News & Updates: Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan Project
April 12, 2013
Draft Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan Available for Public Review! Please visit the Park Master Plan Main Site to download and review the draft plan. Public comments are welcome through the end of May, 2013. Thank you for your interest and participation in the development and vision of this plan!
January 18, 2013
Progress. Currently Phase 1 of the Public Involvement and Phase 2, Inventory & Needs Analysis have been completed by the planning team. During these phases, input was reviewed and summarized from over 1,300 participants from all areas of the City and representing a diversity of age and ethnicity in the community. The summaries are found below the December 17, 2012 update.
What's Next? Making Choices: what are your priorities for the park, recreation and trails system?
In order to progress to Phase 3, Preliminary Plan Development, the planning team will host a community workshop that will center on a prioritization game that illustrates the trade-offs that the community will need to address. Additional information about the workshop can be found here.
December 17, 2012
Findings & Analysis. After completing the first phase of public input, as well as a full inventory and condition assessment of existing parks & recreation facilities in Longmont, the project team presented initial findings and analysis to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board on December 10, 2012 and City Council on December 11, 2012. Links to the power point presentation and supporting documents are below. Some highlights from the public input that will help guide the Master Plan include:
- Frequent visitors with high expectations. Park users visit their local parks frequently, make extensive use of the facilities, and rate the quality of facilities with a sharp eye.
- Walking, running, and biking as key recreation activities. Participants clearly see the recreation value of trails and want them to serve as a way to get to destinations and as an experience in and of themselves.
- Strong interest in "destination" parks and facilities. Add parks that provide opportunity for varied, high quality experiences and that present a unique identity.
- Active community supporting a wide range of activities. There are many things that people want to do in parks, both expansions and new additions.
- Need to renew and maintain the system. There is a strong concern about balancing new additions with maintenance and renewal of the entire system.
Power Point Presentation
Public Involvement Summary (brief summary)
Public Involvement Activity Summary (detailed summary of all public outreach activities - includes questionnaire results!)
Access Analysis Methodology (overview of how the system will be analyzed)
Demographic Overlay Methodology (overview of the demographic overlays that will be applied in the needs analysis)
October 31, 2012
The first phase of public input ends October 31st, 2012 with the close of the online questionnaire. Further analysis of the input is being done and results of the questionnaire will be posted soon. From the input received to date, several strong themes are emerging:
- The vast majority of participants feel that the parks, recreation and trails system is "extremely important" to Longmont's quality of life.
- Health and wellness for the entire community and positive activities for youth are important objectives for the park system.
- There is support for Longmont's trails efforts, and respondents place a high priority on connecting the trail system and providing opportunities for walking, running and biking.
- There is a strong interest in developing new parks and major facilities (such as pools), along with a concern about maintaining existing assets.
- Schedule, price and the availability of facilities appear to be the most important decision factors affecting the use of parks, and registration in classes and programs.
- Preliminary questionnaire results (the only place this question was asked directly) indicate that respondents may be willing to pay more than to accept less in the way of parks and facilities.
October 11, 2012
We have questions; you know the answers! Fill out the on-line questionnaire today! If you only have time to do one thing to help the City plan for the future of the park system, take 10 minutes and fill out the online questionnaire. If you have time to do two things, share this link with your social networks to help us gather as many great ideas and as much knowledge as we can.
What are we hearing? After completing 8 focus groups, 2 intercept events (event booths), and a community visioning workshop in September, the project team has the following summaries to share:
Invite the Parks Plan to your Community Group Meeting! The project team is actively scheduling presentations to established groups at their regular meetings to help spread the word about the plan and cast a wider net for ideas. If you know someone who you think should be included in these discussions or are a member of a group that would like to get involved, please contact Kathy Kron.
September 4, 2012
Check out the Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan article in the September/October edition of Longmont Life: http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/longmontlife/documents/LLife0912.pdf
Festival on Main
Nearly 200 people provided their ideas and asked questions of the planning team at the project booth at Festival on Main on August 24th. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth.
The following are winners of the drawing to win Portraits of Longmont Parks, Beauty in the Details by Luc Nadeau and Sandstone Seasons by Steve Mullins (copies are being sent to winners in the mail):
Longmont Parks: Sandstone Seasons:
Karen Dauer Jessandra Cordova
Juan Brenda Cook
Luke Welty Jackie Hansen
Nono Ncube Deborah Coccoli
Diane Pappas Rick Dauer
Please visit our next booth at ArtWalk Longmont, September 21, 2012.
August 3, 2012
City and consulting team get started on Longmont's Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan
The project team is off to a quick start after a consulting team was selected at the end of June. Lauren Schmitt and Ryan Mottau, of the lead consulting firm MIG, attended the July Parks & Recreation Advisory Board meeting and did an initial tour of the city and park system to familiarize themselves with the community.
Get Involved! The Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan is targeting broad community input
One of the first steps in the planning process is detailing the public involvement that will be needed to establish a vision for the park system. The planning process is on an aggressive timeline and will need to be able to adapt quickly to the opportunities to reach Longmont's different communities during the initial outreach this fall. Tools will include one-on-one and small group meetings as well as attending community events and popular destinations to talk with residents. Larger interactive community workshops and online engagement will also be included, with the first major workshop scheduled
for September 18th at 6pm. See the Project Calendar for more information. All public outreach will be designed to support decision making for this and future related planning efforts.
Park Master Plan is the online home of information about the Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan.
Please drop by often to keep track of the latest information about the planning process.