Fullerton’s Woodcrest Park is up for $1.2 million in tender loving care.
Built in 1959, but last renovated in 2003, the three-acre park adjacent to Woodcrest Elementary School is due new outdoor fitness equipment, play structures, picnic tables and restrooms.
Also included in design plans are back-to-back half basketball courts and a handball wall.
The city has received more than $100,000 in donations from several local nonprofits for the project, which could begin in late winter or early spring, said Doug Pickard, a parks project specialist.
Construction documents are being completed.
“The revitalization of any park enhances the community it is found in,” Pickard said in an email. “For the Woodcrest community specifically, the renovation of the park will give the community a fresh place to gather for a variety of recreational activities, as well as provide a place for both children and adults to exercise and to pursue a fit and healthy lifestyle.”
Improving Woodcrest Park has been in the works since 2013.
In the years since, the city has planted new trees there, used grant funds to purchase playground equipment and negotiated with the Fullerton School District to use some underutilized school property for parkland.
A design plan was presented to community members late last year, and refined using their suggestions and feedback. Earlier this month, the Parks and Recreation Commission green-lit the project.
The community played “a significant role” in the process, Pickard said.
Woodcrest Park was one of 15 city parks opened in the post-World War II era, a staff report says.
A few years after its opening, a softball field and bleachers were added. Lighting was added in 1977, and the public restroom was later renovated.
The city would go on to install ADA-compliant play equipment and improve other amenities. But other than some landscaping upgrades, the park has largely gone untouched the past 15 years.
St. Jude Medical Center, the Woman’s Club of Fullerton and Kiwanis International are among the organizations to contribute to the renovation.
Their generosity, Pickard said, “is a tangible example to the Woodcrest community that they are valued by the larger community. The contributions made to this project will create a better, more…