City Councilor Diane Gibson Supports Los Altos Park Improvements

Improvements to Los Altos Park are included in proposed Sports-Related Tourism package.

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, City Councilor Diane Gibson was joined by Kalvin Davis, a BMX athlete; Tom Shoemaker, Church League coordinator; Patricia Stanalonis, Senior Women’s Softball League coordinator, and other frequent users of Los Altos Park and athletic facilities, to speak about the importance of the proposed improvements at the park to maintain and increase the number of tournaments and events there.

View the proposed improvements.

“Los Altos Park is one of the most used parks and athletic facilities in our City, but it is also one of our oldest and in need of improvements,” said Councilor Gibson. “This past summer, the National Senior Games, gave us a clear example of the economic impact from athletic event related tourism and I’m looking forward to continuing to build on that.”

As part of Sports-Related Tourism package for use of $28,000,000 in Lodger’s Tax Bonds for capital projects to increase tourism, Los Altos Park is proposed to receive between $10 and $10.5 million to get the 50-year-old park up to par to host regional softball tournaments by adding a new softball field, and bringing the existing ones up to standard. Infrastructure needs like a new irrigation system, safety and security improvements, concessions area, and permanent restrooms will go along with the building of a new pump track to attract national BMX events.

“By improving this facility, we’ll increase our ability to attract more athletes and their families to spend their money at our hotels, restaurants, and shops,” Councilor Gibson continued, “with improvements to Los Altos Park we can do two things at once, by increasing the parks capacity to host regional and national events and improve facilities for our own residents and surrounding neighborhoods.”

R-19-197, allocates funds for sports related projects and is agenda for final action at the October 7th City Council Meeting.

Los Altos Park Press Conference