The 1.1 acre weed-patch known as Windsor Point Park will become the green spot that Windsor, Marina and Marina Woods residents were promised when they moved in.
Voters approved a $48.50 maximum annual assessment for park upkeep, which means that construction can now go out to bid. The park is located on Francisco Drive at Schooner Drive, across from Marina Village Middle School, and has been a neighborhood eyesore for years.
Windsor Point Park will feature a large, multi-purpose turf area with a low fence along Schooner Drive and an assortment of inexpensive paths, picnic tables, benches and modest landscaping.
Past proposals to landscape the park were more expansive, but failed when residents refused to approve the maintenance assessment.
In May 2008 voters narrowly defeated a packaged assessment for both Windsor Point and Lake Forest Parks that ranged from $59 per year for residents near Lake Forest to $229 for those near Windsor Point.
A “Lake Forest only” assessment was approved in 2009 with promises from El Dorado Hills Community Services District officials to get back to Windsor Point … some day.
Local residents Sue Parker and Kim White decided that day should be in 2012. They collected signatures, sent e-mails and enlisted the support of both CSD Director Bill Vandegrift and Lake Forest Master Association Director Ray Myers.
With a 10 percent CSD contribution, a projected annual assessment of $48.50 was mailed to Windsor, Marina and Marina Woods residents this spring. The results were tallied in the June 14 board meeting.
The final assessment came to just $48.80 per year, but nonetheless passed by only 14 votes, 147 to 133. The board accepted the vote, prompting a cheer from Parker and White.
Nicholas Segina lives near the park and voted against it, calling the process “totally unfair” because neighborhoods across Francisco Boulevard were not included in the assessment, and because portions of his neighborhood were ignored, he said.
The CSD defines Windsor Point as a “neighborhood” park, designed to be walking-distance from homes within a half mile, without crossing a major thoroughfare.
“This little sliver of a park costs us $48.80, when we have a big park five minutes away that we already pay $50 per year for,” said Segina.
Dawson White, 10, said he was looking forward to having a place in his neighborhood to kick a ball around with his friends.