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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: October 24, 2019


John Hinkel Upper Park Improvements

Construction for the John Hinkel Park Improvement Project is expected to begin in October 2019. Renovations include a new accessible pathway from San Diego Road to a new picnic area at the former clubhouse location. Upgrades also include new site furnishings and reconstruction of the entry stairway at Somerset Place. Construction is anticipated to take approximately 4 months to complete depending on weather or unforeseen conditions.

Possible Inconveniences: "No Parking" signs will be posted along the street at least 3 days in advance of construction and will be enforced by the Police Department.  Parking will be restricted to allow for construction access, vehicle movement and staging.  Please see the posted signs for exact hours and locations as they may vary according to scheduled tasks. All other usual parking restrictions, including no parking for street cleaning, will still be in effect.  Traffic may be delayed at the worksite to allow for construction vehicle movement, but the street will not be closed, except under unforeseen circumstances.  Access to private driveways will be maintained.  Emergency vehicle access will be maintained.  


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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