New restrooms and shade structures at two city parks are among improvements to be paid out of development impact fees that were approved Tuesday by councilmembers.

The existing restrooms at Tedeschi Little League Field will be replaced and will provide access to users of the Napa Valley Vine Trail that runs alongside the field. The door locks will be on a programmable timer to open and close at specific times, and a drinking fountain will be installed fronting the trail.

At Pioneer Park a tree posing a liability at the Tot Lot will be removed and three shade structures will be installed to continue to shade the playground. The tree, a coast live oak, was inspected by Pacific Tree Care and found to have suffered sun scold, and there is evidence of active fungi and decay, according to the arborist’s report.

The tree leans heavily and stretches over a walkway and above the playground. Steel supports were installed years ago to prop up the large branches, but the arborist, Anthony Bartell, believes the tree is a liability and recommended it be removed.

Ross Recreation Equipment, which installed the playground equipment, will install three shade structures in the amount of $25,101. The city approved a budget of $30,000 for the project to cover a small contingency and building permits, which will occur as a budget adjustment from the Little League restroom replacement project, which will cost less than budgeted.

Proposals for the restroom project ranged up to $180,000, but the proposal from Paul Coates Construction came in under that at $129,496. The project is budgeted for $150,000 to allow for contingencies and permits. The projects are being paid for with funds derived from the Cultural Recreation Impact Fees.

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