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6A - Public hearing and consideration of a motion to name the 22nd Street right-of-way Pocket ParkCITY OF BOULDER ~ PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD AGENDA ITEM MEETING DATE: Sentember 24. 2001 (Agenda Item Preparation Date: September 6, 2001) AGENDA TITLE: Public Hearing and Consideration of a Motion to name the 22nd Street Ri t-of-Wa (RO~ Pocket Park REQLTESTED BY: Doug Hawthorne, Acting Director Kate Bernhardt, Acting Superintendent of Parks Planning and Construction Cate Bradle , Planner FISCAL IlbIPACT• None PURPOSE: The Parks and Recreat~on Advisory Boazd ~s requested to approve a name for the 22od St. ROW Pocket Park. ~ BACKGROUND: The development of the 22°d St. ROW Pocket Pazk is neanng complehon. At this time staff would like to place permanent park signs designating the park with rts official name. As required by the Park Naming Policies (Attachment A) a public notice has been placed in the News from City Hall soliciting nominations for names for the park site. Any responses to this request will be provided to Board members at the meetang ANALYSIS: Historic names relevant to the park or facility meet the critena of the pazk naming policies. This park is located in an historic neighborhood and there aze traditional names wiuch have been used for this location. The two names that have historically been associated with the bluff extending east of 17'~ Street are Sunset Hill and Lovers' HIlI. Lovers' Hill is apparenfly the older name. The use of the name Lovers' Hill appeazs in the 1910 report of Frederick Law Oimsted, Jr to the City Improvement Associahon (see Appendix B) The Whittier Neighborhood Associauon at their August meeting considered names for the pazk site and have recommended that it be named Lovers' Hill Park. Some concem has been raised that the name Lovers' Hill Park could possibly attract couples to the site from ouuide the immediate neighborhood. STAFF RECONIlI4ENDATION: None ATTACHNIENTS: A. Pazk Naming Policies B. Excerpt from "The Improvement of Boulder Colorado" by Frederic Law Olmsted, Jr. ~ AGENDA 11'EM /{ Pa¢e 1 Attachment A ~ BOULDER PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMEN'I' Adopted August 18, 1980 PARK NAMING POLICIES 1. A nohce or news article solicitmg nommations for natnes will be placed through the news media at least 10 days before meeting to select a name for all pazk and recreation facilities. 2. All official names must be approved by the Pazks and Recreation Advisory Boazd Parks and Recreahon facilities will not normally be named for livuig persons. Exceptions to this policy may be made by vote (simple majonty/3/4 majonty) of the Parks and Recreahon Advisory Board when the Boazd finds one of the following: The person nommated had made a substantial contnbuhon (monetary or service) to the specific park or facility bemg named The person nommated has made sigmficant contnbuhon to the commumty over an extended period of hme c. The person nommated has received nahonal recognihon. ~ 4. Facilihes located wrthm a park should carry the same name as the pazk Such facihries could, however, be dedicated m memory of a person and an appropnate plague md~catmg such be dedicated and placed at the facilities. Considerahon for naming facilrties: a. Geographic names descriptive of the locahon or sigmficant natural features (includmg flora, fauna, and geography) in or near the pazk or facihty. b. Histonc names relevant to the park or facility. c. Organizahons or person who made simificant contribuhons (either financ~al or personal effort) to the pazk or facihty being named. d. Persons who made a significant contribution to the City as a whole over an extended period of time 6. Change of Name - Names should be changed only when the existmg name is one of histoncal use and facihty never officially named, or when the name was a temporary mterim name. ~ H ~PRAB~Pazk-Nammg-Pohcy ~rr The Improvement of Boulder Colorado REPORT