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8 - Items for Discussion/Information, Pleasant View Soccer Facility Fencing and Maintenance~'!e ~P ~ a~ ~ , ->> BOl1LDER P:~RKS BOARD PtiBLIC HEARING ',`~ ' C PLEASANT VIEW SOCCER FACILITY FENCING AND MAINTENANCE TO Members of the Parks Board RE Informat~on to Consider FR The Pleasant View Ne~ghborhoods Convocat~on DT May 25, 200] At your May 2l meetma severa] neighborhood res~dents and others spoke up about our concerns for the resmcUOn of access to the soccer fields by constructmg a h~gh fence azound the three open sides of the Pleasant View Soccer Facil~ty Since then, a great many residents of the e~ght ne~ghborhoods m the immediate area have mvest~gated, discussed and dissected the quest~on m order io both assess the Parks staff posrtion and to see if better solutions to the percerved problems may ex~st lt has been our plan to brmg these ~ssues to your attentaon m hopes that a more effectrve solut~on might be found to avo~d the uns~ghtly and unneighborly consequence of buildmg such a bamer We felt m the eariier meetine that there was substannal res~stance among your members to the ~dea of this fencmg, and we chose to follow up on your concems with our own opinions and ideas This document indicates the current state of th~s work and ~s brought to you as a v~able step in the process to find more cost effect~ve and atvactrve solut~ons to staffand board concerns This mformation is provided to you m advance of your June 25 meeting w~th the hope ~ that you w~ll grve it due cons~derat~on and to help us avoid the confrontat~onal d~scourse that resulted m May The followmg items mdicate our approach to tlvs problem and the role we would l~ke to play m ass~stmg your efforts A Statement of the Problem B Information and Assessments C Recommendations D A V~s~on for Area Development E Background informat~on Please consider these points s~ncerely and with the knowledge that we aze convinced that all of us are work~ng towards the same eoal, both for our neighborhoods and for the greater commumty Be aware that we are e;ctremely proud to have this world class facil~ty m our ne~ghborhood and we want to see that it funct~ons successfully and remams a community asset for many years to come We believe we can help accomplish that goal ~ STATEIYIENT OF TfIE PROBLEM ~ While the Pleasant View Soccer Fields have been m place now for three years, their umque relat~onship to the close-in and greater community has not been fully understood Th~s may have resulted in citizen incurs~on mto and mtsuse of the area in the past This seenvng disregard for the valuable and unusual nature of the facility may have been interpreted as careless, destructive and even malicious vandalism of the grounds and facilities Indeed, some I~mrted obvious vandalism has occurred, which has perhaps discouraged and angered staff members and caretakers who work very hard to maintain this excellent facility The best solution to th~s seems to be to construct a high fence that will, when required, I~mrt access to the azea to prevent everyday misuse or vandalism and the resulting damage This fence will have the ability to ameliorate turf damage and restrict use of the facilit~es to officially sancnoned events and actrnt~es This proposed solution will, however, present what may be an even more difficult situat~on the negatrve response from ne~ghbors and other Boulder citizens who can likely never be made to fully understand the unique character of t}vs public property and its exclusive use Thus, by seeming to solve the ~mmediate problem of access, the Parks Board and staff takes on the very hazardous role of `4vazden" for a glowmgly beautiful "open space" that is no longer a public place C C EYANII~iATlO\ OF THE PROBLEM AvD RELATED INFOR'VIATIO~ ~, The concerns expressed by staff and Board members who have mspected and evaluated the soccer fields aze ser~ous and must be ameliorated However. such esaminations may have been made some t~me avo and may not reflect the circumstances or att~tudes that ex~st at present An mformal committee of ne~ehborhood res~dents has been momtonne act~vit~es at the facil~ty on a very frequent basis and report~ng to our ne~ghborhood internet message board as to their findmgs and evaluanon of the day-to-day condit~ons and