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Memo, Services to the Palo Park Subcommunity, Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Trails Map UpdateAttachment I MENIORANDUM /""" ~-- TO: Parks and Recreat~on Advisory Boazd Members FROM: Chnstme Anderson, Assistant City Manager Doug Hawthorne, Actmg Pazks and Recreation Co-Duector Lmda Kotowski, Actmg Parks and Recreation Co-Director Cate Bradley, Planner SUBJECT: Pazk and Recreation Services to the Palo Park Subcommunity DATE: June 14, 2001 In response to concems raised by residents of Four Mile Creek and sunoundmg neighborhoods staff has prepared the followmg background information The Palo Park subcommumty (see attached map) ~s largely outside of the Boulder city limits, although the Four Mile Creek subdtvis~on is withm the city limits The City has provided development and mamtenance fundmg for the three publ~c parks servmg the area • CentraUSouth Palo Park, 3 1 acres • East Palo Park, 4 acres, mciudmg a playground • North Palo Park, 2 8 acres mcludmg tenms courts These parks were acquired in the 1960's through an agreement with the developer of Palo Pazk, ~ pnor to the estabhshment of the current pazk service standards The Four Mile Creek subdivision was also approved pnor to the adoption of the current standards Accordmg to the 1996 Parks and Recreatton Master Plan, a"neighborhood park" should be a aummum of five acres m size, while a"pocket pazk" will be under five acres, but will generally fall at the lower end of the range The standards also state that "pazks between three and five acres would generally be viewed as substandard s¢e neighborhood parks " Thus the Palo Pazk subcommumty is served by one pocket park and two sub-standard size neighborhood parks, for a total of 9 9 acres m the subcommumry. Under the current standards approximately two-tlurds or more of the existmg Four Mile Creek subdivision is served by Palo East and Palo North parks, each w~th a one-quarter mile service radius The remammg vacant parcels m the subcommumty are lazgely outside of the secv~ce areas of the existmg pazk sites In the event of annexation and add~tional residential development m these azeas, opttons for add~tional pazk acreage would be reviewed Dependmg on the size of the pazcel where new development is proposed a five acre park site may or may not be feasible Accordmg ro the standazds, "parks under the five acre standard may be acqwred to help meet neighborhood pazk needs where no other suuable alternatives exist " The standards have not funcUOned m the development review process to mandate the provision of a five acre s~te m all mstances ~ ~- The Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the BVSD on a number of pro~ects and would be open to dtscussme the possib~hry of developmg a park m con~uncnon wuh a school on '~+ one of the vacant parcels, m the event that the BVSD decides to purchase propeRy m this azea for ~'"" a school site The Pleasant V iew Fields soccerJrugby complex is a spec~ahzed recreauoo fac~hty simIlar to the Stazio softball complex, the East Mapleton sofrball fields or the Flat~rons Golf Course. The Pazks and Recreation Department has never categonzed Pleasant View F~elds as a neighborhood park, nor was u counted toward meetmg neighborhood park standards for this subcommunity m the 1996 Pazks and Recreaaon Master Plan The C~ty of Boulder zomng designation for ~11 parks and recreation s~tes is "P-E" or "public established " No distmcuon is made between park s~tes and recreational facilmes m terms of zonmg With respect to the need for a site m the Palo Park subcommumty for adduional ball fields, no proposal to acquue land at 47th and Jay for basebalUsoftball fields has been cons~dered by staff or