TO 'CHE CITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCiATION BY FREDERICK LAW OLMS'fED JR. CHARLES ELIOT PROFESSOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN HARVARD UNIVERSITY ~ March 1910 Repnnted May 1967 as 8ulletin No 9 of the THORNE ECOLOGICAL FOUNDATION Baulder, Coloredo ~ Preface to the 1967 Repnnt by JAMES M BOWERS Planning Officer, Unrveroity of Colorado Former Planning Dvector, City of Boulder Attachment B ~ ~ _~ iHE FREDERICK LAW OL~SSTED JR REPORT maAmg a ylen~ant httle parA If the [hree me~pen=~ve houscs on ~Cater Strect south oi the d~tch are acqmred rt unuld be pos- vble to form en open playground of more thaa txo acres m e<tent, surrounded Ly a=had} walk along the d~tch snd along the sur- rouadmg streets, mth an e~~snng gro.c at the northwe=t wrner aad a small ~epareee plavgrwnd for Lttle ch~ldren :n the spacv Le[ween iLe drtch and ]mereenih Street E~en d the honee ]ots on \meteenth nnd Ra~er Street were omrtted the ~•acant ]and alnne nould maAe a g~od tLough ~en l~mited loca] perk dpart from tLe park value uhmh attaches to the water o[ t6e Beesle} Ditch and to the gro~e of trees, the ch~ef udwatage of tnss hact is chet rt u the nearest considera6le p~ece of vacaat ]aad to the A~gh School and the Jeffersoa Sc6aol It ~s mthm a=hort rouple of blocks of ~hose hvo echoolc, ah~ch are urgently m aeed of playgzound space 7n connechon with Boulder Creek we }~a~e called attent~on to the impartaace ot prexrv:ag pubhc aecees east of 3eveateenth Srreet to the edge of the bluff thak LOVERS' HILI flanAs the eouth s~de of the valley and crommna3s ~uch fine ~iea_ oeer the city horth of t6e valley a similar s~fiat~on ~s pres?nred by Lovera' $~ll Thia mesa, if it ss pmpez so to cal] ~t, is d»ded mto a western and an eastern part by s notcly throneh ~rhwh Tmenheth Street makes iu txuhng way The eastem part hae one house upoa its eossthern edge, reached by a rather precipicous ~pproach from Rhe sonth The nestern part, thoagh platted (oa paper) mto etreets and ]o}s, u wholly vecant wd ~s hemg slowly eatea amay from tLe nort6west by the bnck works ntuxted at its bese To thoae c~t~zens of Boulder who are aot famil~ar with the e~ew we urgently iecommend a stroll, some pleasent Sunday, aloag the top af Lo~en' Hill, hoth perts, from Fourteenth S[reet to the County Road near Txeut~-flfth 3treet TLe ~ew, espec~alle toward sunset hme, ~s one tha[ eannot be matched ~n many thou- sand miles of travehng The srtuehon ~< a dehgntful one for dwellmgs were rt not for [he diCticaLh of acce=_s and the ent¢r ahsence of trees, whtch rnnden ~t bleak and unshrltrred bnth in appearance and m fac! excep~ m:he pleasencesc o[ w~3~her Uf the [uopassble mrthods ah~ch ha~e orcurred to us far unlmng the recreanve ~aluc of tlus h~ll one pro~~des for d~~rl~p =~ al~o the epoortunm whirh rt pn sents for bmldmg ;rt=s &c<i[mg from Thirttenth Stm¢t, ~~e ad~ise a~denmg High Streec on the eacaat north side, so as tu make rt nt least the equal of ~he old s[reets m liberality, and pnrk- mg rt an1 plantmg it uith tree; East of Fourteenth High Street now~ vanuhes mto nothmg up the steep hills~de A parlway m conhnuat~on of High Stree~ should be canied thrnugh, m a cut, aa a reasonnbl; ees~ nsmg grade, unt~ it meches the surface of the mesa at its wutherh edge It should fotla~e thu edge eppronmatelp, an a cunmg Ime Workmg otf m an easterly and northeasterh dvect~on at the level af the flet top surface of the hil] to a pomt uhenm it ~~ ald descend agam bv a rea=onable grade, maml~ m cut and rroeemg to the north ttde of the ndge, so as to meet the grade of Taent~eth Street where the latter goee through the seddle berneen che Rest and east parts of the hill Thence the parkwar would ree agam on a Ime 7ust north of tFa preseat crt~ boundan and sgam would skirt the wutherly esmrp- ment of the h~ll on cunmg lmes to a pomt from wh~ch rt could descend by an Pas} grade to ~mn the County Raad ~nst as ~t crosses the easterh tail of the hill Wherever ~t is not encroached