actrvu~es These volunteers have been watchmg the use of the soccer fields at a vanety of hours each dav and, frankly, find l~ttle to zero misuse of the fields by other than registered soccer players And of course, the~r use is mostly what one would expect from a same played on any kind of turf The fields look better this vear than any prev~ous, and ~t's not because the mamtenance folks have been repa~nng'c~t~zen' damage It is more Lkely simply a better field now that they have ]earned more about takmv care of ~t Several of the Rugby players who were here or the Westem Conference finals sa~d they have never played with such fine field cond~t~ons Part of the commrttee's effort has been to question area folks m the soccer field azea about their understandmg of the facil~ty's use Most are now well mformed and cla~m neither they nor folks they have seen at the fields produce what I~ttle damage there may be Occas~onally there have been 'pickup' games by 2-4 players at a time, most of them playmg m baze feet When rem~nded that these fields are not for casual public use, they may profess not to know, but have been cooperative, espec~ally m removmg footgeaz Often th~s play has been gomg on at luncht~me. well w~thm view of the erounds people No one, m the past month, has reported findme dog feces on the fields, nor actually any "non-soccer" garbage on the fields -- except three days after the Bolder Boulder when l8 dnnk ~ or snack coupons from race b~bs were strewn across the area, probably blown m from Folsom ' Stadmm~ Runners are cons~stently staymg offthe 6elds proper and bikes, from comm~ttee reports don't get anywhere near it On one momme m eazly June. while the cemetery across Kalm~a was bemg watered, a flock of about 20 seese spent cons~derable t~me on the south fields, after wh~ch you can imaeme the amount of eYCrement left beh~nd We would note that geese do not commonly observe fence resmct~ons Several examples of ~tems that have been found m comm~ttee sweeps of the field have been collected and bagged to illustrate the nature of refuse now appeazmg m the ~mmediate azea Th~s will be erven to you at the June 25 meetms and will demonstrate the kmd of matenals found We bel~eve you will agree that thev aze nerther unusual nor excessrve and represent what must be expected from even the authonzed use of such a fac~lity We don't necessanly bel~eve th~s cannot be improved and you will later find recommendat~ons about this and other of our concerns On a recent evenmg. a family was observed prepanng to fire small rockets from the south end of the fie]ds Apparently they had amved only shortly before. but may have launched one or two rockets When approached and mformed that this acUv~ty was proh~brted and why. thev left immed~ately and apoloe~zed for the~r lack of cons~deration Exammanon of the azea revealed no discemable damage to the turf One rocket tube cover was p~cked up Last week. dunne an mmal meetmg or sessron of the sancvoned young peoples' summer soccer program, instructors camed soals out to field pos~t~ons for ~nstruct~onal purposes Two of these mdrviduals were witnessed dra~gme eoals bv one end across the turf When brousht to the C attent~on of the class supervisor_ he was ]ess than cooperatrve m respondmg to the concern expressed and md~gnantly asked our commtttee member to leave Later, modest damage to the turf was observed m the area Several examples of email reports and comments are appended to this presentat~on SUGGESTIONS A'VD RECOi~INIEti'DATiONS rr/ There are many c~rcumstances to be taken mto account when puttms forth suggest~ons and recommendanons Obviously, members ofthe public cannot know the rechmcal, budgetarv and staff i~m~tanons inherent m implementing these ideas On the other hand. viewpomts umque to the env~ronment where the facil~ty ex~sts should prov~de mformauon that mav not be available to those who are not tn the area on a da~ly basis With that m mmd, we offer the followmg statements, not discnmmatmg between those we mi¢ht consider suggesUOns and ideas and those wh~ch may be mterpreted as recommenda- t~ons The one caveat we would make ~s that these are broueht forward without recnmmat~on or threats of any k~nd, and we wtl] erpect the same considerat~on from the Parks Boazd and staff 1 The most important rtem we wish to