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Parks Recreation & Waterfront Department
Parks Recreation & Waterfront Department

Welcome to the Project Information Page

for the

Renovation Projects

at John Hinkel Park

Latest Update: June 11, 2019


John Hinkel Upper Park Improvements

The project includes a new accessible pathway from San Diego Road to a new picnic area in place of the historic clubhouse that was destroyed by fire, new site furnishings, and reconstruction of the entry stairway at Somerset Place. Construction is anticipated to begin in August 2019 and will take approximately 5 months. 


John Hinkel Amphitheatre Area, Parking, Playground and Picnic Area Improvements

The project includes a new playground and picnic area, as well as repairs and accessibility improvements for the John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre at Somerset Place.  Improvements may include reconfigured parking and an accessible path from the parking area, to the playground, picnic and amphitheatre performance area. The overall goal of the project will be to provide a safe and inclusive play, picnic environment and amphitheatre while preserving the historic nature and character of the park. 

A community meeting was held on May 18, 2019 to introduce the project, start a conversation about the issues and opportunities in this area of the park, and solicit feedback on the conceptual design ideas that were presented. 

May 18, 2019 Meeting Agenda

If you were not able to attend the meeting and would like to provide feedback on the conceptual design options, please email by 5pm on July 19th, 2019.

Historical Aerial Images

Existing Condition Site Photos

Conceptual - Amphitheater Improvements

Conceptual - Picnic and Play Area Seating Arrangement

Conceptual - Picnic Area Dining Arrangement

Conceptual - Play Elements

Conceptual - Site Layout

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