The City has spent the last several years working with the community to develop a plan to replace Hillview Community Center and Park. At nearly 70 years old, the Community Center does not meet the functional needs of recreational programming and has reached the end of its useful life.
Acknowledging that a prior plan was not in line with the community’s expectations, the City re-engaged with residents in developing a plan that replaces the more heavily used facilities on the Civic Center campus. Numerous meetings, focus groups and polls helped to better assess the needs and desires of the community. The result is a scaled-back plan, which is sensible, financially prudent and benefits all members of the community – children, youth, families, seniors and adults.
The current plan for Hillview Community Center and Park includes three project components:
- Replacing the existing recreation facilities at Hillview Community Center with a new, multi-use facility for recreational, social and educational programs and services
- Building community pool facilities
- Improving Hillview Park, open space, and sports fields
This plan allows for the replacement and improvement of Hillview Community Center and Park in a fiscally prudent manner that avoids disrupting other facilities and services provided at the Civic Center site. Relocating, rebuilding, or expanding police and administrative facilities, theater, history museum, and library are not included in the current plan.
The planned facilities will accommodate current as well as future anticipated program needs. Once funding is secured, the project will move into the design phase at which point the City will seek additional public input into the design of the project. At that time a detailed architectural plan will be developed.
The project is estimated to cost $87 million. Of this, the City will contribute up to $25 million of existing funds to this project. Additionally, the City Council will place a measure on the November 2015 ballot asking Los Altos voters to approve a $65 million general obligation bond. The estimated average amount taxpayers would pay is $19.36 per $100,000 of assessed property value (not market value) annually.