stress is that the Parks Board and staff should do all m its power to avo~d negaUve connotat~ons m its dec~sions and act~ons These neiehbor- hoods have recently absorbed some `h~ts' from public actions that have created a height- ened sensrtrv~ty to the role of local government. therefore, any action that will reflect the trust and cooperat~on of your agency m th~s matter will be warmlv received and respected 2 Signage definrtely needs tmprovement The s~gns now on srte are amb~guous and can be read by soccer players as '`for the pubhc" and by the pubLc as "for soccer players " There should be two versions of signage, placed mappropr~ate strateg~c areas, and descnbmg on one vers~on what's expected (and available) for the public and on the other. what soccer players are expected to know and abide by Signage should be pohte and s~mple, using language that each target ~oup can understand Laz~e type, espec~ally for the pubhc signs, would be advantageous Supplementary s~,nage is descnbed below ~ 3 Several alternatrves to the high fencme would accompl~sh the same purpose w~thout the negative react~ons_ wh~ch may result from the "pnson" approach A low decoraUve fence that prov~des clear demarcanon at the top of reta~nme walls is a possib~l~ty Better yet, a two-foot hieh hedge with appropnate gaps would add attract~veness, but sull identify the bounds of the playm~ areas The addmon of a dirt path wrth dramase would be a welcome. yet detemne feature that the hundreds of runners m the azea would apprec~ate and respect (we are sure. however, that some en~oy runnme on erass and will want to use the border of the playm¢ fields, which should have l~ttle effect on the playms surface) ~4 The descnbed demarcat~on ophons can be supplemented with several openmgs spanned by link chains beiween two low posts Centered from and hangme from the chams would be s~gns wrth short remmder statements about staymg off the fields The public respects qu~te well such toois m public parks, why would they not observe resmcUOns in this obv~ously spec~al use facil~ty~ 5 The improved mamtenance of do~ ba~~mg and d~sposal matenals, along wrth spec~al signage on these posts will virtually alleviate any perce~ved dog excrement problem We note thai recently there have been no bass provided and the conta~ners are still ful] of th~s spring's deposits Several statements will deal with poss~ble improvements m ne~ehborhood and soccer association commumcat~ons, which the Pazks Board should find no trouble ~ettmg cooperanon for from both ent~t~es The case for ne~ehborhood support for acnvrties and protect~on at the soccer fields ~s well reflected m the number of ideas that came from soccer players who lrve m the area and members of the soccer association So far. only one comment has surfaced m ~ support of the proposed fencmg and that was from a res~dent who felt the c~ty has vastly under- sernced the parkland needs of these ne~ghborhoods, and that such a fence m~eht make c~ty fathers recogmze that th~s was not our land to use There is I~ttle support here for this rat~onale Here are perhaps some more valuable statements 6 A pro~rram m~t~ated by the Parkc Drv~s~on that will pro~~de spec~fic mformaUOn to all ~ res~dents m the area bounded by 28'" and 47`~ Streets. Jay Road and Diasonal Hiehwav would be supported and endorsed bv our ne~ghborhoods To a(lev~ate ma~lmg costs, volunteers m the area could ~om ~~~th soccer assoc~at~on members to d~smbute th~s mformation and answer quest~ons about rts apphcat~on A calendar of soccer compet~- t~ons could be d~str~buted. thus encouraemg neighborhood support for the events 7 We observe that clean-up followmQ soccer acuvrties ~s less effectrve than ~t should be As evidence. a]ad~es' sold watch was found on a sweep of the field three davs afrer the last soccer acnvuy Could not the soccer assoc~auoq sanctwned user of these publ~c erounds_ be relied upon to staff and cam out refuse and lefr behmd matenal~ 8 ln similar manner, an assoc~ation soccer coach from our area pomted out that pre-season onentat~on mcluded no mformation about Pazks Board concerns. such as frost on the fields. post-use clean-up and better control of players' non-~ame act~vmes We beheve such concerns should be given pnorny attention m mstructme field users and mstructors 9 We observe that