By Joe Naiman
San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the Ramona Unified School District to provide $97,000 for improvements to Ramona Community School recreation facilities.
The supervisors’ 5-0 vote Nov. 9 appropriated Park Land Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) funding for the project and authorized the director of the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation to execute an amendment to the joint powers agreement the county has with the Ramona district.
The county supervisors also found the project to be exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review since it consists of minor alterations to an existing public facility with no expansion of the use.
In April 1988 the county and the school district approved a joint powers agreement to construct public recreational facilities on school property. The school district has use of the park during school hours, and the park is open to the general public at other times. Subsequent amendments to the original agreement have funded recreational facilities at other Ramona schools.
The current project will cover design and construction costs to resurface an existing softball field with decomposed granite and to install seven fitness stations, a shade structure, a drinking fountain, four portable picnic tables, four benches with in-ground mounting, and four concrete trash receptacles. The work will also include planting six large trees.
PLDO money is provided by developers to fund parks in the development’s community. On Aug. 25, Ramona Community Planning Group voted to recommend the $97,000 of PLDO funds for the recreational use.