City seeks more community input on Memorial Park revitalization
Cupertino residents asked to rate three concepts in survey
As the revitalization of Memorial Park continues, Cupertino residents are being asked whether they want the space to focus on civic events or community gatherings, or whether they want the park to be, well, a park with a focus on nature.
The city is presenting these three concepts in an online survey, available through Feb. 22. The survey is part of phase 4 of a six-phase project to develop the Memorial Park Specific Plan. The concepts were developed after initial community outreach efforts last fall. Survey participants will be asked about their likes and dislikes of each concept.
Residents can learn more about the three concepts on the table at an open house at the Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd., on Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., and a community webinar on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The revitalization of the 22acre park, located at 21121 Stevens Creek Blvd., is part of the city's Parks and Recreation System Master Plan, adopted in 2020. The stated goal of the project is “to achieve a balance between the built and natural environments” in the park.
To achieve this balance, the master plan's priorities include restoring and preserving natural habitat, maximizing shade and creating walkways and bikeways that further connectivity. The plan also aims to “provide environments that foster social cohesiveness and diverse activities for all ages and abilities.”
Memorial Park includes a lawn area, a gazebo, an amphitheater, a lighted softball field and six
lighted tennis courts. The park houses the Cupertino Veterans Memorial honoring local veterans. The city is already working on two renovation projects at the park: removal of the ponds and technical improvements at the amphitheater. The ponds at the site have been drained since 2015 and are in the process of being
removed. The scope of work at the amphitheater is still being defined.
Several elements of Memorial Park are outside the scope of the revitalization plans, including the gazebo, the veterans memorial, parking lots and trees.
The nearby senior center and Quinlan Community Center are
also not part of the Memorial Park Specific Plan.
To take the survey, visit https://engagecupertino.org/memorial-park-specific-plan.
Register for the webinar at https://cityofcupertino. zoom.us/webinar/register/ WN_OEOIYXT7T3MACHXGSGBPYA.