Gracie Hiddleson Park Expansion Project

Hiddleson Park Aerial View

HELP DESIGN YOUR PARK!

The City of Woodland is applying for a grant for the possible expansion and renovation of Gracie Hiddleson Park. We are hosting community meetings to gather design ideas and answer questions. We hope to see you there!

Please take our 5-minute survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/BPM3D37

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

SIDEWALK MEETINGS

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019: 6:00PM - 7:00PM

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019: 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Both meetings will be held at the shade structures at Gracie Hiddleson Park, 1310 College St. 

Refreshments provided. All ages welcome!

Stop by our table and share your ideas at these upcoming events!
  • MAY 23: 9AM-11AM—SENIOR RESOURCE FAIR,  2001 EAST ST.
  • MAY 23: 3:30-5:30PM—YMCA PROGRAMS, 1310 COLLEGE ST.
  • JUNE 8: 9AM-12PM—FARMER’S MARKET, 250 FIRST  ST .

BACKGROUND

The park expansion site was once home to Hiddleson Pool, which operated in Woodland for 60 years until 2008. The pool was demolished in 2017 after an assessment found it cost-prohibitive to reopen. In 2018, the adjacent Southland Park was renamed Gracie Hiddleson Park in remembrance of the impact both the pool and Gracie Hiddleson herself had on the community.

POTENTIAL GRANT FUNDING

The City is applying for a grant to expand Gracie Hiddleson Park and improve the old pool site.

The Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) provides funding for the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s competitive Statewide Park Program (SPP), among other programs. The SPP aims to create new parks and new recreation opportunities in critically under-served communities across California.

After analyzing several parks projects for competitiveness and eligibility, staff decided to apply for the Gracie Hiddleson Park Expansion Project.

More information about the SPP can be found at parks.ca.gov/spp.

PAST FEEDBACK

In 2017, a public workshop was held before the pool was demolished to gather ideas for a park replacement. Here is a list of ideas and feedback collected at that meeting:

RECREATION FEATURE IDEAS:

  • Prefer active space for children to play
  • Create something for older children
  • Create a less-traditional, free-play area
  • Art work area with an educational purpose
  • Improvements should encourage activity
  • Expand playground
  • Water feature
  • Would not like a dog park or skate park
  • Climbing features
  • Small play area with youth soccer field
  • Want play area, not all trees

SUGGESTIONS & CONCERNS:

  • Make sure it is well lit
  • Would like feedback from local children
  • Provide shade
  • Make sure the public is aware of what happens next and what changes are made
  • Concerns about attractive nuisance with passive park area