We are thrilled to announce that the first phase of Twain Harte Meadows Park project is currently underway and off to a fantastic start. Thanks to a Sonora Area Foundation grant in honor of late board member Jim Johnson and generous donations from our community, we have begun the bocce court improvements. The enhancements made to the bocce court will serve as the core connection between Eproson Park and the new Twain Harte Meadows Park and will provide a small preview of what's to come in the larger new park area.
Twain Harte Meadows Park Development
In 2016, a local resident donated a 1-acre vacant parcel to our District with a dream of creating a beautiful park that would draw the Twain Harte community together for generations. The dream began to take shape over the past two years as community members gathered to collaborate in brainstorming sessions, surveys and interactive design workshops to create a beautiful conceptual design that reflects the desires and charm of Twain Harte and its residents. See our Final Conceptual Plan for more information on what's included in the design.
Twain Harte Meadows Park will provide a mountain meadow recreation area where community members of all ages can gather to play, relax, and enjoy the beauty of our mountain community for generations to come.
What is Phase One?
The first phase of the Twain Harte Meadows Project focuses on enhancing the existing bocce courts. The enhancements are designed to match those to be constructed as part of the future larger park, providing a small preview of what's to come.
- Court Shade Structures: Wooden shade structures will be placed over each end of the court, providing a more enjoyable experience for people who would like to play bocce in the heat of the day. The shade structures will also be equipped with lights to accommodate those games that push into dusk.
- Covered Picnic/Gathering Area: The seating area will be expanded by adding a 16’x24’ pavilion next to the existing courts. The pavilion is sized to house 4 to 6 large picnic tables, providing a shaded area for people to enjoy while playing bocce, picnicking or watching the concerts in the park. With large scale timber and rustic architectural design modeled to match the larger future outdoor pavilion, the bocce pavilion will aesthetically tie all the structures together with a look that reflects our mountain community.
- Landscaping and Rainwater Tank: The new patio area will be landscaped for shade and aesthetics that will serve as another way to ensure the new park visually connects with Eproson Park. A rainwater collection tank will also be incorporated into the landscaping to capture rainwater from the pavilion roof. The water will be used to water the landscaping and the Community Garden. The area will be fenced with a split rail fence to create a more open feel and to match the existing fence that surrounds the well house.
With the project underway, we will remain open as much as possible but want to share that the bocce courts will be closed intermittently, with the goal of making continual great strides towards the estimated completion in early October.
Phase One Construction Updates
For the latest progress pictures and information, please click on the update links below:
How to Get Involved
We maintain an email list of community members who want to be involved in this great community opportunity. The list is used to keep people informed about the development process and upcoming community forums. If you would like to be added to the list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you might want to be involved.
We have received many questions regarding plans for the next phases of the Twain Harte Meadows Park project. Timing of future phases completely depends on funding. Although our initial attempt at grant funding was unsuccessful, we are pursuing several other promising grant opportunities. While we are anxious to get the rest of the project underway, we want to do everything we can to bring in money from outside the community before asking our residents to help fund construction. See below for some of the grants we are pursuing:
State Parks Proposition 68 Per Capita Grant
- Awarded $177,952
State Water Resources Control Board Stormwater Grant - $100 million available
- Applied in July 2020 / Grant awards expected by December 2020
- Would fund 60% of the new park
State Parks Proposition 68 Statewide Park Program - $395 million available
- Application due December 2020 / Grant awards expected by June 2021
- Would fund 100% of new park
State Parks Proposition 68 Rural Recreation & Tourism Program – $23 million available
- Anticipated to be released in summer 2021
- Would fund 100% of new park