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4 - Items from the Directors PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT ~ January 8, 2001 MEMORANDUM To: Members of the Pazks and Recrearion Advisory Boazd From: Chns Dropu~ski, Director Re: Items from the Duector Mesa Memorial Baptist Church Site Progress is bemg made on the acqmsrtion of the Mesa Memorial Baprist Church site (Yale and Table Mesa Dnve) as we now have an extended contract signed by the church. The contract for this 1.73 acre site was approved by the Parks and Recrearion Advisory Board Februazy 22, 1999 Due to a problem the church had with clear htle to the site the origmal contract expired. A recent letter from the church informs staff that the problem has been resolved and we aze m a ~ posihon to move forwazd. Staff will go to the Planiung Boazd m February for a non bmdmg recommendahon to City Council and then on to City Council for final approval to purchase the site. Tom Watson Park Playground Refurbishment The mtent of tlus item is to inform the Board of the pro~ect, its scope and process for renovahon The Board approved a budget of $200,000 for playground refurbishment, as part of the 1999 Capital Improvements Project (CIP). The park is located m the Gunbarrel Subcommunity of northeast Boulder ad~acent to the IBM Property at North 63"~ Street and IBM Pazk Road Tlus renovahon is part of the ongomg effort by the city to bnng older playgrounds up to current narional safety standazds and accessibihty requirements There ts no city residenrial development withm the one-half mile sernce radms of the site, however it is used by IBM and as a deshnahon park for city and other residents who dnve to the pazk site. The enhre park site is appro~xnately 31 acres. There aze four softball-baseball fields, four teiuus courts, one basketball court, restrooms, showers, covered shelter, approximately 100 car pazkmg lot, and a trail head access for Coot Lake. The e7ushng play azea to be renovated is approximately 15,000 square feet or about one-tlurd of an aere Currently, staff is considenng reducing the play ground area by about 50 per cent. Most neighborhood pazk playgrounds aze between 4,000 and .. ~, 6,000 squaze feet. The current playground is compnsed of a sand safety surface with play f elements surrounded by a concrete border The type of play elements being considered for Tom Watson Pazk aze sumlaz to the equipment recently used at Greenleaf and Beach Pazk. The rematmng portion of the current sand play ground will still be available to accommodate the lazge corporate or farmly gathenngs that often tunes bung their portable/temporary play elements such as "fun castles" (inflated air~umpmg surfaces) Staff intends to proceed with public meetings m February or Mazch and return to the Board in Mazch or Apnl with the findings and a conceptual plan. Upon Board review and approval of a concept plan, staff will complete the design development and contract to have the play azea renovated. This protect is anticipated to be completed by fa112001 Additional Land at Eben Fine Park Attached is a City Council Agenda Item that outlines a request from the Public Works Department to acquire a 20 umt apartment building and site, located adjacent to the east side of Eben Fine Pazk neaz 3"" and Arapahoe. The bmldmg is being purchased by Public Works/Flood Utilities because rt is m the High Hazazd Zone of Boulder Creek. City Council approved the '"-, purchase at their December 19, 2000 meeting and closing is scheduled for August of 2001 ~.- Sometime after that, Public Works will remove the bmlding, clean up and seed the 2/3 acre site While the property will remain the Flood Utilities, Pazks and Recreation will be responsible for its management and probable eventual development as part of Eben Fme Pazk. There aze currently no funds identified to develop the new site If there is interest to do so an improvement project will be added into the CIP considerations for some tame in the future Attachment: copy of City Council Agenda Item for December 19, 2000 Skatepark Wrap-Up Report _ ~ ~, ~ Q _ ~ ~ `~ C -, ^ I~ See attached memo ~ \ ~ ~~ /~ ` ~ , o o QIb,~/ ~'+, 2 V--- ,- CITY OF BOULDER CTI'Y COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM MEETING DATE: December 19.2000 (Agenda Item Preparation Date November 27, 2000) ~.. