Somersett West Park – Are We Close?

Somersett UnitedApproximately two years ago, this website published a status report on the proposed Somersett West Park.  For those of you who may not be familiar with this project, it involves construction of a 2nd Park as planned for under the Somersett PUD.  This Park was to be located across from the fire station on Hawk Meadow Trail.  The Park was to be built by the City of Reno from new residential construction tax fees.  Although a public park, routine maintenance costs would be the responsibility of the Somersett Owners Association (SOA).

In the two years since the last report, no information has been provided by our Board of Directors (BOD) on what is currently happening with this Park.  However, as the result of a new set of questions submitted to the Reno Parks Department by a Somersett resident, the following update was obtained from Parks Manager, Jeff Mann.

  1. The City has received clear title for the land from the Developer; this had not yet been accomplished at the last update.
  2. The original estimated construction cost for the Park and associated Somersett trailhead was $575K. This value is subject to change based on prevailing construction costs.
  3. Park construction funds are derived from new home construction tax fees (1 % of building value up to $1000 max) within the Park District encompassing Somersett. Of these fees, 52% are dedicated to the Somersett West Park and 48% to other Parks within the District.
  4. As of December 2014, $365,000 was available within the Somersett West Park Fund. Based on the $1000/unit value, approximately 210 new residential units are required to reach the $575K amount.
  5. Park will not be constructed until the entire construction funds are available. No schedule has yet been adopted.
  6. The original Park concept called for a picnic and play area along with a community garden. To view Park layout, click on the following: Somersett_West_Park_Concept. The City may make reasonable changes to the plan if in the public interest and would be coordinated with the SOA BOD. Substantial changes would require City Council approval with possible budget modifications.
  7. Acquisition and construction costs for the new Sierra Park (the old Northgate Golf Course property) will have no affect on funding or construction timetable for the Somersett West Park

In a poll taken by this website in February 2013, Park theme preference was: 50% Dog Park, 30% Community Garden, 18% Sports Field and 2% Skateboard Park. However, the sample population was relatively small.


5 thoughts on “Somersett West Park – Are We Close?

  1. Thank you author for keeping owners so well informed. Why don’t we hear about this and other things straight from our Board? We are treated like children instead of adults. Why do board candidates run every year with promises of better communications and they only get worse?????? In the current time of all the social media, Somersett is going backwards. What does it take to get out of the dark ages?

  2. Thank you for the update. We’re still waiting for that enclosed off-leash dog park that residents of Sierra Canyon (members of the dog owner group there–Waggin’Tails) lobbied so hard for with signed petitions. Please let us know when we can/should start up the lobbying machine again. The need remains.

  3. I am so glad I discovered this e-newsletter as I finally feel informed about this place I moved to almost 8 years ago. I am not sure I want to remain here so having information regarding it’s future helps greatly to plan my own future.

    I agree wholeheartedly with Daniel above regarding being treated like adults. The residents of Somersett should feel included in the decision making processes of our community, instead of only a select few being privy to future plans.

    As to the dog park Chris Watters mentions, I had no idea this was being lobbied as I do not live in Sierra Canyon, but I support the idea fully. Somersett needs a dog park.

  4. I am certain there will never be a Off-Leach Dog Park anywhere in greater Somersett. Such a thing is either against Country or City Code. The residents of Verdi tried to get one a few years ago and failed. I know because I went to the community meeting held on this issue. Believe the name of the country commissioner who was in attendance and did a good job of explaining “why not” was Bonnie Webber.

    1. Mr. Bower

      Not sure what Verdi’s problem was, but there are several city and county off-leach dog parks in the Reno area. Albeit it a long drive from Somersett, our favorites are at the Sparks Marina and Hidden Valley Park. A one closer to home would be nice.

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