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Update on Dunphy Park and Park Improvement Projects

Post Date:10/04/2019 4:30 PM

Improving Sausalito's parks is one of the City's highest priorities. Multiple projects are currently underway, each with its unique challenges. Below is an update on active projects as of October 4, 2019.

Dunphy Park
The latest schedule for Dunphy Park calls for the lawn area to reopen in winter or spring 2020, depending on how long it takes new grass to become established. The parking lot, bocce courts, restroom, and shoreline pathways are expected to be completed and open to the public by early November 2019.

When construction at Dunphy Park began in December 2018, it was hoped that the improvement project would be substantially complete by June 2019. That timeline became impossible due to two factors: the discovery of Native American cultural resources and the discovery of contaminated soil. Both discoveries required consultation with experts and regulatory bodies and careful handling of the affected areas.

The City's undeveloped land to the south of Dunphy Park, which is also part of the improvement project, will take longer to complete due to the discovery of cultural resources in that area. The installation of pathways and native plants is currently slated for summer 2020.

MLK Athletic Field
The new outdoor exercise equipment and perimeter pathways are currently open at the MLK Athletic Field. The field itself was seeded with grass in mid-September 2019 and should be ready for use by early 2020. Trees and shrubs will be planted by City staff and volunteers at a special planting day on October 12. The softball diamond is currently under construction and will be ready for use when the athletic field opens.

MLK Basketball and Pickleball Courts
The installation of new basketball hoops, pickleball nets and posts, and temporary pavement markings is expected to take place within the next two months, at which time the courts will be opened for public use. Final surface restoration and pavement marking will take place in the spring of 2020.

Southview Park
City staff is working with contractor Integra Construction Services to determine an optimal start date for work at Southview Park. Integra is also the contractor for the Dunphy Park project.

Any questions about the status of Dunphy Park or Southview Park may be directed to Public Works Division Manager Loren Umbertis at (415) 289-4113 or Questions about the facilities at MLK Park may be directed to Senior Civil Engineer Andrew Davidson at (415) 289-4180 or

An update on park improvement projects in Sausalito will appear as item 6C at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 8.

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