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a motion to approve the acquisition and removal of the apartment building located at 299 Arapaho, which is located on the east end of Eben Fine Pazk. REQUESTING DEPARTMENT: City Manager's Office Ron Secrist, City Manager Public Works Department Ned Williams, Director of Public Works for Utilities Open Space and Real Estate Department John D'Amico, Property A ent FISCAL IlVIPACT: The total project cost is approximately $2,000,000 PURPOSE: This item presents to the City Council a review of the floodplain situation and flood kugh hazard level for the apartment building (Park Creek Apartments) at 299 Arapaho This apartment buildmg is located on the north side of Arapaho, abutting the east end of Eben Fine Pazk and along the south bank of Boulder Creek. The Water Resources Advisory Boazd and staff recommendation is to purchase and demolish the building. BACKGROUND: The apartment complex is a 20 unit, two-story, standard wood frame building The property lot size is approximately two-thirds acre, and the building footprint (first floor size) is approximately 6,000 squaze feet There is no frontage on any public right-of--way (access is provided from the Eben Fine Pazk entry drive) The property is a Boulder County enclave and has no city zoning or ctty utilities The building has a groundwater well and septic sewer system The first floor (lower level) elevation is estimated to be 5,402 feet. The 100-year flood plain elevations for this structure range from 5,403 5 on the west end to 5,399 7 on the east end. The level of 100-yeaz flood depths inundating this building aze 2.0 feet or less The entire structure is located within the 100-yeaz floodplain and approximately 40 percent-50 percent of the structure would be m the ctty's high hazard zone ANALYSIS: AGENDA ITEM # Paae 1 A report, "High Hazard Zone, Property Acquisition Analysis," was prepared by Love & Associates, Inc. and was completed in February 1997 The report reviewed all structures located ~' in the High Hazard Zone along Boulder Creek and the 13 tributaries, and categorized each .y. structure as to its risk potential. All structures, including private and public, within the ctty limit and outside the city limit, were included The 299 Arapaho building has a final rating of 3 (rating scale is 1-4, with 1 being the highest priority) The 299 Arapaho building is the first structure downstream from the mouth of Boulder Canyon that the 100-year floodwaters will impact If this structure were eliminated, the next downstream structure on Boulder Creek, not counting any of the municipal complex buildings, which is in the High Hazazd Zone is a residence located at 13th and Arapaho (final rating of 2) The highest value in removing the 299 Arapaho building, but which was not a consideration in the report, is that removal of the 299 Arapaho building eliminates all residential buildings in the high hazazd zone immediately downstream from the mouth of Boulder Canyon until 13th and Arapaho Staff has negotiated a "CONTRACT TO BUY AND SELL REAL ESTATE" for tlus property (Attachment) The project has an estimated project cost of $2,000,000, with $1,800,000 for the purchase price and $200,000 for environmental assessment, closing costs, salvage and demolition costs, and revegetation costs It is projected that the Flood Control Fund would pay $1,500,000 and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District would contnbute $500,000 Final closing would happen on August 31, 2001, once all the existing tenant leases expire ,~ The Parks and Recreation Department would be responsible for maintaining the property once the building was removed and the interim native grass revegetation was complete The property could be developed and improved as an expansion of the Eben Fine Pazk property in the future, using Pazks and Recreation funds, when a project was approved and funds were available Currently, a project and funds have not been identified for this purpose within the five-yeaz planning and budget process PUBLIC COMMENT AND PROCESS: A public hearing before the Water Resources Advisory Boazd (WRAB) was held on November 20, 2000 The WRAB discussed the advantages (public safety, debns hazard, willing seller, and Urban Drainage and Flood Control funding) and disadvantages (loss of rental units, lack of Boulder County funding, lack of Pazk development funds) of proceeding with this acquisition, and voted 5-0 to recommend the purchase of the property at 299 Arapaho, conditional upon the Urban Drautage and Flood Comrol Distnct's arnicipated level of funding at approximately 25°l0 ~"\ ... AGENDA ITEM # Paee 2 '°' CITY COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED: ~'~' Consideration of a motion to acquire the property at 299 Arapaho in order to eliminate the flood risk associated with the property, that the building be salvaged for all reasonable reusable and recyclable building materials, and that the building be demolished, after which the site should be revegetated until such time as it can be developed by the Pazks and Recreation Department and incorporated into the Eben Fine Pazk system. Ronald A Secrist