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Handout, Proposed Valmont City Park, Parking lot~~...~,,,,,E- -~, P r~8 ~I~~~al -~-.,.. ~..y ~..~ ~ January 16, 2001 TO: City of Boulder Pazks & Recreation Advisory Board FROM: Interested Citizens, Neighbors, Skiers RE: Proposed Valmont City Park ("VCP") Pazkuig Lot This letter is written to reiterate our opposition to the 32-car pazkmg lot pmposed by the Pazks 8c Recreation Department for the first phase of VCP. This lot, approach roads, and bus turnazound aze proposed at the Hill, south of Valmont Road, west ofAirport Road. Our opposition is based on the following: Tlus pazking lot would level a significant portion of the only natural landform on the Valmont City Park site south of Valmont Road-the "Hill". This special azea should be designated for more passive, compatible recreational uses. T'his is not what the public was shown and was not on the approved concept plan. 2. This first phase of pazk development does not warrant a new pazking lot. None of the new Wonderland Creek Channel, the Wonderland Creek trail, or the small passrve open pazk azea requires any new pazking. The existing and new bike/ped trails (from ~ 3 directions to suttounding neighborhoods and Boulder Greenway System) and transit mutes will help encourage altemative transportation to the site (one of the main reasons the park site was selected). In addition there is e~usting public and private pazking near the site. The proposed new parking lot is expensive. The cost for grading, access roads, tumaround, curb and gutter, paving, landscaping, and connecting trails exceeds $600,000. At a time when the City is saying that there is no money for future pazk development, this is a waste of City funds on a non-park use. A better use of the money would be to help fund creative recreationai improvements for life-long healthy sports and more environmentally-sustainable improvements. In summary, the pazking lot should be deleted because it is in the wrong location, is not needed, is expensive, does not azd in encoucaging altematrve transportation, and is not what the public approved. ~