The Cambrian

Fiscalini East Ranch park plan goes back before Cambria parks commission

Note: This article has been updated to correct the start time of the meeting.

Plans for a community park on the 70-acre East Ranch portion of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve are up for discussion Tuesday, Dec. 3.

David Foote of Firma Consultants in San Luis Obispo is expected to give the presentation of a proposal for landscaping and architectural services to the Cambria Parks, Recreation and Open Space commission at its regular monthly meeting.

The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.

The 439-acre ranch preserve is owned and managed by the Cambria Community Services District. The preserve is overseen by Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch. The nonprofit group holds a conservation easement over the hilly, forested ranchland.

District directors unanimously approved the preserve’s environmental impact report and master development plan in November 2009. (Find it online through the “Parks & Rec” link at

According to the revised community park plan posted there, the 26.5-acre area west of the end of Rodeo Grounds Road would include 11.63 acres of developed active and passive recreational areas, 1.38 acres of infrastructure and CCSD facilities, and 13.49 acres of native landscape, existing enhanced native landscape, and existing native pine and riparian woodland, including Santa Rosa Creek.

Services district General Manager Jerry Gruber said in an email Wednesday, Nov. 20, that among county requirements during the park plan’s approval process was making sure “that whatever changes and or improvements that are being considered for the Fiscalini Ranch involved community input. I want to honor and be respectful of that condition” by keeping the community informed.

Several park plan iterations have been presented to the community during the planning process so far, some of which triggered strong differences of opinion. The final redesign eliminated some of those items, such as night lighting, a community center, hard courts and bleachers.

Others were reduced, such as parking and formal playfields for specific sports.