We recently sent a letter to the City Council, requesting that they seek public input about the creation of a park and look for a solution that will balance security concerns with the public benefit that this extraordinary asset offers to the future of Saratoga.
We have had conversations with both water plant personnel and with the Commissioner of Public Works. We acknowledge that there are several concerns:
- Securing the main waterworks building with new perimeter fence;
- Securing various valves and other specific infrastructure components on the surface of the lawn; and
- The occasional need for major work on underground infrastructure, such as the recent break to a water main that required heavy equipment.
We propose that each of these concerns could be addressed with targeted solutions that would still allow DPW to create a small gem of a public park that would be of great value to residents and workers in this area.
- To secure the main waterworks building, we would recommend that a fence be placed around just the upper portion of the property. The fence could even be hidden in a low evergreen hedge.
- To secure the various valves, we would suggest the installation of secure cages for each specific piece of infrastructure.
- To accommodate the occasional need to do major work on underground infrastructure, any benches or other passive-use park installations would be rather modest and strategically placed to avoid conflicts with future underground repairs, and the City could simply close the park during periods when underground infrastructure work is needed.
We have offered the City our assistance in developing this pocket park. We have offered to help raise money or to plant trees as part of Sustainable Saratoga’s Tree Toga efforts. If you support the establishment of parks like this, please consider speaking out in support of this Waterworks Plant park.