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Mid-Month meeting, Summary Status Report on Parks Planning and Construction Projects~ City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department Parks Planning and Construction Division MEMORANDUM Pubhc Review Copy ~ ~ To: Members of the Parks and Recreahon Advisory Board From Chnsune Andersen, Deputy City Manager for Environmental Services Doug Hawthome, AcUng Director of Parks and Recreahon Kate Bernhazdt, Actmg Supenntendent of Pazks Planmng and Construchon Date October 8 2001 Sub~ect Summary Status Report on Parks Plannmg and Construchon Pro~ects A summary of the status of our plannmg and construction pro~ects is prov~ded below for your mformation. An updated status report will be provided to you m Mazch of 2002 CIP Update• In Apnl and May, the Board reviewed and approved a Pazks and Recrearion CIP plan In the mformauon presented to the Boazd, staff mdicated that the City Manager might reqwre a reduction m fundmg For CIP pro~ects, if the pro~ecrions for tax revenues changed. The Board approved applymg tlus potential shortfall to the fundmg for development of new pazks, with the understandmg that given fundmg shortfalls, it is a pnonty to mamtam adequate funds for mazntenance of the exishng system wtule defemng development of new facilities The City Manager has recendy reduced sales tax revenue pro~echons for 2002 based on current economic conditions and requests that Pazks and Recreation ad~ust the 2002 budget to address a $147,000 reduction. In the Apnl Board meetrng, staff recommended that ttus potent~al reduchon m revenues might be apphed to the Foottulls Commumty Park. At this hme, the 2002 fund 118 sales tax allocauon for Foothills Commumty Pazk does not have enough funds to cover th~s revenue shortfall because of the approved reallocauon of funding from the Footlulls Commumty Pazk to the North Boulder Recreahon Center. Staff is recommendmg that ttus $147,000 shortfall be apphed to 2002 Neighborhood and Pocket Park funds, $538,773. wluch would leave $391,000 m this category. Env~ronmental Sustamabilitv ProQrams. An envuonmental management audit was completed this yeaz for the Pazks and Recreation and Pubhc Works Transportation Departments, providmg staff with a hst of specific recommended goals The document may be viewed through the City's web site at www ci.boulder co us. At this website, select Lssues and Pro~ects, then select Environmental Management Audit Pazks Planmng staff is worlung on the goals assigned for pazk plamm~g and development work. The Parks Plamm~g Staff is also participatmg m a city-wide management group des~gned to address -1- enhancmg and documenhng environmental sustamability measures applied to the work of the City as an organizauon "~ ,...8 ~me and 17`" Pocket Pazk The Parks and Recreahon Department and the Pubhc Works Department shazed the cost of this s~te purchase which allowed the City to remove a residential umt from a dangerous flood location and provided a pocket pazk for tlus neighborhood. The Public Works Department plans to purchase two addihonal residenhal umts ad~acent to tlus srte m the future, as fundmg allows If additional sites aze purchased, the pazk w~ll mcrease m s~ze The Parks and RecreaUon Department created an mformal partnersh~p with a local envuonmental consultant and neighbor, Mr Patnck Murphy, to develop a natxve grass stand on the site You may obtazn mformation about this pro~ect, mcludmg photographs of the nahve grass stand, by visrtmg Mr Murphy's website at h~ //www myxyz.ore/ohmur~hv Tlus mtenm pazk development addresses Environmental Sustamabil~ty goals by providing a very water conservahon ground cover for the site as well as an educaUonal opportumty through Mr Murphy's website The final form of the pazk will be detemuned, chrough neighborhood rev~ew, when the additional properties aze purchased. 22"a Street Pocket Pazk (Recentlv named Lover's H~ll Pazk) Construcuon for ttus pocket pazk m the Whither Neighborhood was substantially completed m eazly September, providmg a walkway between Bluff and Mesa, a flagstone plaza and sithng azea with wonderful views of the footlulls, and new landscape plantmgs A tree will be mstalled m the plaza this fall to complete the pro~ect. The pazk, located witlun the 22nd Street Right of Way ,,,,~ between Mesa and Bluff Streets, was procured through an agreement wrth the Transportation ~, Department Staff addressed the plannmg recommendat~ons of the Citv of Boulder Environmental Audit Recommendations m prepanng plans for the pazk Addmonally, the passrve use funchon of this small pocket pazk allowed for a very water conservauve landscape design with no imgated turf Some of the environmental sustaznability elements in the pazk mclude • soil preparauon as specified m the Environmental Audit Recommendations • use of drought tolerant grasses throughout