Daly City - The City Council
of Daly City voted unanimously on April 9th to
allocate $1.5 million to renovate and upgrade
Marchbank Park, the first major makeover in nearly
30 years. Zolman Construction and Development,
Inc. of San Carlos was awarded the two-phase construction
project scheduled to begin in May.
The Marchbank Park project, located off Junipero
Serra Boulevard in the Original Daly City neighborhood
adjacent to the Pacific Plaza development, is
part of the city's $40 million capital improvements
program. Renovation of the tri-level multi-use
park, which totals about 5 acres, will be completed
in two parts.
Phase one will focus on the lower level and ball
field. It includes the construction of a concession
stand and restroom facilities, installation of
an electronic scoreboard, improvements to the
existing seating area and bleachers, as well as
paving and landscaping upgrades. Estimated completion
date is July 31st, to coincide with the summer
grand opening of the first office building in
Phase two, also slated to begin in May, is for
Marchbank Park's second and third tiers. A new
clubhouse will replace the current 80-year-old
structure. Construction of a picnic area and a
disabled access ramp are also priority items.
The mid-level section will have a new playground
capable of challenging the most adventuresome
teen or toddler, and will be equipped with
tetherball, hopscotch and an improved basketball
court. A craft area and a granite amphitheater
will be also added. By year's end, residents from
the Original Daly City neighborhood, whose suggestions
were incorporated in the final design plans, should
be able to enjoy the fully refurbished Marchbank
"This project is long overdue. Marchbank
Park's anticipated new look will surely complement
its new neighbor, Pacific Plaza. Residents will
be able to walk up the promenade after a baseball
game or a jog on the walking trail, and enjoy
a scoop of ice cream, a cup of coffee, or even
a matinee in the nearby movie theater," said
Mayor Carol Klatt.
About $1 million of the $1.5 million project is
funded from the Community Development Block Grant
program, federal entitlement dollars that Daly
City receives from the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD).
Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abbey, a Mill Valley-based
firm, completed the design plans and construction
bid documents for the Marchbank project.
Zolman Construction and Development, Inc. of San
Carlos, the lowest responsible bidder, has been
in business since 1972. Recently completed projects
include park facilities for the San Mateo Union
High School District and the cities of Union City,
Sunnyvale and Redwood City.