Citywide Parks Master Plan

Community Meeting:

A Community Meeting will be held November 9th at the Community Center at 6:00pm.

The subject of the meeting will be discussion of and input on the draft Master Plans for each individual park. The plans have been drafted taking past community input into account.

The draft Master Plans are attached here.  These plans represent a “wish list” for each of the parks they are not limited to currently available funding.  As a part of this master planning process, a priority list will be created that would be used by the City Council to guide future park improvement investments and to guide and support grant applications.
Based on community, staff, and consultant input, the preliminary high priority projects are:

• Skate/Bike Skills Park including a pump track at Sportsfield Park
• Dog Parks at Birch Grove, Newark Community, and the future Bayshores Park (TOD)
• All-weather turf fields at Sportsfield Park.
• Shirley Sisk Grove Amphitheater Enhancement

It should be noted that the Area 4 land that has been designated in the City’s General Plan for open space-recreation is not discussed here.  This land should be considered for “destination” recreation that would be financed with recreation user fee revenue and development fees .  These potential uses need further investigation and analysis for financial feasibility. 

Project Description:

The City of Newark is beginning the process to complete a Citywide Parks Master Plan. The Master Plan would form the framework for the future provision of parks in Newark.

The Master Plan will:

  • Identify the recreation needs of all segments of the Newark community;
  • Explore opportunities for creating destination recreation that would create revenue and community definition;
  • Assess the “gaps” not being presently met by existing park facilities;
  • Identify priority projects, in consultation with the community Planning Commission and City Council;
  • Include an Action Plan for funding and constructing the priority projects. 
  • Provide preliminary design of potential projects.

The City of Newark operates and maintains 131 acres of City parks and several recreational facilities. Of this total, 121 acres are owned by the City and 10 acres are leased from the Newark Unified School District. There are 13 parks in the city, including eight neighborhood parks, three community parks, the Shirley Sisk Grove, MacGregor Play Fields. The City also owns and operates the Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center, the Clark W. Redeker Newark Senior Center, and the Newark Community Center (closed but Available for Rental). There are 3 acre and 5 acre parks proposed in the Dumbarton Transit Oriented Development, a 3 acre joint use park planned in the Sanctuary Development (Area 3) and a 2 acre park envisioned in Sanctuary West (Area 4).  There are also 80 acres of Area 4 designated for a golf course or other recreational use.  In addition to City owned parks, there are privately owned mini parks in some neighborhoods.  Details of the City’s Parks can be found in the General Plan Parks Recreation and Open Space Element. The complete General Plan can be read here - Newark's General Plan

Newark has previously identified new recreational facilities and park expansions (including a skate park, dog park, golf course, and all weather playfields), that far exceed the community’s short and medium term financial capacity. Thus, a careful assessment and prioritization of these visions is urgently needed.