City Manager Attachment: "Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate" CC 12-I9-00 ~~ AGENDA ITEM # Paae 3 January 29, 200I (._ MEMORANDUM TO: Pazks and Recreation Advisory Board FROM: Chris Dropinski, Director Ken Ramsey, Superintendent, Pazks Planning and Construction SUBJECT: Improvements to the Ins Center (Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices) The Facilities and Asset Management (FAlv1) office m the City of Boulder is undertaking a project ~ at the Iris Center to install a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, provide energy and secunty improvements to the budding and constmct/improve additional office space m the basement of the building This project began only as an upgrade to the HVAC system, however it grew as a result of secunty issues that have been raised for City buildmgs, and a need to provide office space for Park and Recreation employees displaced from the ranger cottage by the final agreement for the Mountain Pazks/Open Space issue, temporary relocation of some staff from the North Boulder Recreation Center and other demands The need to deal with all of these items as one comprehensive protect has been identified When the City acquired the Ins Center in 1990, remodeled the uptazrs offices and moved Parks and Recreation from the downtown campus in the fall of 1991, it was with the intention of only remaining in the building for 2 or 3 years The current office space does not meet the City standazds Expectations are that the offices will remain at the Iris Center for a rmnunum of 2 years FAM has identified this larger project as a means to address these long standing issues with the building and Park and Recreation Department staff supports it as a high priority (The basement remodel is Phase 1, and in the future the department will need to further consider remodeling the upstairs if occupancy will be longer than 2 years ) The project has been identified as a $375,000 remodel ofwluch $125,000 is for the HVAC system FAM has identified $250,000 m its budget but needs an additional $125,000 from Parks and Recreation to move forward with the project Because of the priority, Pazks and Recreation r^^ staff is suggesting that $125,000 from the $1,200,000 identified for the Mountain Oceans ~... purchase (currently appropriated) be used to complete funding needs for the project As Boazd ~ members aze awaze, the $1,200,000 for Mountain Oceans has been unspent and tamed over from ~ previous yeazs because they have been unable to find another site/building. The $1,200,000 does not represent current expectations regazding how much the purchase of the building might be if and when anagreement/contract to purchase is ironed out Subject to any feedback from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Boazd, staff will proceed to identify $125,000 from the Mountain Oceans project to help fund the Iris Center renovation f'° The new Skatepazk at Scott Carpenter Park, 30m and Arapahoe, opened November 18, 2000. A ~ Skatepazk Advisory Committee (SPAC) was established to discuss concerns and recommend solutions to potential problems. The committee and the City Liaison Office, who worked on the skatepazk project, created rules for the skatepazk. The rules have been communicated to the skating community through SPAC meetings, signs and word of mouth One of the rules addresses graffiti problems in particular: The Boulder Skatepazk may be closed until further notice if: Any liquid other than rain, snow or hail gets into the street course, bowls or drain system; the riding surface or arty part of the facility is damaged; and/or tagging or graffiti is found on the riding surface. The most effective way to remove the graffiti is with a steam cleaner/pressure washer. In order to ensure that any non-natural materials wott't drain into the storm sewer, the drain in the bottom of the concrete bowls needs to be closed. Once the graffiti is removed, the chemicals which collect in the catch basin will be pumped out into a container and properly disposed of. On Thursday morning, January 25, 2001, large amounts of graffiti appeared in one of the concrete bowls. A steam cleaner has been ordered and we expect to start work on the graffiti either Tuesday or Wednesday, weather permitting. The removal process could take as long as two days to complete. It is our intent to involve the skateboarders inasmuch of the clean-up process as possible, including sticker removal and trash clean up while the pazk is closed. Staff and SPAC are hopeful that the kids will take ownership of this park and help to prevent graffiti in the future. ~,°'^ L... For further information, please contact Teri Olander, Recreation Administrator, olandertCc~ci boulder co us. (303)441-3429