Security fencing going in around Seccombe Lake Park in San Bernardino – San Bernardino Sun

Permanent security fencing is being installed around Seccombe Lake Park in downtown San Bernardino to protect the open 44 acres from late-night vandals and overnight visitors.

Approved by the City Council in September, the $2.4 million project also included fencing off nearby Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, which was completed this month.

Riverside-based Econo Fence is expected to install about 11,000 linear feet of 7-foot high security fence between the two sites.

Adequate access through proper gates will be provided.

Decorative pillars have been added, in addition to previously planned fence posts.

Councilman Theodore Sanchez, whose 1st Ward includes Seccombe Lake Park, said Thursday, March 24, he and city staffers have walked the park multiple times this week to ensure the fencing “is integrated well with the trees and iconic corners and sides of the park so it doesn’t look like one huge fence barricading the park.”

“It’s not going to look like a fortress,” he said. “It still will be welcoming with plenty of access points. (Adding fencing) is essential to bring back the park.”

Revenue generated by Measure S, the 1% sales tax initiative voters approved in November, is funding the work.

Installation is expected to conclude in May.

San Bernardino leaders recently agreed to spend $9 million in American Rescue Plan funding on Seccombe Lake Park to add a walking and biking trail, new turf, drought-tolerant landscaping, new playgrounds, a new picnic area with barbeque amenities, new restrooms and other upgrades.

“I’m happy to say the park looks really, really, really good already,” Sanchez said, “and that’s before we’re investing the millions of dollars set aside for it already.”

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