luge events, such as the young people's soccer tournament several weeks ago, seem to be madequately planned and managed A ne~ghborhood concern, to wh~ch we would apprec~ate your attent~on, ~s illeeal parkmg, mcludmg ta~lgate pames on and ad~acent to pnvate homes and general confusion and parent m~sbehavior on s~te Th~s ~s mexcusable and should be corrected Proper s~gnage, advance plannmg for parkmg and other madequate site sernces (mc]udmg announced shuttle sernce provided to Elks Club parkmg) The afrermath of th~s event alone was discouraemg to those of us who lrve m ~ the area ] 0 Parks Drvision monrtonng of m~suse of the Palo Pocket Park to reduce the mcidence of soccer team pract~ce m an area mtended to serve the immed~ate neighborhood In this regard, the Parks D~v~s~on needs to g~ve early attent~on to the obv~ous need for nearby pract~ce fac~lit~es, wh~ch would likely alleviate most damage concerns now expenenced It seems ~rrespons~ble not to mclude specific plannmg for th~s actrvrty, wh~ch should have been a pr~onty m the ongmal plamm~g We have mcluded this cons~deranon m our v~s~on for future development of the area TI3E BOTTOM LINE The purchase and installation of perimeter fencing should be delayed until other more cost et'fective and neighborhood-friendly solutions have been pursued. If, after coordinated and aggressive actions and improvements such as those above are proved to be ineffective, the subject of perimeter fencing should be revisited. V Prepared hn Roland Sharette 296Z Kalmia Cnurt 129 on behalf orthe Plensant View group A VIS10N FOR ADJACEIVT DEVELOPMENT ~ A number of ~deas and plans have been surfaced m our smdy of commumty needs and solunons Smce the ra~sm~ of the "fencmg" concem. some of these have become more focused towards mtegrat~on of our parkland concerns with the obv~ous impro~ements needed at Pleasant View We have talked to a vanety ofgovernment and prrvate asenc~es. sometimes receromg encouraeement_ at other t~mes bemg told we were adequately sened by existmg facilrt~es Th~s has sometimes been a d~scouragmg process On the other hand. some agencies have responded with addit~onal ideas and potent~a] solut~ons, mcludmg the Parks staff Examples of the way such concerns have been addressed elsewhere and the manner m wh~ch they were undertaken has e~~en us a]evel of encouraeement not to grve up our eoals for sen~ces and facilit~es commensurate with a commumty of over 4,000 res~dents Agenc~es I~ke the Colorado Trust for Open Land have provided assistance and prom~sed further cons~derat~on as our plans come toeether There are solut~ons and we mtend to find them As a very premature md~cauon of our d~rection m the immediate area of the Pleasant View Fields, we offer the enclosed very roueh sketch of a commumty concept that could ~am support m many areas ~f ~t ~s carefully and pract~cally developed We offer ~t as our mtent~on not to close our neighborhood to your very spec~al facil~ty, but to mtesrate your actrvines with local recreat~onal serv~ces. thus prov~dmg the best of all worlds for the Parks D~v~sion and for the local commumty As you may d~scern from the sketch, mtegratmg ad~acent propemes mto a comp6mentary ~ plan solves many problems and wil] serve northeast Boulder for many years mto the future It combmes the mosi common of ne~ghborhood pazk needs (p~cmc fac~lrt~es_ playlot sernces and `sandlot' sofrball) w~th more sophisticated activ~t~es. such as an events sazebo (which_ m itself will impede the league soccer pract~ce) and a footbridge, wh~ch will further connect the two small parks mto a more pract~cal sized St ~re ne~ehborhood park The footbndge serves as a wetland habrtat observat~on pomt, leadmg to a footpath/b~ke route souffi to Kalmia, wh~ch can eventuallv connect the Folsom b~ke route (which ends at 28~' and Kalmial with the 4-viile Creek path Practice fieids and some parlang can be provided south of Palo Parkway immediately ad~acent to the soccer playmg area, wrth a wildl~fe buffer separatme the park from the church and housmg development to the west Across 47~' Street, althoush it ~s not m our area. but ~s certamly part of our concern, we visual~ze construcnon of a trailhead w~th parkme for up to 100 vehicles. which area could be used to alleviate stressed pazkmg m Pleasant V~ew If you bel~eve m recreat~onal serv~ces for all parts of the c~ty, we expect you would see our future effort as a potent~ally rewazding cooperatrve development that would serve both our neiehborhoods and Pleasant View It is m that spirit that we share th~s very prei~mmary informat~on w~th you rUong w~th ~t_ we solic~t your trust that good relat~ons can eY~st that won't need the protect~on of high fencme or adversar~al pos~t~omng P(ease let us help you meet your soals ~ ~'SJ(~C~ ~G'~i~l~ ~' ~i'~i~ r~`V'Gr~Ti/'/~C~~lil ~ ~A~ ~- R.