upon by hauses-nnd thou pomts are fortunateh feu-the steep hills~de be~ow th~s proposed parkway should be acqwred and kept permanently opea to protect the v~ew The market velue of the ]and m queet~on ~s relehvele trtflmg becassse rt is for ~he moat part Wo steep to build on and most of ~t ~s xather ~aaccess~b]e R'he parkway it:elf would rnr- sSet of a dnve af mo3ente w~dth, say thirh~ feet, aad on the routhed} side ot ~t, commandmg the ~~eu, a broed promenadr or gathermg place, ~uth benches, the wnole beine shaded b~ rather closeh plan[xl [recs formmg a Icng and :amexhat wmd- mg ot ~negular grove ncher than mere roxs as m a=creet The promenade ar gro~e would van somewha[ m vdtli attrordmg to the shape of tlm hill, from a mmimum of tmel~e or fifreen tent up to perhap, hft~ or se~ent}-fne fee[ and wouln sometunes be on the swna ]evel as the dnve aad somet~mes a L~tle belox it The wacer requ~red for vngahon of thc trce= Rould be delivered on each part of the hdl from a simple fountam ah~ch might in one caze form the cen[r~l fea[ure of a concert gro~e ~~here tlie band could pla} accas~onally oa sum~ner e~enmgs a hme ~vhea thrs promeaade would be peculvarl} attmetne becau_e of catc!un~ e~erv brec.e that stirs across the cin The level land of the htlltop north of tUe pnrl,oa~ m~~ht 6e left m whole or m nart available for buddmg ;tre_ frontmg oa the parloaay In clus ease tLe mcreased ~alue oi :he land as a rault of thc opemns of'such a par~:wa) mu~ld off_+[ a xe.pecc- able share of the cost ot land and construcuan Bu[ u mou11 he very much finez d che whale top of the narrnn ndge could oe kept fore~er open .u a place of pubhc recreanon commandmg the v~ews tu the north and northaest as well ns thoee to the south aad eauthwes;. It ~s to be no[ed that tLe northem part of the hill ~s perhups more raloable at the present hme as a source of 6rick clap than for anp ot6er puryoee, and that rt wvuld probabl} Lx very costly to make an adverse talong whuh would iaterfere oitL the estab ]isned bnek mdustry dependent on the nse of the hill If, hov- ever, the city should dec~de on the parkway and establuh the grades thereof an advantageous co-operation with the bnck Fork; m~ght be broaght about, perm~ttmg them to remo~e the surplus matenal down to the grade of the parkway where rt is ~n heaw cnt at the north end wrth l~ttle or no espense ro the city, and then permrttwg them to czcavate to nn indeflmre enent along the aorth nde of cSe par7~way, pronded enough matenal were ]eft to suppo^ rt at the estabhshed grade If thu ~ere done the parkwny m th~s seehon would be a pecnliar and mterestmg cinc feature, a dr~vewa} and grove accesssble on ees grades but stand- mg i:ola[ed ac a le~el .~bo~e the roofs o: the ~~~ n~~ ahich .t uould laol- both north ~ra south to the ~nountam~ I2 ss important that snme decss~oa should he rexched eoon fnr while it would he equnllp convenient for the bnck worka ta ad~uct their eicarahona to the p]aa of a h~gh le~d parkway, they are not unlikely, ~n the absence of suclt a plan, [o e:cavate t6at porGOn of the ndge ovec wh~ch the parkway ;hould run, thus cromphcatmg or wholly b1ocL-wg the pro7ect 25 ~ ~lnother pomt o[ same topogzaphical meereu ior pnrk pur- poses ys ffie basin-I~ke ea!]e} rouad wluch the Farmers' Ihtch VALLEV IN NEWLANU'S makes a]arge loop ~n the \ewlands ADOITION Add~t~on lt ia true thac che so~ u a wretched, st~ff, alkaLne shale, very ill-adapted for the growtn o[ park vegetahon, soggv, wet, crold and undramed a most nu- prom~swg Leld trom a horheullwai standpomt ~Fevertheles, would ve gLdly nee a puk estabLshed khere, for the form of thc groun~l, ~nthm the Loundenes marked bp the Farmers' Ditch and FmtL Street and F~nt Aveane, u£rom tLe artisYa pwnt of v~ew mosF adm~rable, aad the way it I~es ~a relation to t6e vieKS af the faothills gnes opportumty tur the derelopmeat of e lxaubtul landscnpe ot a hpe nowhere else to Le tound m Bonl- der and nowhere else m the c~ty poss~ble ot creahon m so perfect a form ~ ~ V