Somersett West Park Acquisition

Posted by Jim Haar

West ParkFollowing is a copy of a letter to the SOA Board of Directors and the Strategic Planning Committee.  It was written pursuant to a Reno Parks Department Report to the Reno City Council regarding “Park Maintenance Standards and Operations”.  Based upon the content of this report, I am suggesting that pursuing acquisition of the yet to be constructed Somersett West Park from the City for SOA amenity expansion purposes is a far better choice (i.e., as regards both site attributes and acquisition costs) than purchasing land from the SGCC as currently proposed by the BOD under a re-negotiated Lease Agreement.  There is also the issue of purchasing the land adjacent to The Club at Town Center, which was proposed and budgeted ($200K) by the previous BOD.  Is this still an option?  The current BOD has been relatively silent on this issue.

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To:  SOA BOD members

Strategic Planning Committee

I am attaching a copy of a Parks and Recreation Department Park Standards PPT presentation at the September 25th Reno Council meeting.  It is interesting because it makes the following points:

  1.       Status:   Park System in unsustainable at current resource levels.
  2.       Options:  Park Inventory – Transfer limited use parks to others – Repurpose sites with limited use, near other parks or other special circumstances.
  3.      Options:  Future Development – Change development & maintenance requirements in Planned Unit Developments.
  4.      Staff Recommendations:  Short Term – Transfer specific site maintenance or ownership – HOA’s

The message here is obvious: 1) the Somersett West Park construction will not happen anytime soon, if ever and 2) transfer of ownership of the Somersett West Park from Parks and Recreation to the SOA is an achievable alternative.

It should be clear to all that the Somersett West Park parcel is a much more desirable (and less costly) site for future SOA expansion than the proposed acquisition of SGCC land under a renegotiated “Lease Agreement”. Therefore, I suggest that the BOD redirect their efforts in this regard, or at least proceed along a parallel path.  Especially given that a new agreement with the SGCC has no guarantee of homeowner approval.

A BOD response to this email would be appreciated.

Jim Haar

Association Member