Los Altos is hosting a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Rosita Park tomorrow (10/28/2011) from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Rosita Park is my neighborhood park. I live a few blocks away and over the years have spent a lot of time there playing with my kids and dog. When I was a kid, I used to swim in the Covington pool (which was adjacent to the park, but was removed in 2001).
Rosita Park had been closed for several months while the city completed the renovation. The most noticeable of the changes to the five acre site include the addition of a concession building with restrooms (right behind the baseball diamond), three tennis courts (originally there were two), a playground area (playground equipment is to be installed later), picnic tables and benches, a six-foot wide walkway around the perimeter of the park that has three fitness stations, and tables with built-in chess/checker boards.
According to the city, the renovated park has specialized landscaping and catchments areas to contain storm water run-off and the playing fields have an upgraded irrigation system that dramatically conserves water while keeping the turf healthy. There also is a ton of parking. Prior to the renovation, parking was tough and mostly on the street.
Rosita Park is dog friendly (on leash) and it is open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.