pleted in the historic building for the convenience of visitors and cleanliness of the park.
The third phase revolves around completion
of all the picnic areas on the upper portion of
the site. All remaining walkways on the
upper site will be installed for complete safe access to all elements. The main entrance on
the corner of Chambertin Drive and Treviso
Avenue will be installed. This will enhance
the image of the neighborhood and make a
beautiful statement about the park. Medium
scale planting will be installed on the upper
site to provide aesthetic landscape cover and
help prevent erosion of soil. The final piece
of phase three is the installation of the
central plaza at the top of the stairs. This will create a heart for the park and provide a
place for community gatherings.
The fourth phase will revolve around the
enhancement of the picnic facilities in the
orchard on the lower site. It will also include
the completion of the planting on the upper
site and the installation of the second entrance on the corners of Treviso Avenue and
Le Franc Way.
The fifth phase will revolve around the
restoration and enhancement of the rose
garden and the Benoist garden. A second
vineyard will be planted adjacent to the wine
cellar. A new central staircase and fountain
will be installed to enhance the central plaza.
A trellised patio will be added to the historic
building and the walkways around the lower
building will be installed.
This leads to the families of the Almaden
Winery Neighborhood and how they can
make the Le Franc gardens their own and
participate in the legacy by letting the park
serve as their own backyard. Community
involvement in the design, planting and
maintenance will ensure that the park's
neighbors feel attached to their new outdoor
space. It will be a place for their children to
play, dream and learn. Living in an urban
environment, we often become removed
from our connection to nature, so birds and
other wildlife will be invited to share the
backyard. Picnic areas are developed to enjoy
outside dining with family and friends.
Places have been designed to let the dogs run
and play. Garden nooks are provided for reading and quiet contemplation. The views
in the neighborhood have been improved by
the park's beauty and property values will
increase. Almaden Gardens is a place to be
proud of, to feel ownership for, to teach a
sense of community, to socialize in, and
become closer to neighbors. It is a place to
walk, visit, and enjoy as an outdoor extension of one's home.
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