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New park near Coddingtown gets approval

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:18 p.m.

Santa Rosa approved a plan for a 2.7-acre park to be build by the developer of a large apartment complex south of Coddingtown mall.

The City Council on Tuesday signed off the plan for the yet-unnamed park at the intersection of Jennings and Range Avenues.

The Wolff Company, which has approval to build 270 apartments in a development called Range Ranch, plans to spend $1.1 million designing and building the park.

It also will make a one-time payment of $100,000 to help the city maintain it, a unique agreement that impressed Councilwoman Julie Combs. “Wow! What a great idea,” she said.

Major features will include a dog run, community garden, fitness trail, play grounds, barbecue area, and large open grass area.

A 250-year-old Valley Oak tree that at one point was to be preserved will instead be removed because arborists say the chance of a limb failure is high. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

The Board of Community Services is expected to choose a name of the park later this month.

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