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Paula Fitzgerald

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Dickens Farm Park

aka - St Vrain Greenway Phase 11 (Pavlakis District Park)

Public Meetings

Park Naming

Public Meeting Summary

Project Information

Final Master Plan

Project NEWS

This project has been deferred due to the September 2013 flood. A master plan revision will be needed (not yet scheduled) due to the flood impacts on the site. Check here for updates on that process.

Funding for Dickens Farm Park design and construction has been reallocated to St Vrain Greenway trail flood repair. Project funding will be restored at a date as yet to be determined. For information on the flood repair projects, link here

Project Background

This project is on a 52 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.

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.

Project Background:

Park Naming

The name Dickens Farm Park was adopted by Council at their July 9, 2013 meeting. Dickens was the original homesteader for the property and was a founding father to Longmont.

Public Meetings

All public meetings are now complete. The park Master Plan was adopted at the July 9, 2013 City Council meeting.

Public Meeting Summary

Minutes from all public meetings for the project are found here - the presentations noted as attached are not included.

Project Information

Environmental

St Vrain is unique from other nearby creeks such as the Cache la Poudre, Big Thompson and Boulder Creek. Although they all are transitional streams (from mountain to plains) they are now very different in terms of fish that inhabit the creeks. While these other creeks may have 3 to 5 'generalist' native fish species (fathead minnow, creek chub, white sucker, johnny darter, longnose dace), the St Vrain within Longmont has 21 different fish with 13 of them being native species. The “transition zone” of a river has cooler temperatures than the downstream “warm water zone” (i.e. the plains), yet is warmer than in the upstream mountainous areas. The stream channel in the transition zone generally features a meandering channel and has a relatively flatter grade. Sampling was done by the Colorado Division of Wildlife from 2006 - 2010 in 36 different locations on the St Vrain creek. This sampling found the variety and type of fish noted above including the following species that are protected by the State of Colorado:

A sampling survey was again done in 2012 with 1 Iowa Darter found downstream of Longmont, 26 Stonecats found just downstream of the Bonus Ditch diversion (on the project site), and 5 Common Shiners found upstream of the Bonus Ditch diversion. The Iowa Darter and Common Shiners have low detection probably in this type of sampling, so more may exist.

These small native fish travel up and down streams at 64 cm/sec. which is fast enough to navigate swift water velocities that are typical of our Front Range streams. However, higher velocity's often used to create Whitewater Park features create a barrier for these fish to move along the stream but would allow for predator fish movement (brown trout & large mouth bass) into the area. Also the pool / drop configuration typical of whitewater parks may attract predator fish to the pools, which then eat these smaller fish. These are concerns expressed by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists.

 

Final Master Plan

This final master plan was approved at the July 9, 2013 City Council meeting. Highlights of the plan include:

Final Approved Master Plan

Final Master Plan

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