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Communication with Orchard Park and Solano Park Residents

Communications with Parks Residents

Student Housing began notifying residents of Orchard and Solano Park about the closure and future of The Parks in 2009. Multiple methods have been used to get the information out to the community. The following information is a summary of the communication that has taken place over the past five years.

Mailed Letters and Email Correspondence

Mailed letters and email correspondence has been one of the most common communications to the residents of the Parks community. Below is a list of information regarding the closure since 2009:

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Community Newsletter

The Parks Messenger is a monthly newsletter published every month with information regarding community, campus, and academic news, lists upcoming events, and features articles on a variety of topics. Student Housing has used the Parks Messenger to help disseminate information to the community regarding the closure of the Parks. Copies of the Parks Messenger can be found on the Student Housing website here: http://housing.ucdavis.edu/current/park_messenger.asp. Below is a list highlighting the information that has been included in the newsletter:

Student Housing Website

Student Housing has also used the housing website to communicate information and store documents related to living at The Parks and the closure. Below is a list of notable changes:

  • January 2012: (This) webpage, "Important Information for Orchard Park and Solano Park Residents", added to Student Housing website regarding important information for Parks residents.
  • February 22, 2012: New Transfer Application posted on website noting that transfers can occur any time of year.
  • May 9, 2013: New Parks Application posted to website; no longer accepting applications for Orchard Park and information included about Solano Park closing in July 2016.
  • January 13, 2014: Parks Closure Resources were posted to the website with moving and housing services.
  • February 25, 2014: Revise (this) webpage, "Important Information for Orchard Park and Solano Park Residents", to more clearly present and summarize all communication with Parks residents, renamed "Communication with Orchard Park and Solano Park Residents".

Open Forums

Open forum meetings have offered for Parks residents for many year to discuss rent increases and changes to the lease. Starting in 2012, Open forum/Town Hall meetings also became a method of answering questions regarding the closure of The Parks and provide information about the redevelopment process for Orchard Park. Below is a list of meetings that have taken place:

  • April 11, 2012 @ 5pm: Orchard Park Open Meeting hosted by Associate Vice Chancellor Emily Galindo at the Orchard Park Community Center to discuss the closure of Orchard and Solano Park.
  • February 13, 2013 @ 5pm: Graduate Student Family Focus Group meeting hosted by The Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Advisory Board. Ramona Hernandez was in attendance to discuss any concerns from graduate students regarding.
  • April 4, 2013 @ 5pm: Orchard Park Open Meeting hosted by Associate Vice Chancellor Emily Galindo at the Orchard Park Community Center to discuss rental rates and questions regarding the closure of Orchard and Solano Park.
  • January 11, 2014 @ 10am: Student Family and Graduate Housing Town Hall meeting hosted by Student Housing Director of Business Services, Ramona Hernandez. Information was shared regarding the process for selecting a developer for the Orchard Park redevelopment. Additionally staff was available to answer questions students had regarding housing.
  • January 25, 2014 @ 11am: University Student Living (USL) Informational Meeting. USL presented information on the redevelopment of Orchard Park and solicited feedback from students in attendance.

Surveys

Student Housing has also conducted a number of surveys of our graduate and student family population. The information collected has been used to help make decisions regarding housing offered on campus. Below is a list of surveys Student Housing has put together or assisted in collecting:

  • January 2012: Graduate Student Apartment Survey - Collected information regarding amenities and housing costs graduate students want. 355 Respondents.
  • October 2012: UC Davis Student Housing: Graduate Student and Family Housing – Collected information about income and rent paid. 1255 Respondents.
  • September 2013: Family and Graduate Student Housing Survey – Collected information regarding amenities and housing costs student families and graduate students look for. 77 Respondents.
  • January 2014: Danter Student Family and Graduate Student Housing Survey – Still in progress.