Fairmont/Centennial Park Improvements, Phase 1, C5037

The design of the Fairmont Park Phase I Improvements Project is underway. Phase I of the Project will upgrade a portion of Fairmont Park (approximately 16,000 square feet of area at the south portion nearest Eureka Avenue) including:

  • New entry plaza – welcome kiosk, seating, gateway signage, and group exercise area
  • New path network - accessible paths with emergency and maintenance vehicle access
  • Enhanced gathering spaces - passive and active recreational areas with new amenities
  • Consideration of future art (such as mural) opportunities and locations
  • Improved children’s play area
  • Improved landscaping and lighting

Community members are encouraged to give input on the design of Phase One improvements.

The first public outreach event was a design charrette that was held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, at the Fairmont Elementary School Multi-purpose Room, 724 Kearney Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

The public was invited to participate, provide input and collaborate with staff and the design team. The interactive workshop included a site walk to the Fairmont Park from 10:00 am to 10:30 am, and light refreshments were served.

The City had its second public meeting regarding the Fairmont Park Phase I Improvements Project at the Park and Recreation Commission Meeting, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. There was a presentation by Restoration Design Group and City staff, followed by an open comment period. The schematic design incorporated input received from the June 3rd Design Charrette and the project’s online survey. 

The City will be having its third public meeting regarding the Fairmont Park Phase I Improvements Project during the Park and Recreation Commission Meeting, Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  Please join us for a presentation on the 65% design plans by Restoration Design Group and City staff, followed by an open comment period.
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Where is Fairmont Park?

Fairmont Park is located along the Ohlone Greenway, at Eureka Avenue and Liberty Street and is adjacent to the El Cerrito Senior Center, Library, Fairmont Elementary School (on Stockton Avenue).

What amenities are currently there?

The park’s existing design and furniture was originated by the landscape architecture firm Royston, Hanamoto, Mayes & Beck in 1965 and include elements that have been identified by the community as important to retain, including a stone statue of a turtle near the playground and steps and field-stone walls classic of the firm’s design.

The park is also home to a “pop-up” community garden project constructed during Earth Day in 2013 and maintained by the El Cerrito Community Garden Network, and which serves as an informal gathering space. A local community group also maintains habitat along the recessed areas at the base of the retaining wall on the east side of the Ohlone Greenway.

How was this project prioritized?

Fairmont Park was identified as an important community project and was selected as one of four Pilot Projects in the City’s Urban Greening Plan, which was adopted in December 2015. The desired improvements for Fairmont Park were split into phase 1 and phase 2 due to limited funds. Currently, phase 2 improvements are unfunded.

The design of Phase 1 improvements will also take into consideration the full vision for Fairmont Park identified in the City’s Urban Greening Plan (Adopted in December 2015).

What is the funding source for Phase 1 improvements?

The project is funded by the East Bay Regional Park District Measure WW grant and most recently a grant from the California Department of Housing Community Development Housing Related Parks Program.

Construction update

The City has contracted with Green Valley Group to complete this Phase I work at Centennial Park; they are scheduled to begin with construction on the week of June 11, 2018 and construction is expected to be completed by this fall. Typical construction hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Please expect to see heavy equipment at the project site to demolish the existing pathway, existing play structure and regrade the park to the new layout shown below. The park will be closed during construction, and several on-street parking spaces will be temporarily blocked during the construction phase. Notice regarding “No Parking” restrictions will be posted on barricade signs typically 72 hours in advance of any work.

While construction is underway, should you encounter any issues that need immediate attention, please contact the Project Manager for Green Valley Group, Flavio Rubio, at (925) 389-9798. If you have any questions regarding the overall project, please contact the City’s Associate Engineer, Ana Bernardes, at (510) 215-4385. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Request for Proposal for design consultants - January 2017
Consulting Services Agreement with Restoration Design Group, Inc - March 2017
Urban Greening Plan - December 2015