the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board The Pazks and Recreation development excise taxes collected on new dwelhng umts go mto the Permanent Parks and Recreat~on fund pool These funds aze used to support acqmsitton, development and renovation of pazk and recreaaon fac~lities Funds are not earmarked to serve a specific development unless an agreement has been entered mto with a developer for dedication of a pubhc park site, as pau-t of the city development review process Funds from areas of new development are typically not sufficient to fully fund acquisit~on and development of a park site The Permanent Park and Recreation funds are used to support a vanety of capitai improvement pro~ects as reviewed and approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City ~ Counc~l The construction of a new playground at East Palo Park is an example of th~s type of pro~ect Development of the Foothills Commumty Park wtuch serves res~dents withm a three and one-half rrule service radms would be another example, as would be improvements to recreat~on centers, pools, and athlet~c facihties which serve the entire commumty. Altematively, provision of a park withm the Four Mile Creek subdrvision could have been provided by the developer as a pnvate HOA facility The development of wetland m~tigauon azeas withm the subdrvision was not funded by the Pazks and Recreauon Department Pazks and Recreauon staff have revtewed proposed changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) on multiple occastons over the past two yeazs and have prov~ded comments to the Plannmg Department staff The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has also reviewed updates to the BVCP with ciry plannmg staff For furthec mformation or queshons about this item, contact Cate Bradley at 303l413-7226 ~ ~_~;t~r:~.s _- ~~ ~ ' _ - "- ~~;~ -' P.ALO PaRIi SL'BCO~IV[L"~ITY ~I~P -'~~. ~, _ ~~ ~-'-- ^ - ~ '-^ ~ - o -~ ', / ~ ~ , , I , , , ~ -- ~ -•it~ ~-, ,_~--- ) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ - , , ~ / ' - , ~ ~'~~~~~ _ ~I . ,3 ~„*r~- 1 i ~ ~ ~ _ ^h „ ~.....: v. ~ - -- ~ ~. ~, - / ~ ~ ~ ~~~ -9CwoLO CS.- - 1/~Nfi~51a~ `~ ~~ ~ ,, ~ .~iorth Pal ~ o Park ~ ~~~ ' ~~Ly, - ~ _ • = :Y` 3 y rr~f--S-~ ' b - I __ ~ -n brr9 _ = Four ~Iile Creek Subdivisio ~ wslu ._,resr~µ a _ I - _ n_ -" -- - -~`=~ ~ µ~ F~,,;~ ' E: "": - l_--_---- _~ ~ ~. ~ ~ ,~,•, --~--- ~ - - . ; ~ , ~"~u.w~ - /: ~ " , ' ~ --_' ; - - ~ East Palo Park - ` °"'`~"`~" ~. ~« ~-,.a. - . /~ ~li~ - ~„ ~ ,,...~--~ ~ -nilu~i ' ~~~T`'r i .~ b~ ~ _ ~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ y d. : i i -~~_ _~ CentraUSouth Palo Park "~~' ~ ~~ ~"~ ~ _j~,-~= C"`~' "=~ s r_., ~ F- -_ ^ --- ~ ~j _~~. ~C _ ' -' a ~.s _c9 --~i~~~ ct ~~ ~ r , _ r ;~ _ ~.:,ES ° j < • _~ ~' :si~ ~ I 3 g • r'F ~ ' ~ ~ ~v W!£:l. _ ____ \~~~~ ~^= -I "-' Pleasant View Fields ~ r _ -_ _~ -~~ - - ~ J /~-I~~ ~F~ ~y ' ~ ~S ~ _ i ~ Z.[ ,7~ _ ue ~ vn a ~ 1 ' ir . _i ~ wK . ~/ ~.n0 4 _ _ _ - ___ __ __ __ '.__. ~ ~ '~"~ L_ - , V ' y ~ ~ ~~ - / ~y~ ~ I- - _ ~ _.....~ x_.~ ~~ • ~ ---~'~-' - . - i. 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I / ~ 3 __ J F/ `• - 1 ~ . i _ ((~~ ~ --~-^ ~ ~ r.. ~~ 1 ~I i i " ' I ~ _y ~^_~!~ ~ F\...4 T ' ~ ~ ' ~ ~[~~~} ,~ ~ r_7 ~~~-rt -'~I~ _ ~_'_'~ t '1. ~= ~s~F. ~ / /~ Attachment II MEMORANDUM ~ `-- June 7, 2001 TO: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board FROM: Jean Gatza, Planning Department SUBJECT: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Trails Map Update DEFINITION OF THE TRAILS MAP The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Trails Map shows exishng and proposed trails m the Boulder Valley that aze or will be admmistered by the City of Boulder Pazks and Recreation, Open Space/Mountain Parks, and Transportarion deparhnents and/or