San Carlos will hold meetings today and Thursday to seek public feedback on its proposed $1.1 million upgrade to Burton Park, which would include a new covered stage and bocce ball courts.

Considered the city's central park, Burton Park received an $860,000 makeover in 2008 complete with renovated playgrounds and a new water spray feature. The cost for that phase was essentially split between the city and the Parks and Recreation Foundation of San Carlos, which contributed $446,000.

The city will provide most of the funding for this phase, said Assistant City Manager Brian Moura. That amounts to $850,000, with $150,000 coming from fees that developers pay for parks when building homes in San Carlos and the rest from the city's capital improvement fund. The foundation is expected to pitch in about $200,000 to $300,000, he said.

On Monday, Burton Park was filled with parents watching their children play and adults chatting, walking and otherwise amusing themselves.

San Carlos resident Aaron Lipinski, who was juggling with friend Westley Foss of San Jose, said Burton is a regular hangout, a "nice park."

He said the idea of putting a permanent stage at the park sounds good, but he's not as keen on bocce ball courts.

"It's sort of a niche sport," Lipinski said.

The bocce courts would replace the park's handball court.

Resident Lisa Moorhead said her 5-year-old daughter is already a backyard bocce ball player and would be excited to use a city court.

Moorhead and her friend Tanya Lazzaroni said they were excited by the prospect of more improvements.

"The park is now so beautiful," Lazzaroni said, adding that a permanent stage would be an appropriate centerpiece.

Moorhead said she hopes the stage would offer better viewing for the city's popular summer concerts, which can draw as many as 1,500 people. The current set-up used for the music events "is not really a stage," she said.

To raise funds for the park improvements, the foundation is selling naming rights, from $250,000 to name the stage to $500 for a tree.

The park's basketball courts also will be resurfaced and the hoops given new backboards, according to the city's plans.

Both today's and Thursday's public meetings on the proposed Burton Park improvements begin at 7 p.m. in the second-floor community room of the San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St.

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