~.s~dal,~F~nc ~ ~{ ~,,,~~N.~ ~ ~~~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~a / ~ ~ ~ ,~,~ i LY I ~ F ~ t.usr i ~ ~ rac~tr ~ i esn 1 Ts-~!~0"~_~ ~~a \ \ ~ ~ .~ ~ . ~ ' NEW h4' ~ ~ ~ DiAY - ., /Atc ~aca~r ~ 1 / I ~ ~~ i ~~ ~ f~°~' CNwgoy ~'"'~~~ ~~yt ~a~yxM„- Y IIC i? :I, ~ ~ atY ~.J v ~~ i ~ 4 ~ ~S A~Z ~ ,~;, ~ ~ Q% ;'~ ~' '., f ~~~ v ~ ~ ~^ t , ~._ ,, ~ , /,~L.. 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P~e1a e.aar t%rv ~I ~o~cGE oo: //~f. ~ ~~ ~ !~ d ~ ~ ~ ~ " ~ ~ i - ~, ~ ~ ~Ac.sfiA Av6uu~ ~ ~ ~~/ ~ ~ ? q~ i i ! i / / ~ af~ti.1 a,q~ 1 ~ETGR.VOS' V . ~ ~~ Q 4-Ha~ ,TPAt e.!/bd0 O~~ P/9Q,(CLAX/ ua7EPL~1~W'~G ErCERPTS FROD'1 EMAIL MESSAGING SANIPLES ~ IN CONNECTION WITH PLEASANT VIE~' USAGE AND MISUSE _ « We have dec_dea te ceneuc~ cont,nuir.c ~_se.smenc e`_ the Pieasznc V_ew grounas to try and fina out wnat legitimate compla~nts may esist Can we En~~_°t .~ou- a~sista^ce ir, thls' T_hi~ morn~r.g ~~nte:~spcec m~; usua~ =un ~c spene 45 aunutes on the fieia, czossing it E-W and N-~ in about 10 yarc swaths, observ-ng its 7:30-6:30am usaae and maintenance activities. I alsc went back at lunchtime to observe mtdday activity. i have maae notes on what I fcund ane w~ll hcid those unt_1 I hzve add,tiona_ data tc share w~tn yoL. Perhaps somE others of you coula make it your bu_=ine== tc ob=erve the a~ea ane put your commer.cs up on the messaee bearC whe_e we car. recote them Pc_ future reference F kind cf informal 1oa (da:i, time could then g;ve us mcre factuai daca te help the Parks Boara de~er:n~ne tne w~sdem of their ~encinc plan. We need tc look at the negative things as weL as trying to re~ute sta`_~ claims >: ~, « I believe that 6-7 foot fences are ug:p anc give the feel~ng of eiit~s~ separation of publ~c iand from the neignberhood where it i° lecatec _ believe there are c:.ty off:cials who mistakenly consiaer this to be neighborhood parklanc, ia wn~ch case a fence might suppor: our desire fo~ other land tc be des_gnated for public use in the area, but I feel the tradeoff is not wor=h i*_. We should be able to ca~rp tne iaea of inaaequate park space without turnine the soccer fields into a stockade. » 3« As a long time me.~nber of the local soccer o~ganiza*_ior., I wantea tc offer my thoughts on the fields and fence. F~rst of all, ? believe that a feace around the soccer fields is unnecessa~y and woula be an eye sore ir the ne~ghboihooc. 2 think the best solution would be tc post more ana better ~ signaae saying that the fields are off liieut_= to b~k;na, doas, goif, soccer practice, etc Secondly, I dor.'t feel that the deg=adation of the fields is caused by non-soccer activit~es i run by the fieids almost every aay. I hardly ever see more than 1 oi 2 peoole ~ogging or walk~na around the field. Once ~n a while I w:il see scmebody olaying with a aoa on Lne field. That has probabiy been the biggest offense that I have ever seen. Contras: that tc between 500 and 1000 people using the fields over each weekead, not tc mention large tou=naments, where the numbez of spectators increases by a factot of at least 20 These fol~cs oftez se*_ up tents, caa~rs, flags etc, wh:ch can't be great for the fields. » a, « I understanc taat it ~~ very expensive tc maintz_n tne fields aue tc heavy use du=ing sp=:.ng and fali as well as very noor scil conditions zn Boulder. The socce~ organization took some steps a ccuole of yea=s ago tc zeduce the wear by tne people playina sccceL They prohib_ted goalies from digging their clea*_s into the turf, which was trasn_na *_he areas around t~e goals. They also prohibited players and spectators from bringing dogs ana bikes onto the field. Those things, combined with the rotat;on of the fields, have seemed to make a big difference The fields seem to be in the best shape 2 have ever seen them >% 5« I