Novato Sports and Community Park
Novato Sports and Community Park
The Novato Sports and Community Park plan seamlessly blends state-of-the-art sports and recreational facilities with a newly created Community Park -- all in harmony with the natural environment that mixes with and surrounds all elements of the park.
A key component of the project plan is to provide the Novato and greater Marin County communities with much-needed recreational and sports facilities that, in large part, will be utilized by local youth sports teams, schools and adult recreational groups. The Novato Sports and Community Park will serve a wide range of sports, from baseball/softball to “field sports” such as soccer, lacrosse, rugby and football, as well as offering training facilities, parklands and biking/walking/jogging trails.
The Community Park
A key component of the Novato Sports and Community Park is the dedication of a 12-acre community park to be constructed, maintained and operated by the operators of Novato Sports and Community Park at no cost to the public. This community park is open to the public and will include:
- Shaded picnic areas
- One-acre dog park
- Little League baseball field
- Youth-sized multi-purpose field for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, etc.
- Children’s “spray-ground” and splash pad
- Children’s play equipment and a rock climbing feature
- Beach volleyball courts
- Bocce Ball courts
- Snack Bar and Restrooms
The Sports Facilities
The Novato Sports and Community Park is composed of four separate facilities capable of hosting lessons, programs, camps and clinics, league and tournament play:
- The Baseball/Softball Facility: Four non-lighted turf fields suitable for varying levels of youth baseball and adult softball, including a snack bar and restrooms;
- The Multi-Sport Facility: Two non-lighted international sized turf fields to accommodate field sports such as soccer, rugby, lacrosse and football, including a snack bar and restrooms;
- The Future Prospects Training Center: An indoor baseball and softball training center including batting cages, a strength and conditioning room and a covered half-field practice area;
- The Regulation Field at Novato Sports and Community Park: An unlighted regulation-sized field that could seat up to 500 spectators.
The Interpretive Center
In conjunction with the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project and the Bay Trail, the Novato Sports and Community Park will include an interpretive pavilion to educate and inform visitors about the native ecological and historical aspects of the wetlands restoration project, which lies just to the east of Novato Sports and Community Park.
The Novato Sports and Community Park Sports and Community Park project will be planned, designed and constructed in strict compliance with the Closure and Post-Closure Maintenance Plan (“CPCMP”) for Landfill 26. The project shall maintain the integrity of the landfill cap and will be subject not only to state, local and federal laws and regulations but also to the final approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in association with the regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over Landfill 26.
In addition, the Novato Sports and Community Park project includes the construction of a new access road serving both the sports park and the Wetlands Restoration Project and Interpretive Center. The new road will replace the existing Todd Road that skirts the southern edge of the property adjacent to the contiguous residential neighborhoods.