of open space that have been set aside and offered to the City, but which it has not yet accepted.

We have one centrally-located park space (Mac Dutra) which was redeveloped into a somewhat foreboding, concrete-clad area, and which is used primarily for occasional performances.

But in a City renowned for the beauty of its natural resources, we do not yet have a large-scale, community-friendly park--one that can welcome people of all ages, for "low-impact" activities, like relaxation, cookouts, trail-walking, bicycling, and a community garden.

Harvey believes that a low-impact park which can be enjoyed by the entire community can be developed, at a reasonable cost, and with maintenance requirements that will not cost the taxpayers an arm and a leg.

Harvey also believes that the addition of a community park would go a long way toward knitting together the diverse population groups that make up Half Moon Bay.

Regarding open space, Harvey is concerned that our draft General Plan currently designates large areas of open space as subject to development, as long as they are deemed development areas of "last resort." He believes that more emphatic protection of this crucial resource is called for, and will support efforts to see that our open space reserves are not reduced.

Open space is a key part of the unique Coastside environment that Half Moon Bay residents value so highly. Often a victim of development disputes, its protection requires Council members like Harvey, who have knowledge of and experience with the California Coastal Act and the Coastal Commission, in addition to our Local Coastal Program.