Cappy Ricks Park Plan Rendering Cappy Ricks Monument
Dedicated to the memory of a former Martinez mayor and city council member, Cappy Ricks Park is 1.2 acres and surrounded by Craftsmen style bungalow homes near downtown Martinez. Existing improvements to the park include a restroom, full basketball court, two tennis courts and practice wall with new sport court lighting, small play area with climbing structure, small picnic area, and a monument. The monument plaque tells the story of the Christian Brothers Winery and how from 1879 to 1932, a 70 acre parcel of land – including this park land – was owned by the Christian Brothers Religious Teaching Order. The monument currently sits directly adjacent to a utility pole in the park.

Our park improvements include a redesign of the play area, tennis courts and picnic areas for ADA accessibility. The dated restroom is being replaced with a unit that will also include a service room for the relocated electrical service panel and irrigation controller. The existing court lighting will be replaced with state-of-the-art units to minimize light pollution and the tennis practice wall will be rebuilt. The Christian Brothers monument will be relocated away from the utility pole near a new paved access to the park; a trellis structure supporting California native grape vines will serve as a backdrop. New electrical service conduit, wiring, pull boxes and 385’ of curb and gutter were included in our improvement plans. Stakeholders included neighbors sharing a common fence with the park. We provided specifications and a cost estimate to the City for bid purposes. Construction estimate for the park including tennis courts: $728,402. Construction began in June, 2013.