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A new park for Los Osos, really? 

Well, it’s not a sewer, but it’s a capital project that Los Ososans might agree on. San Luis Obispo County Parks has expressed interest in purchasing the 11-acre Tri-W site in Los Osos, which could turn the focal point of the sewer debate into a much needed, and desired, county park. “This has nothing to do with the sewer,� says County Parks manager Pete Jenny. “I’m just trying to look into a plan to build a park. There’s no agenda other than to add park space.�

click to enlarge FUTURE SWIMMING POOL?:  Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, a new Los Osos park could ascend from the post-sewer rubble now known as the Tri-W site, but don’t get too excited — the plans are still embryonic. - PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER GARDNER
  • Photo by Christopher Gardner
  • FUTURE SWIMMING POOL?: Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, a new Los Osos park could ascend from the post-sewer rubble now known as the Tri-W site, but don’t get too excited — the plans are still embryonic.
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 Los Osos currently has just one six-acre park. Compared to other unincorporated communities in the county, that’s very low. Los Osos also boasts the largest population of any unincorporated community, making adding parklands a huge priority for County Parks. “The gold standard,� says Jenny,� is six acres [of park space] per thousand people. Los Osos has less than half an acre [of park space] per thousand.�

 According to Jenny, County Parks has identified the need for a swimming pool and soccer fields in Los Osos, both of which could probably be accommodated on the site. But the deal is far from done. Jenny admits he doesn’t know the cost of the land, doesn’t know where the funding would come from, and hasn’t approached the County Board of Supervisors about acquiring the land. So far, County Parks has notified the Los Osos CSD that they are interested in purchasing the property. Under state law, certain public agencies are given priority in the sale of surplus public lands.

 “My job is just looking for space,� says Jenny. “If it’s going to be sold off, we want to get in line.�

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