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Dunphy Park Construction Update

Post Date:05/03/2019 3:50 PM

Construction of the base project at Dunphy Park will be "substantially complete" by July 4, 2019, according to a report presented to the City Council on April 30 by Loren Umbertis of the Public Works Department. Because the lawn will not be ready for use on the 4th of July, this year's community picnic will be held at Robin Sweeny Park and a blocked-off section of Caledonia Street.

Grass hydroseeding is one of the last steps in the current phase of construction at Dunphy Park. The lawn areas will then require a period of approximately 2-3 months of minimal impact until the turf is fully established. At the time that construction of the base project is complete, visitors will be able to see what the park will look like but will have limited access. The parking lot, bocce courts, and shoreline paths are among the facilities that will be available for public use.

The base project began in December 2018 and includes the following elements:
  • Grading of the site
  • Installation of parking lot lighting and underground utilities, including sanitary sewer and storm drain improvements
  • Three new bocce courts
  • A new asphalt parking lot
  • New ADA-accessible shoreline walkways
  • An improved and accessible shoreline access area
  • Foundations for the restroom and trash enclosure structures
  • Furniture and fixtures, including benches, tables, and other amenities
  • Creation of a "horseshoe" area in the middle of the park, with earth mounds for seating on the perimeter
  • Placement of planting soil
  • Installation of an irrigation system
  • Hydroseeding
Funding for the base project came from a variety of sources, including funds from the Certificates of Participation issued in 2016, the City's Tidelands Fund, Galilee Harbor, and a $750,000 grant from the California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle). The grant from CalRecycle was a late addition and not part of the original funding plan approved for the project.

At its April 30 meeting, the City Council approved an additional $161,000 to cover the cost of design services and change orders related to unforeseen conditions at the park, such as the discovery of a second set of railroad tracks running parallel to Bridgeway and poor subsurface conditions related to the site's historical use as a burn dump.

The additional costs will be paid for with funds from Measure O, the ½-cent sales tax measure that was passed by Sausalito voters in 2014. The Council also gave direction to the City Manager to execute a contract with Romtec, Inc. to construct the restroom and trash enclosure structures that were approved by the Council at the time the base project was approved.

When work at Dunphy Park is completed, City contractor Integra Construction Services will begin work on improvements to Southview Park.

Any questions about construction at Dunphy Park may be directed to Public Works Maintenance Division Manager Loren Umbertis at (415) 289-4113 or Those interested in supporting additional improvements at Dunphy Park, such as the purchase of memorial benches, tables, or trees, should contact Parks and Recreation Director Mike Langford at (415) 289-4126 or

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