Boulder County Pazks and Open Space and Transportahon departments. The map is used by the city, the county, Boulder Valley crtizens and other concemed parties to understand, ma~ntazn and advance the network of trails that the city, the county and other pubhc agencies now provtde and hope to provide m the future. This map is mtended to be used as a system-plamm~g tool It consists of the BVCP Pedestnan Trazls Map and the BVCP Bicycle Trails Map. Indrndual departments will develop more specific pohcies and management programs to fulfill their unique missions, and they will generate more detailed maps to meet their own needs and those of their customers Other maps aze used to show completed or exishng systems. The BVCP Trails map includes designated ~.. unpaved off-street paths, paved off-street paths, multi-use paths that aze paved and sepazated ~ from but pazallel to a road, and short, paved off-street paths that connect to a larger trail or bike network and are part of an adopted ped/bike system plan. It does not uiclude sidewalks, on-street bike lanes or bike routes, paved road shoulders or low volume streets sernng as bike lanes or routes, intemal walkways. PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE MAP UPDATE The BVCP Trails Map was last updated m 1990 and has been revised to be mcluded m the 2000 ma~or update of the B VCP. Many changes have been made to the 1990 map mcludmg• digihzmg the map, amendmg 1990 trail proposals, addmg new trazls and trail proposals, correchng any inaccuracies and revismg one map mto two to better show exishng and proposed trails and bicycle trail comdors UPDATE PROCESS The Trails Map update pro~ect involved staff from city Planning, Open Space / Mountain Pazks, Pazks and Recreation and Transportahon departments, staff from county Parks and Open Space and Transportahon departments. Boards for Open Space, Pazks and Recreahon and Transportahon will revtew the revised map. Plamm~g Board, City Council, Plamm~g Commission and County Commissioners will approve the final revised map as a part of the 2000 ma~or update to the comprehensive plan. r'"'- ~.. ACTION REOUESTED ~ A formal recommendahon to the Plamm~g Boazd and City Counc~l ~s not needed for the BVCP ,r,, Trails maps Comments from the Board will be either incorporated as changes to the map or noted and submitted wtth the map for Planning Boazd and Ctty Council adoprion. Any comments should be directed to Jean Gatza in the Plamm~g Department at 303.441 4907 or Qatzai c(~ci boulder co us by June 22~ 2001. ATTACHMENTS Attachment A- Boulder Valley Comprehens~ve Plan Trails Polic~es Attachment B- Boulder Valley Pedestnan Trails Map and Boulder Valley Bicycle Trails Map ~"`~ ,.**, ~ Attachment A BOULDER VALLEY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TRAILS POLICIES PARKS AND TRAILS POLICY 3.13 TRAIL FUNCTIONS AND LOCATIONS. Trails serve a variety of funchons such as recreation, transportation, educahon and/or environmental protechon. Trails should be designed and managed to mm~mize conflicts among trazl users. Trazlheads should be located so they are convement and safe for those amving by altemate modes of transportahon and autos. In order to provide environmental protechon, mformal trails and user widenmg of trails should be discouraged by ensunng that formal trails aze well designed, momtored, and adequately mamtamed. Trail and trazlhead locahons and ahgnments should avoid environmentally sensit~ve azeas. POLICY 3.14 ~ TRAILS NETWORK. The City and the County will coordmate with other trail providers m trail system plamm~g, construchon, management, and maintenance. Where comparible with environmental preservahon goals, trail connechons wtll be developed to enhance the overall funchonmg of the trails network. r"'..' ~