Rocklin Parks and Recreation opens new digs

City spends nearly $700,000 to update park bathrooms, former library
By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Nearly $700,000 in changes and upgrades to Johnson Springview Park are finally completed. At a cost of $412,847, the city remodeled the former library building for use as offices for the Parks and Recreation Department. The renovations included updated heating and air conditioning units, interior walls, flooring, lighting, plumbing, roof and paint. The money was secured last year using the Redevelopment Agency Fund and the Recreation Facilities Contribution Fund. “I think it’s great to have the parks and recreation department in the park where the people are,” Rocklin Parks and Recreation Director Gordon Holt said. “Our goal is to be more responsive to their needs.” Holt and six staffers relocated their offices from the Rocklin Events Center on Sunset Boulevard. “My office is even looking out at the playground and ensuring the safety of the kids,” Holt said. Some classes like fencing also moved to the new location. According to the city, new classes to be offered include Yoga, Pilates and Zumba. The city also made room for Final 9 Sports to operate a disc golf pro shop in a portion of the building on Fifth Street. Co-owner Bruce Knisley supplies equipment for the popular 18-hole disc golf course at Johnson-Springview Park. He had previously operated a similar shop at a disc golf course in Orangevale. “There are a lot of parks that have pro shops. We just thought it would be a good idea to try to get one out here as well,” Knisley said. The Rocklin City Council approved Knisley’s $900 a month, three-year lease with the provision that 10 percent of the shop’s monthly sales and 50 percent of the total registration fees received from group disc golf instructional services be paid to the city. “It’s all a good partnership the way it’s set up,” Knisely said. “We think it’s a fair deal for both of us.” Knisely’s electricity cost for the 400-square-foot will also be picked up by the city. Holt said the shop was not set up to allow for a separate utility box. “Electricity is included in the rent. We actually looked at what the cost would be and we raised the rent to where it would be,” Holt said. “If we have to revisit the contract, we will.” The city spent $277,538 to reconstruct two Johnson Springview park restrooms, which included one snack bar, in order to meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. This scope of work included new in-ground utilities, concrete slabs, block walls, metal roofing, and all new fixtures. The Redevelopment Agency Fund and the Recreation Facilities Contribution Fund were used to pay contractor PBM Construction, Inc. for the work. Earlier this year, the city partnered with Rocklin Residents Unite for Fido (RRUFF) to open the city’s first off-leash dog park behind the new bathrooms at the park. “I’ve never had so many people say thank you for doing this,” RRUFF member Hal Curtis said. Holt said that despite dealing with limited funding the dog park is a great example of how the city is partnering with community members to be responsive to its citizens. “If the community wants us to look at something we’ll start looking at it,” Holt said. “This park has everything now.” Holt said plans are in the works to expand the current disc golf course to 27 holes. “Our goal is to start hosting tournaments and become a destination,” Holt said. “If we can get on the map for disc golf it would be a good thing.”