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Sea Country Senior and Community Center Parking Lot
The City held a community meeting on Monday, September 18 to hear concerns from residents. We heard you loud and clear and the City has already conveyed the message to the City Council. Among some of the concerns included, but are not limited to, costs, decline in aesthetics, potential for crime and nuisances such as loud music, trash, graffiti, loitering, and traffic concerns. 

At the October 17 City Council meeting, Interim Assistant City Manager Debbie Bell provided an update regarding the status of the Senior Auxiliary Parking Lot project. The City is evaluating the reconfiguration of the existing parking lot at the Sea Country Senior and Community Center to accommodate additional parking spaces. 

The City Council discussed the alternative proposal utilizing the existing parking lot at their November 7 City Council meeting, and ultimately decided not to proceed with the proposed parking lot. Rather, the City will review a proposed reconfiguration of the existing Senior Center parking lot and gather additional information regarding parking needs at the Senior Center to be presented to the Council at a future date.

Fitness Area for Seniors - Frequently Asked Questions
A fitness area for seniors is currently in its preliminary stages. More research is needed to determine how to make it a viable project, as well as taking the best approach to make it an asset to the community. Part of the process will involve gathering community input through future workshops, surveys, and public meetings. The City has also compiled the following list of Frequently Asked Questions to help answer some questions regarding the Fitness Park: 

Why is the City building a Fitness Park? 
Also known as an outdoor fitness park, adult fitness parks also commonly referred to as senior fitness parks began in Europe and are becoming more popular as our population ages. Adult fitness parks differ from traditional parks in the choice of equipment and intended use and purpose. This park will be designed specifically for the older population and includes equipment tailored to combat the effects of cognitive and physical deterioration of older adults. An outdoor fitness park might include elements like stationary and recumbent bicycles, side-by-side striders, face-to-face leg presses and hand-eye dexterity games. Regardless of an adult’s level of fitness, this type of park encourages adults to be more active and spend more time outdoors while keeping the mind and body healthier for Laguna Niguel’s aging population.

Where will the Fitness Park be located?
The City has identified Yosemite Park as the potential ideal location for an Fitness Park for seniors, which is located five minutes and within walking distance from the Sea County Senior and Community Center. If Yosemite Park is confirmed to be selected location, the City intends to use an area of this park to build the Fitness Park that will feature equipment and amenities geared for the older population. 

How much will the project cost?
The City Council budgeted $150,000 for this fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) to begin the design of the park. The goal for the annual budget is to set money aside each year for the next four years in order to construct the park using the funds set aside for this purpose. 

What is the status of the project?
The City is in the process of selecting a consultant to help design the park with City staff and the Parks & Recreation Commission. The design contract is expected to be awarded in the coming months. In addition, community members can participate in shaping the design of the park during this conceptual design stage through community workshops and a survey. Future workshop opportunities will be announced on the city’s website and Facebook pages. Once plans are finalized and approved by the City Council, the City will issue final bid documents for a construction firm to build the park. At this time, we are anticipating that construction of the Fitness Park will begin in 4-5 years.

What amenities will the Fitness Park offer? 
During design of the Fitness Park, representatives from the City, Parks & Recreation Commission, Senior Citizens Committee, Alzheimer’s Association, and select gerontologists will be involved with the design and will carefully consider public input, as well as selection of appropriate equipment offered. Community input is also welcome at all stages of the design process. 


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City of Laguna Niguel
30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Tel: (949) 362-4300
Fax: (949) 362-4340

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