PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
As part of its special district charter, the Cambria Community Services District operates a Parks and Recreation Department. The department’s main function is to manage all CCSD parks and recreation facilities and properties. This includes coordination of all issues relating to The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Management Plan and development of a community park on the East Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.
The CCSD is lucky enough to have the department run by Carlos Mendoza the Facilites and Resources Manager.
East Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
In May 2003, a Conceptual Park Plan based on community input workshops in 2002 was approved by the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission (PROS). It was submitted to the CCSD Board of Directors at its November 20, 2003 Board meeting. The proposed plan indicated development of 17.5 acres of The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve/East.
In 2001, the County of San Luis Obispo contributed $500,000 towards the purchase of the East Ranch for development as an active recreation community park. The project is included in the San Luis Obispo County Parks and Recreation Element. It was also adopted by the CCSD Board in 1994 as part of the PROS Master Plan.
Cambria has a major deficit in parkland and recreational opportunities, particularly for its growing youth population. Local school facilities are maximized for athletic activities and there has been a sharp increase in soccer, baseball and other sports requiring additional playing fields. The County owned Shamel Park is far too small to support a population of more than 6,000.
Over the years, numerous lots have been retired by private and public lot owners. The CCSD has turned some of these into neighborhood pocket parks, which are available to the community for social and recreational purposes.
Historical Center Pocket Park
In December 2008, the CCSD-owned pocket park in the East Village Historical Center of Cambria formally opened for public use. A drought resistant demonstration garden and gazebo are part of the future park planning.
In December 2008, the CCSD-owned pocket park in the Historical Center was opened for public use. The property is next to the post office in the East Village and is part of the major renovation and restoration effort that has been underway for more than a decade in the Historical Center Area. This property was the site of a dilapidated CCSD Administrative office that was demolished in 2003 with funding from State Parks.
In 2008, the CCSD repaired the drainage pipes and the County repaved the sidewalk, making it ADA accessible.
A drought-resistant demonstration garden and gazebo are planned for the future. If you would like to contribute to the garden effort or other amenities for the park, please contact the CCSD administration office.
Cambria's Dog Park draws a steady stream of locals and visitors to the area. Located at the end of Rodeo Grounds Road in Cambria, dogs of all sizes have an opportunity to play with other dogs and get plenty of exercise and fresh air. The property is owned by the Cambria Community Services District but maintained by a private citizens group. Water is available and there is a shady area for owners to socialize while keeping an eye on their playful canines.
The Cambria Monterey Pine forest is one of only three native stands left in Coastal California. A number of factors threaten the survival and health of these valuable forests including disease, pests, fire suppression, development, and aging. To address these issues and provide long-term solutions, preparation of a Forest Management Plan was initiated in May of 2000 by the Cambria Forest Committee, an advisory committee to the CCSD.
Grant funding totaling $100,000 was obtained from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The consultant firm of Jones & Stokes was retained to develop the plan in conjunction with the community. A final Forest Management Plan was completed in 2002.
For information on habitat protection and wildland fire prevention click on the Cambria Forest Committee's "County and State Codes Related to Habitat Protection and Wildland Fire Protection in Cambria."