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HMDAC is a subcommittee of HPOA that works closely with the City’s landscape maintenance department to take care of landscaped areas that are part of the Hiddenbrooke Maintenance District (HMD). These areas include the Hiddenbrooke Parkway, the waterfall at the entrance, the gazebo and grass area at the Bennington/Parkway intersection (Reflections Park), the Bennington toddler play area (Bennington Park), most monuments at the entrance to individual neighborhoods, the open space, fire breaks, and trails within Hiddenbrooke, and a few other scattered landscape areas around Hiddenbrooke, including the planted area at the entrance to the Orchards, and the Orchards’ walnut grove. The HMD is also responsible for maintaining the St. John’s Mine Rd. utility corridor between Columbus Parkway and Hiddenbrooke. HMD does not maintain landscaped areas within communities with a separate HOA (The Village, Fairway Villas, Reflections, or Summit). See Hiddenbrooke maps for details on the HMD-maintained areas.
The majority of the routine landscaping is carried out by a private company through a multi-year contract with the City of Vallejo, with annual renewals subject to satisfactory performance. The landscape contracts and other work are supervised by the City of Vallejo Landscape Maintenance District (LMD), part of the Public Works Department.
Currently, the Committee is focusing on a major re-landscaping plan for the Hiddenbrooke Parkway, from the waterfall to just beyond the Welcome Center. A conceptual plan has been finalized, and the City will be working on preparing detailed plans for bidding by contractors.
Over the years, the Committee has been the driving force behind many projects in Hiddenbrooke, including the ones listed below:
BUDGET: The HMDAC comments on the HMD budget prepared each year by the City, which typically is in the $700,000 to $800,000 range. The HMD is funded by an assessment on each parcel in Hiddenbrooke which appears on the real estate tax bill and is currently $695 per developed lot. The HMDAC strives to keep expenses and City overhead down to make sure that Hiddenbrooke homeowners are getting the greatest bang for the buck in terms of money spent.
The WELCOME CENTER is a City building and is used by the unarmed security guards hired by HPOA and are on duty 24/7. HPOA has a long-term agreement with the City to hire and manage security guards (currently Allied Universal Security Services) and a volunteer community member (Welcome Center Manager) oversees daily operations. The HMD budget is used tp pay for the security guards as well as for the upkeep and maintenance needed for the Welcome Center building. The Welcome Center is outfitted with digital cameras that can read license plates, and recordings from these cameras have been used by law enforcement to help investigate crimes in Hiddenbrooke. Additionally, the security guards conduct random vehicle patrols throughout the community on each shift. As a reminder, security guards do not have police powers and their main functions are to observe and report. In an emergency, residents should call 911 first and then the Welcome Center (707) 694-1530. The security guards are trained in CPR and until an Ambulance and the Fire Department arrive, will act as good Samaritans (not trained EMTs or Paramedics).
The Hiddenbrooke Park was built by the City of Vallejo and is maintained by the Greater Vallejo Recreational District (GVRD). The Park opened on May 16, 2015. Click here for photos of the park ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A long-planned, major Hiddenbrooke Parkway landscaping project will be launched very soon! The City held a meeting on Jan. 5 with the contractor, McGuire and Hester, and made some decisions about starting the project. You can use this link to access the plan details.
The tentative start date, depending on weather, is January 30, 2023, with the anticipated completion date 120 days from the start of work, per contract terms.
During the project, cones and signs will be used to warn drivers about traffic impact. There may be some single-lane closures during the work.
The project will be done under the authority of the Vallejo Dept. of Public Works and Project Manager, Sam Kumar. It is funded by the Hiddenbrooke Improvement District, a bond fund dedicated solely to improvements in Hiddenbrooke.
The project will replace landscaping along the parkway from McGary Road to Bennington Drive, including the median and behind the existing sidewalk. New planting will fill in bare areas created during the drought. It will include clearing, planting, replacing the 25-year-old irrigation system, and replacing some of the monument signs. Mature trees and much of the existing landscaping will be left intact. The project aims to save water and maintenance costs going forward and to return the Parkway to its former, pre-drought glory.
MAPS Of HIDDENBROOKE:
CONCEPTUAL PARKWAY LANDSCAPING PLAN – (work to begin Jan 30, 2023 weather permitting.)
Please call the LMD Inspector of Vallejo James Olsen at (707) 649-3417 to voice your concerns or report any problems after consulting with the maps posted above. Thank you.
Stop! Don’t Top!
Take care when trimming large street trees! “Topping” ruins street trees which are a signature feature of our community. Click here for more information.
Street trees also need a vertical clearance of 10 ft over sidewalks and 14 ft over the street.