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Bahia Mini Parks Project

Updated on 06/26/2017 4:02 PM

From the groundbreaking ceremony to the final stages of completion.

Bahia Mini Parks Improvements

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Bahia Mini Parks Project Update 11/30/17 


The following improvements are currently being made to “Night Heron Park” along Topaz Dr. at Malobar Dr. as a part of the Bahia Mini Parks Improvement project: lawn renovation, irrigation for the new lawn, stub out for future irrigation valves for other areas in the park, and installation of a crushed granite pathway around the park.  The City will add a crushed granite pad and picnic tables near the back of the park as well as two new benches. 


We anticipate this project will be complete in 3-5 weeks, weather permitting.


11/22/17: The new replacement contractor that will be finishing work on the Bahia Mini Parks project is McNabb Construction. McNabb Construction will resume work on this project on Monday, November 27. The contractor visited the site on Monday, November 20 and performed some clean up in preparation for work to begin the following Monday. The contractor is going to focus on completing the smaller park first (Night Heron Park), and will then move to the larger park (Bahia Oak Park) to complete unfinished work, repair/fix the irrigation system and replace dead plants and grass. This project should take 4 - 6 weeks to complete.  


Public Works Engineering staff met with Bahia residents on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00pm to provide additional information about this project's delays and the anticipated completion schedule. Click here for a synopsis of that meeting.


10/23/17: The City of Novato has terminated its original Bahia Mini Parks construction contract due to the contractor’s failure to perform. The City has executed a new agreement with the bonding agency and a replacement contractor will be completing the work at both parks. The new contractor will resume work on the project in late November 2017, and expects the remaining work and repairs to take approximately 4 weeks to complete.
Please feel free to contact Manijeh Larizadeh, Project Engineer at or (415) 899-8907 with any questions or concerns.
We apologize for the delays and thank you for your understanding and patience.


8/31/17: This project has experienced several delays since work began 9/16. The City appreciates your patience as we’ve continued to work through several issues with our contractor, Breneman, Inc. This July, the City filed a claim against Breneman, Inc. with their bonding company, American Contractors Indemnity Company (ACIC), for breach of contract, performance failures and excessive delays. Breneman, Inc. has since notified the City that they are going out of business. ACIC has stepped in to fulfill their performance bond obligations to complete the work on the Bahia Mini Parks project. At this point, the City’s claim has been validated by ACIC, the remaining scope of work has been documented, a replacement contractor has been identified and a legal agreement has been drafted for the new contractor to repair substandard work and complete what Breneman, Inc. started at no additional cost to the City. 


We expect the work on the Bahia Mini Parks project to resume in early October and should take 3-4 weeks to complete. Work will include completion of “Park B” across from Malobar Dr. including soil amendment, new sod turf, new irrigation systems, and new crushed granite path. Work will also include completion of unfinished or substandard work at “Park C” across from Andale Ave., such as diagnostic testing and repairs to the new irrigation system, replacement of dead plants, placement of site amenities like bike racks and picnic tables and completion of the crushed granite strip between the sidewalk and Topaz Dr.


The City has also received several calls and emails from residents stating concerns about drivers speeding along Topaz Dr. and requesting striped/signed crosswalks near the new parks. The Novato Police Department has been notified and have increased enforcement in the area, and Engineering staff are looking in to the possibility of adding a crosswalk across Topaz Dr. at Andale Ave. We kindly ask that Bahia residents remind their visitors and contractors to obey the speed limit and be cautious when driving through the neighborhood—particularly near the new playground at “Park C.”  


We apologize for the significant delay in the completion of this project and are taking every measure to expedite the performance bond takeover process so that the work can be finalized as soon as possible.  Please feel free to contact project engineer, Ms. Manijeh Larizadeh, at or 415.899.8907 with any questions, comments or concerns. 


Thank you again for your patience.


7/18/17: The Bahia Oak Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, July 22, has been postponed until further notice. There have been delays in completion of some areas of the overall park improvement project, and the City is working to resolve and complete them as soon as possible. In the meantime, please continue to enjoy the playground, walking/biking path and other new park amenities.  We appreciate your patience and will keep you updated.


6/26/17 Update:
Although the contractor still has some finishing touches to complete at Bahia Oak Park, we will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, July 22 at 10:00am. Mayor Athas and other city officials will be speaking, as well as representatives from the Bahia HOA and the Bahia Parks Subcommittee. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us to celebrate Novato's newest community park!


5/26/17 Update: 

Bahia Mini Park C, now known as Bahia Oak Park, is now open! However, the new sod is still getting established so we ask that people stay off the lawn while signs and cones are up. Also, please note that the new landscaping is still fragile - so please take precautions with new plants and shrubs and only use walkways. We hope you enjoy this new community park!  


5/18/17 Update: 
All major construction for the Bahia Park project is complete and the new playground equipment has been installed. Our contractor is currently finishing up all the planting, landscaping and laying down new sod. We anticipate this project being completed by the end of next week, right before Memorial Day weekend.


5/1/17 Update:

Park construction is well under way and getting closer to completion, after a lengthy weather-related delay. Staff anticipate construction being complete in the next few weeks, and the landscaping component of this project will begin.  


Prior to the start of landscape work at Bahia Mini Park C, the City has been working with PG&E to determine locations for new trees to be planted. Due to safety concerns with underground utilities located at Park C, trees cannot be planted in the locations originally planned. The City has evaluated other plant and ground cover options for the planting area between the street and sidewalk, and has determined that a crushed granite surface would be best for this location. Additionally, the City intends to plant two new Crepe Myrtle trees at the park entrance.

Project Overview

Bahia Mini Parks Improvements (CIP 15-004)


This project entails renovating and improving two mini parks located on Topaz Drive. Improvements include: clearing the existing sites, landscape grading, construction pathways, wood chips, refurbished lawn, new landscape plantings, benches, pet waste dispensers, bicycle racks, picnic benches, chain link fencing and gates, irrigation and other amenities necessary for a complete renovation. Project also includes new playground equipment at the larger of the two parks.


Both parks are located on Topaz Drive. Park B is across from Malobar Drive and Park C is across from Andale Avenue.

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These two mini parks will be a gathering place for kids, families and individuals in the Bahia neighborhood. They will be a place to run and play outdoors, which supports the City's Healthy Eating Active Living initiative. The renovation will provide a quiet place to enjoy the outdoors and an active place for kids and the community to connect.


Construction began in October 2016. Originally scheduled to open in late February 2017, heavy rains have delayed work. Once work begins, and pending drier weather conditions, construction will take approximately four to six weeks to complete.



Contact Information

Project Manager
Manijeh Larizadeh, Assistant Engineer
Public Works Department

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