would like to better understand what specif;cally the Parks staff feels are the problems being caused by unautherized use. Ss it dca~poop" o* excessive unauthorized wear~ I think better s~gns woula make a bia difference. Another thought would be for the neighboring HOA's or other neighborhood groups to communicate to their members that the fields aze off l,tnits to some act~vit~es. If we all better understana that, it may change people's behavior. » ~ 6. « I thinx the soccer association, which I understand ~s the onl: sanctioned body to schedule use of the fielas, shouid be accountable fo: possible overuse, and should be charged to police the=r me:nbers to the extent that the main cause of damage becomes bette: controiiec » '. « ~~ cae wer=_ cc come uc w_ta ~ mere accurate anc reaseaaniz c~9E5_°IDE^.L G`_ ~\ CIIE 51C1dL10P. dLC DL'L C1_ECL_V DELCLE CnE boa=d members dR effective ~rr a~ternace r'epcsz_ _om oar commun~c}, be_ieve we ceule preva~ >% b. « Assun_ne I'm a fz~r=y cvpical resideat of 4 Mile Czeek, iet me disclose m}• usaae cf these facll~~~e~ in the ~ast four years: We as a famt'_~ nave usec it tc tobogaar, a coupie of times (aurine ma~oz snowfalls,. Durinc these ma~or snowialis, the s~cw __ toe deeF to a'_1ow any camage te the f~eia f=cm the toboggans Furthermcre, tobogganing is done on the stadium siopes, not on the actuz'_ f=eid ana as such has no real detrimentai effect We used the flat fielc area once to play fam;ig 2 on :=occer with visit~na relatives Mp ch~icrer. a_e toc sna'__ tc cause any zeal aamage. >> y «:'m very oppesec tc Dracenian pclicies that 1=mit any feas:ble pubLc use of taspayer-fundee ianc. 2~ seem= tne only leg~t~mate clazm :n.gh~ be the doggy-doc issue. I've seer. thac become an issue on the small wetland in fror.t ef my house, buc :'ve seen very little aiound the socce~ f~elds anc none lateiy. If that ~s a Zea: issue, it can be nut_gated by prov~d~ng a gravei walkway arounc the whole park to serve as a definea walk~ng patn w:th appropriate doggy bac= read~iy available. >: 10. « Although i: was ur.u_=ua:, I 7ust war.tec to meat~on that t^ere ~~eie cars pazked aleng Paio all the way back tc 30th St:eet on Saturday. Theze must have been mega-soccer matche~ going on that da1~ Th~ngs seemed to be ~n z general state of confusion ana misinformation » 11. « i gather that Parks ~s looking at the fencing because o'_ so ma^y people us~ng it as a dcg park. Parks is spending so much on the soccex fiela turf that they have to look at how to best preserve it. : guess I am aot sc opposed to the fencing, but ONLY if Parks makes sure that ouz neighborhood is ~ more adequately served by z oarti system. If they decide co feace the fields, they should zealiy consider making 13D into a Park as the Parks Boaid plannec to do at ene time (at least that is what Don Mock sa.d at the most recent City Counc~l meeting). Palo Pocket Park north of 4-Mile Creek is totally inadeauate foz our neighnerhood needs. i have often seen ~t usea for ovez°_low soccer pract~ce When that i~ happening, where will people be anle to take the~: aoos to run arcuna, play Frisbee, f~y kites, etc.' %~ 1~ « I'm definitely against the Parks Soard fencing off the soccer fields. What/whom are taey try~ag tc protec~ ;t f_om? The Denver Bronces usiag it for practice~ Z 1~ve close tc the fields and the most common activity I see •is the occasional ~ogger. I` tneie is enough "illegal" use of che fields te recuire a fence, thi= tells me there is enough demar.d for a large parx for use by the "public" here. >= 13. « Interesting thing about the soccer fields is it actually is a 1ot like the attitude abeut open space accessibil~ty The space is counced as open area for deasity puzposes, neighborhocd discussions, etc, but i_° it is closed of~, then it really isn't ne~ghborhood open space. » 14. « Last Tuesday at 7 pm I took a run azound the soccer fields and saw a few etner users on or nea~ the fielas. Specifically, one person walking hi= doa, one person playing frisbee with theiz dog, one person also running around the socce= f=eids, one person riding theii mtn. bike on the pathway, an~ 3 ceenagers on the "deluxe" soccer field. Except for those 3 teenagezs, the u=_ers ~ncluaing myself ai1 stayed around the per±meter (on the g;ass) of the socce: fields As fai a=_ I could