Dickens Farm Park
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.
A master plan for Dickens Farm park was adopted by City Council in July 2013. The flooding that occurred in September 2013 altered the site making a master plan update necessary. That design process is currently underway.
- Master Plan Update Open House - Thursday July 10, 2014 - 6 - 8 pm at Sunset Campus (7 South Sunset Street, Longmont). Due to flooding impacts to the Sunset Street bridge, Sunset Campus must be accessed from 3rd Avenue.
Link to PDF of Meeting Invitation
- Confluent Designs has been retained to continue design work on this project. They did the original master plan design.
||Master Plan Update underway
This project is primarily funded by the City's Conservation Trust Funds (Colorado Lottery). Funding for Dickens Farm Park construction has been reallocated to St. Vrain Greenway trail flood repair. Project construction funding will be restored at a date as yet to be determined. For information on the flood repair projects, link here
Plans & Reports
Final Approved Master Plan
- Master Plan Description:
- A centrally located parking lot with access from Martin Street.
- Additional trails to new program areas, and for recreation
- The River Park around the Bonus ditch dam with slower-moving water.
- Spectator areas for the River Park
- A restroom with changing room (for River park users)
- A bike skills trail for novices and beginners on easy rolling terrain and built with various trail materials
- A nature play discovery trail with a play area that provides ADA access to play opportunities
- A medium-sized shelter
- Historical and environmental interpretation areas (information on: Dickens family, pond ecology, & native fish).
- Most of the park will be planted in native grasses.
- Boating is allowed in the East Pond, but West Pond is designated as a native fish refuge. Ponds will not be stocked with sport fish, and fishing will not be permitted.
- Habitat areas for more environmental diversity.
Project Background Information
- This site (Pavlakis Open Space) 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;
- Shared parking and restroom facilities with the adjacent Fire Training Center is no possible because of the Boston Avenue roadway.
- 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.
The St. Vrain Creek is unique from other nearby creeks. Although they all are transitional streams (from mountain to plains) they are now very different in terms of fish that inhabit the creeks. The St. Vrain Creek within Longmont has 21 different fish with 13 of them being native species. "Transition zone” rivers have cooler temperatures than in the downstream plains area, 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.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has done fish sampling in Longmont's creek. This sampling found the following species that are protected by the State of Colorado:
- Iowa Darter - State listed Species of Concern
- Stonecat - State listed Species of Concern.
- Common Shiner - State listed Threatened Species.
Project Manager: Paula Fitzgerald - 303-651-8448 - 7 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80504
Project Location: 361 Martin Street (north of the St. Vrain Creek between Main and Martin Streets)
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