In 2016, The California Montessori Project (CMP), a lease tenant of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District (CRPD) located at the La Sierra Community Center (LSCC), approached CRPD about potential improvements to the blacktop area on the campus. The space serves as a play area for CMP students during their regular school hours and is accessible to the public outside of CMP’s school hours.
Staff members and patrons of CMP and CRPD collaborated on initial concepts of what the improvements would include and preliminary discussions with The HLA Group, a local landscape architecture, and planning firm, assisted with what the project would entail as it related to design and cost. Both agencies agreed to share in the cost of the improvements.
This project is slated as a multi-phased renovation.
- Phase I, the fully-funded portion of the project, includes the removal of the existing asphalt paving area and in-ground basketball standards (hoop and backboards). It includes new colored asphalt, striped game courts (hopscotch, labyrinth, sprint track, round/square four-square, and a futsal court), full and half basketball courts with standards, a ball wall, and tetherball courts. Phase I Bid information, plans and specifications are available on this page (scroll down).
- Phase II, the unfunded portion of the project, would include a poured-in-place rubberized surface to house an outdoor fitness equipment cluster, walking paths, benches, stepping stones, and landscaping.
Both agencies view this project as a benefit to the entire community. Collaborations like the LSCC Play Area Renovation Project help strengthen partnerships and bring community members together to share and enjoy recreational opportunities.