For Immediate Release May 3, 2012
Staff Contact: Paula Fitzgerald, Parks and Open Space Parks Manager,
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Park Project Needs Your Input
MAY 3, 2012 - The Pavlakis District Park Master Plan update needs your input! Two more public meetings are scheduled to discuss the Master Plan and park amenities. They are scheduled for Wednesday May 30, 2012 and Thursday June 14, 2012, 6 to 8 pm at the Parks, Open Space & Public Facilities Building located at 7 South Sunset Street (across from Izaak Walton Park). The May 30 meeting will include review of several conceptual designs and a public preference survey. The June meeting will include a review of the draft Master Plan. Please come to voice your opinion on this project!
This project is on a 58 acre site is located between Main and Martin Streets and along the St. Vrain Creek. It will become Longmont's next District Park and trailhead to the St. Vrain Greenway trail system. Design is underway in 2012 with construction starting in late 2012 and concluding in 2013.
What is a District Park?
A District Park is a park type that is focused on special and unique features of the site. Typical amenities include fishing, boating, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Examples of other Longmont District Parks include Golden Ponds, Izaak Walton Pond, Union Reservoir, Rogers Grove, McIntosh Lake and Jim Hamm Pond.
Pavlakis District Park Background:
The Pavlakis site was originally master planned in 2001 as part of the St Vrain Greenway Master Plan, East Corridor Update. The site was identified for trailhead and passive park purposes and also included a proposed Whitewater Park.
- An RICD (Recreational In Channel Diversion) was obtained by the City in 2004 to retain water in the creek for this boating amenity.
- Site condition changes since the time of the original master plan include: Boston Avenue is now planned to cross the property's north end; dog parks are no longer considered compatible within this District Park setting; and shared parking and restroom facilities with the adjacent Fire Training Center is no possible because of the Boston Avenue roadway.
The park has now also begun its formal park naming process. A City Ordinance provides the process and criteria for naming. Name suggestions will be compiled, presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board who then make a recommendation to City Council. Suggestions will be taken until June 30, 2012.
In brief, the Ordinance states Parks shall be named for a natural landmark, natural feature, or habitat in the vicinity of the park, or after a person or family who meet the following criteria:
- Has displayed outstanding long-term civic commitment
- Contributed service to the community above and beyond the normal
- Made noteworthy contributions to the development of Longmont parks and recreation
- Is worthy of public commemoration
- Has performed acts of national significance
- Homesteaded or was owner of the park property
- Has contributed significant funds for the park or local parks and recreation efforts
Name suggestions or park questions or comments may be sent to Paula Fitzgerald at the following email: email@example.com