VIDEO and PLAN.
I rarely post from personal perspective, but since I am on the Granada Community Services District Parks and Recs Committee, I will today. I participated in a GCSD meeting, yesterday 5/21/2020, 7:30 pm by Zoom. I, personally love Zoom as you can see every face talking to you. Remote participation is sooo much easier, and just as effective. Next meeting, June we will get all those interested in the skate ramp to Zoom the GCSD meeting and show them how much you need it open.
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m rabid on skate parks, skate ramps and pump tracks, well and pools. I can get pretty frustrated with government.
In the case of the GCSD board, I hope you take the time to listen, to get the full perspective of our goals, and legal responsibilities. I pushed as hard as I could without being rude. It is important, regardless of passion, that you be mannerly and appreciative of all the other board members and staff. It is not always easy to do. But we are in this together; we are all feeling different things, so we need to be kind to one another, no matter what.
I’m not going to tell you how the meeting ends. I want you to watch, just as if you were there. It is so important that we all figure the skate ramp Covid-19 safety protocols out together.
Due to Covid-19 it is both easier and harder to participate.
Next meeting 6/18/2020, 7:30 we will be discussing the ramp again. I hope you will join the meeting. Click here for the 6/18/20 Zoom link.
GCSD Regular Board Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm in the District’s meeting room, and are normally shown on Pacific Coast TV (PCT) (Cable channel 27) at 6:00 am on Wednesday and at 11:00 am Saturday following the meeting (but check the schedule as show times can vary).
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The Beginning of the Skate Ramp Opening Plans
Here is my DRAFT of the possible components of a plan to open the skate ramp up that I came up with for the board to discuss at last night’s meeting.
DRAFT to GCSD Board: Covid-19 Plans to Open the Jetty Skate Ramp Submitted for ConsiderationThis is a work in progress. Please contact me if you have any ideas
- SIGNAGE. Create signage about distancing, sanitization, don’t come sick and scheduling. Can “you” please stop taking the signs down. Again, it doesn’t help. Call, write letter, Zoom; that helps. Taking the signs down just costs the district (taxpayers) and makes more work for GCSD employees. We have to be in this together.
- MONITOR POSITION. Create a monitor position. Hours can start with weekends and and few hours each weekday; we can adapt as we go. GCSD will require the monitor to pass a background test. This would be a paid job to make sure people follow the County Public Health rules. Candidates would need to apply, be interviewed, have their fingerprints scanned through livescan, and pass a background check. As a public agency no one wants to endanger GCSD constituents, neighbors or friends. The idea must be approved by the board.
Contact Michelle Dragony, GCSD Parks Parks Advisory Committee Member If You are Interested in the Potential Jetty Skate Ramp Monitor Paid Job.
- ON RAMP. 4 skaters at a time (5 minutes each for total of 20 minutes) with one skater at each corner. Families or friend units (like Paul’s kids who played with immediate neighbor kids together during SIP) can skate together. AND/OR 1 solo skater for 5 minutes and they get back in line, or 2 skaters for 10.
- LIABILITY RELEASE. Everyone who skates has a liability release form on file which includes name, address, cell number, parent names and addresses and signatures for minors. Maybe we can come up with a laminated card with skaters picture.
- WAITING. Waiting skaters are spaced 6 feet apart and need to wear masks. GCSD will need create marks for people to wait; having a sign up sheet will reduce people waiting as they will know what time they are skating (see below).
- ONLINE RESERVATION. Monitor can manage a paper or digital signup list. The monitor’s cell number can be listed on the ramp and people can call before they come down. Depending on number of users, monitor will make sure everyone gets a turn, so one session per day, no one hogs time. Sign up on the day, not ahead to, also, avoid hogging. One session per day, unless there are vacancies.
- LOCK. Monitor will lock and unlock the chain when they arrive and leave.
- GLOVES. Gloves can not be worn while skating, but monitor can squirt sanitizer on their hands before skaters get on the ramp. This does not conform to the San Mateo County Public Health orders for High-touch areas.
- DISINFECT HIGH-TOUCH AREAS. Skater use their hands to get up onto the ramp. This parallels playgrounds as being high touch. Only a few people use their hands doing tricks. Solution? Disinfect hands with disinfectant before getting on ramp. Monitor can spray disinfectant on high touch areas.
- MASKS. Masks are unrealistic while skating. Skaters consume serious oxygen; putting pressure on the lungs is dangerous, especially for asthmatics. Being outside, droplets will disperse readily. This does not conform to the San Mateo County Public Health orders for High-touch areas.
- Monitor will always wear a mask.Find and pay a monitorThe attorney’s concerns can NOT be accommodated by a volunteer, at least not at first. It is just too much responsibility. Once the new system is implemented, adjusted and smoothly running we can see if we can go to volunteer, or self-police.
Be prepared to adapt and adjust until the system works smoothly. I encourage your feedback. Next Meeting 6/18/2020 ~ Michelle Dragony
This just a first draft and it based on the 5/15/2020 Public Health order directed by San Mateo County Public Health Officer, Scott Morrow (who lives on the coast btw).
Links to previous GCSD meetings’ videos.
The Granada Community Services District (GCSD), formerly the Granada Sanitary District, gained park and recreational jurisdiction on October 1, 2014, for the unincorporated areas of El Granada, Miramar and Princeton (i.e. the “GCSD Community”) by a positive vote of 60% of the voters in the District. This reorganization allows the district to provide parks and recreation services in addition to the sewer, solid waste and recycling services it currently provides to over 2,500 residences and businesses in the District as well as the northern portion of the City of Half Moon Bay. Solid waste and recycling services are provided by Recology of the Coast under a franchise agreement with GCSD.
The parks and recreation function is funded by utilizing a portion of GCSD’s share of San Mateo County property tax revenues, not from sewer charges. GCSD’s goal is to provide parks and recreation services that benefit the GCSD community, with a commitment to robust neighborhood outreach on new projects.
Granada Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) Agenda
GCSD owns the undeveloped “Burnham Strip” property along Obispo Street between Coronado Street and Avenue Alhambra in El Granada, which may be developed as an El Granada gateway park.
Additional potential park areas are a small GCSD-owned parcel on Capistrano Road in Princeton and the road medians in El Granada. GCSD and SMC completed a Permit Agreement in February 2018 which allows the District to make improvements to the El Granada Medians. GCSD may implement landscaping, seating, and active and passive recreational improvements on these properties, following an open and transparent community outreach process and all required permit and environmental review processes.