the pazk, except m plantmg beds • use of native, drought tolerant, and water-adaptable plant species • use of wood chip mulch m plantmg beds to enhance water retention • new imgation system designed for efficient use of water (dnp imgation of plantmgs, temporary imgahon of overall seeded azeas unal estabhshed) • temporary organic nethng and mulch for slope protection to ~tummize erosion or loss of water dunng seed germmation • selection of tree planhngs based on Forestry recommendahons relauve to Integrated Pest Management • Stazr and fence timbers treated with copper naphthanate, a more environmentally acceptable option than typical timber treatment with CCA, wtuch contams arsemc. • * see note at end of document ~ -2- r" The neighbors ad~acent to the site have expressed theu delight about the amemries provided in `•- tlus small pazk. Arleigh A. Burke Neiehborhood Pazk. Crtizen Imtiated Pro~ect• In 1998, the Pazks and Recreatron Advisory Board approved a ciuzen-mitiated pro~ect to place a U S. Navy anchor and memonal m the park The Burke's Beavers are currently workmg on construcuon of the memonal. Pazks Planmng and the Pazks Maintenance staff aze workmg closely wrth the Beavers to assure that tkus citizen-managed construcrion pro~ect meets city codes, safety, and mamtenance concems. Construction of the pro~ect is anucipated to be completed later flus year A dedicat~on service for the pro~ect is planned for nud to late October Basehne Middle School: SchooUPazk development: The final construcUOn elements for the Baselme Middle School schooUpazk development were completed in June. Ttus pubhc use facilrty on the school property was created through a~omt agreement between the Crty of Boulder and the Boulder Valley School Distnct to serve the Umversity Place neighborhood m Iieu of a sepazate city-owned pazk. This agreement came about after staff deternuned that there were no suitable srtes ava~lable for purchase m the neighborhood. This facility is also available for the neighbors of Bellvue Hills Neighborhood to use, although these neighbors must cross Baselme Road to access the pazk. The development provided two new tenms courts, a basketball court, srttrng azeas, and landscapmg Staff addressed the plannmg recommendations of the Citv of Boulder Environmental Audrt Recommendations m prepanng plans for the park Tlus schoollpazk development pnmanly serves achve recreation needs of the neighborhood. Some of the envuonmental sustamability elements m the schooUpazk development mclude • so~l prepazahon as specified m the Environmental Audit Recommendations • use of wood chip mulch and gravel fines for pass~ve azea surfacmg • use of nauve, drought tolerant, and water-adaptable plant species • use of wood chip mulch m plantmg beds to enhance water retention • new imgauon system designed for efficient use of water (dnp imgation of planungs, water efficient heads for small turf azea) • mimmal imgated turf azea • selection of tree plantmgs based on Forestry recommendations relative to Integrated Pest Management • * see note at end of document The Boulder Valley School Distnct will mazntam the pazk improvements Beach Neighborhood Pazk Play Area Renovation. The renovat~on of the children's play azea, a new and more accessible walkway, and a new pedestnan hghtmg system was completed m spnng of 2001 The Flatuon's Neighborhood celebrated these pazk improvements at a ne~ghborhood gathenng m May -3- Boyd Smelter Site / West of the Justice Center• The Boyd Smelter Site is located wittun neighborhood pazk property on the north side of Boulder Creek, west of the Boulder 7usuce Center at 6'" and Canyon Streets. The smelter and pazk site have been designated as an tvstonc landmazk. Members of Histonc Boulder, Inc. mitiated and funded a pro~ect to start the imUal planrung for the preservauon and development of the histonc smelter and pazk. Staff reviewed their plannmg recommendahons and draft conceptual master plan for the pazk Reseazch, planrung, and review processes to refine a master plan for the park would include. neighborhood meehngs, prepazahon of a Communrty and Environmental Assessment (CEAP), compleuon of a detuled envuonmental assessment specifically addressmg park development m the azea of radioactive matenals on the s~te, environmental studies to identify endangered plant and animal species, confirmation of wetland and floodway locaUOn and development consuaznts, confirmaUOn of public/pnva[e easements and development constramts, generation of pro~ect plamm~g and construcuon cost est~mates, and review by the Pazks and Recreauon Advisory Boazd. The pro~ect would also mvolve the Tnbutary Greenways, Boulder Justice Center, Public Works, and Plamm~g staf£ There is no fund~ng currently identified for the planmng or development of ttus site. Fundmg could be procured through grants, donations, and through use of Pazks