Eastern Oak Park’s Expansion has Broken Ground
County Supervisor Susan Peters (center), who once lived adjacent to Eastern Oak Park, helped break ground on May 6. With her are MORPD Advisory Board members Barney Donnelly, Jerry Ontiveros, Nghia Nguyen, Rick Morin and Jana Saastad along with District Administrator Daniel Barton. -- Photo courtesy of MORPD.
The Mission Oaks Recreation & Park District is excited to expand and renovate its oldest park. Eastern Oak Park, located at 3127 Eastern Ave. (just north of Robertson Ave.), was the first developed park when Mission Oaks became a special district in 1975. The park itself was not easily seen by passers-by along Eastern Ave. because it was set back behind the Eastern YMCA.
When the YMCA property was listed for sale in 2014, the MORPD became very interested in the possibilities of expanding Eastern Oak Park. After seeking feedback from those living in close proximity to the park, MORPD received overwhelming support of the plan to expand the park. The purchase was successful and that was followed by community planning meetings with valuable public participation.
The old and outdated YMCA buildings and swimming pool were determined to be too costly to save and refurbish, so those were removed in 2015. The grounds were excavated and left in safe condition while the architectural work was being done, and the scope of work was being finalized. Fast forward to Saturday, May 6 and we have shovels in the soil to signify the official ground breaking of this long anticipated project.
The entire park will be closed until the project is complete. There are many variables that can change the completion date, but we are targeting October 21 for the official Grand Opening of the park. Once confirmed, MORPD will make an announcement. The park will have several new features including: A plaza to be named after fallen officer Danny Oliver; an off-leash dog area; a 6-court pickleball facility; a futsol court; a basketball half-court; a walking trail that loops around the perimeter of the park; a new playground; picnic shelters; improved irrigation; a restroom building; improved parking.