tell, the teens were simply `making ou*_ ':-ately see cog poep around the f=elds because people pick up a`ter the~r aoc (Why de 2 run or. the grass% Because it's easier on my knees). » ~ 15. « I don'c run everyday so I don't see evezything, but I've been takinc runs a:ound the soccei f~eld since they opened (? confess) and I see very little ~i anv rubbisn. But when soccer :s in season I do see trash: cioth bandage tane, ciga=ette butts, canay wrappers, the occasional empty Gatorade bottie » ~ ic « L'rt~: rece:t=_ = nevEZ ~aew tne scccer iiElGS ~ELE nc= `_e: ocr.zra= pLD_ic use. The act tnz= ceee_e may be u~~nc tne f~elc. ce~nt_ cc need fe~ a oar~ ~>nn a laroe one at *_.^.ac >% 1- « L~ke ethers, I'm ocservina the seccer f,ela~ My observaticr. __ that tne areates~ cnec~r.e tnrea*_ tc tne f~e~es ~~ the 1>ek o° caiancec ma~ntenance er. the part o_' the kecreat~en Department: ~ Not_ce that there is a patterr. o~ brown, cry gras_ ~r, 20' clotcne~ arounc the f~elds. These are tne space~ that the spr~nkler heads nu~s, and are caused by inadequate maintenance of the spr~nkiez system. These spr_nkler heaa~ have reeu~rec s±mc~e ad~ustment for new the fourtr. year ;n a:ow _. The bermec gzass area~ suffer fiom sim;lar s_mpie watet~nc negiect, as thezr ~anoff appa~eatiy ~sr.' factorec intc the waterinc schecules. The berms d*y anc bake immediateiy ir. the summer weatner 3 Tae desicn of a sinale entry pc_nc foz tne complex lacked s±mple peaestn_an featuies te prevent eros~on anc dest~uction cf the entry area A ccnczete ramc and siaewaix system to at least tae f-a~ fieic area would alleviate the maintenance and reduce the wear and tear on the entire are>. 9. The greatest vandalism I have observed was the dlrecc result of installing a 1-ever.ue preaucing) beverage machine at the zestroom~ OF COURSE the kids vandalize ~t' S. The spr~ng scccer seasor. begins ir. February, long before the grass has had a chance to green up The soccer community, not neiahbors, ~s responsible for thz "abuse" of the f~ela_. Games are playec, no matter how cola, as long as theze isn't snow on the fields. If waik~na/playing or. frozen grass is an issue, the c~ty needs tc address it with the appropriate people the soccer associat~on » 18 « The open soace natsre of the soccer discussion feature of this deveicpment and the welcoming ef the neighborhood was the idea ef having a 95-acre pa=k in ~ non-soccer periods I imagine that the aevelopment of neighborhood wi11 a°fect wildlife migraticr,s, and the serve to relieve that oressure » is imocrtar.t. Cne soccer community to the the ne;ghborhooa durinc the ad7acent f~eids ~ana '_3ai may 19 « As far as neiahborhooa or any other anuse, I walx tne area frequenLly, and never see abuse. In the winter the goose glop is so pervasive that one is immediately dissuaded from any activity, and there are no tracks from excessive peiimecer running or such to indicate any systematic problems from that auarter. The s-edd;ng n~li on the champ:onship f~elds doesn't seem tc have caused any harm. Bikes are another matter, but they are tate (other than one dad teacnina his son tc ride there one day;. Signaae and some hunimal enforcement should seem~.ngly solve any access/abuse issues I've witnessed. » 20. « The great Boulder dog poop controversy is simply another chaoter. Simple courtesy ~n cleaning up after one's pet is a problem everywhere. Penalties shoula include a weekend of public dcg scoop duty for owner~ (Guard~ans?) who are ticketed foz not clean~ng up After a few thousand piles, the owners' attitude icught change Of couzse, this would requ~re enforcement of the laws, ana we don't de that here (I am a dog owner, and : clean up~ » 21 « One of our 4-Miie crew is a soccer coach. Unfortunately, he is on holiday next Monaay. However, he had an excellent suggestion. As I understan~ from him, there is a coache=' clinic of some sort before the start of each season. He has attendec each one since the f~elds were open. Not once was there any discussion of fiela care, frost damage etc. discussed. It strikes me that these clinics or pre-season discussion groups would be an ideal forum to educate ana get the ~cra out about care and ma~ntenance. Furtherme=e, any ~ leafiets or not~f,cat~en of event~ should be required te carry a smaii educational section on field care. »