and RecreaUOn neighborhood and pocket park funds The Boazd will be pnonhzmg pazk sites to be developed w~th these funds next yeaz The planning for this site will also encompass a pro~ect ~denhfied by the Plamm~g Department to honor Susan Osbome Staff recommends that a small committee be created mcludmg several members of the Pazks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Landmazks Board to review and provide mput on the Histonc Boulder, Inc. plans and proposal at this mihal stage, beanng m mmd that these plans may change as the pro~ect moves forwazd through the full reqwred rev~ew process Boulder Reservou In 1998, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved fundmg for renovahon pro~ects at the Boulder Reservoir Renovauon pro~ects completed pnor to 2001 mcluded • replacement of the underground fuel storage tank with a tank that meets current Environmental Protecaon Agency requirements • replacement of all docks, walkways, and ski rafts • renovahon of Concessiods Buildmg shower and restrooms Pro~ects completed m 2001 mclude: • overlot grading, an imgation system, sod, and electncal service along the south shore of the reservoir These improvements provided additional space for reserved large group picmc uses which w~ll address commumty needs and provide addmonal revenue for the facilrty. Large group picmc acriv~hes and associated recrearional play requue imgated bluegrass turf wh~ch has proven to be more tolerant of foot traffic, safe, and regeneratrve than other grasses for these lunds of mtense recreahonal uses. A hardy bluegrass blend with a drought tolerant species .uas selected Staff addressed the planmng recommendations of the C~tv of Boulder Environmental Aud~t -4- Recommendahons m prepanng plans for the reservoir improvements. Some of the environmental ~^ sustaznabil~ty elements of the pro~ect mcluded. ~~~ • mstallation of soil amendment, soil preparauon, and addihonal topsoil • new imgarion system designed for efficient use of water (water efficient heads for tur~ • * see notes at the end of the document Dnve- In Theater Pazksite The Boazd approved an agreement with the Housmg Authonty m June of 2000 to reserve a 2.1 acre parksite withm the proposed residential and mixed-use development at the Dnve-In Theater site, north of Yarmouth and west of US Highway 36. In 2002, Pazks and Recreahon fundmg will be used for development of mfrastructure, roads and utihUes, ad~acent to the new pazksite. The pazk development will proceed m future yeazs based on availabilrty of fundmg and pnont~zation of new pazk development by the Boazd. East of Eben G Fme Pazk The Pubhc Works Department purchased property (less than 1 acre) immediately east of Eben G. Fme Pazk to remove residential umts from a flood way. The Public Works Department will remove all structures from the srte, uhhzmg the full range of recychng opportumues provided through Resource 2000 The srte will be revegetated with drought tolerant grasses by spnng of next yeaz Ttus property will provide addiaonal land for Eben G Fme pazk, a very populaz neighborhood pazk wluch funcuons more reahsUCally as a regional pazk. Staff anacipates that there will be mterest from the neighbors and commumry to develop ttus pazcel, either with more recreauonal use azea or pazkmg Further planmng and developmen[ of this parcel would proceed based on availability of ~ fundmg and pnontization of new pazk development by the Boazd Eaton Ne~,~hborhood Pazk: Eaton Neighborhood Pazk was substanhally completed tlus July The park development mcluded mfrastructure ( road extension, walks, pubhc and pnvate uhhties), fencmg, soft surface trails, a small turf azea, a shade shelter, srthng azeas, landscapmg, a BMX and mountazn bike challenge course, and preservation of large azeas of exishng natural landscape The new park has been severely vandahzed on two occasions this summer, mcluding destruchon to 95% of the trees. Repazr of the most recent vandalized pubhc improvements, mcludmg tree replacement, will proceed later this yeaz and eazly next yeaz The Boazd accepted a gift of tlvs 23.8-acre site from Mr Eaton m 1996 and committed to expend $400,000 for design and construction of a neighborhood pazk on th~s property. A dedicahon ceremony for the pazk will be scheduled for next spnng Staff addressed the planmng recommendations of the City of Boulder Environmental Audit Recommendations m prepanng plans for the park Some of the envuonmental sustaznabihty elements m the pazk mclude preservation of 15 4 acres of wetlands, addition of fencmg and signage to protect wetlands ~ -5- • preservauon of 6 acres of uplands and drought tolerant grass areas • linuted imgated turf, less than one acre for park use ~ • use and enhancement of exishng bicycle challenge azea requinng only ccunor regradmg of exishng topography and mimmal imgation • restoration of drought tolerant grasses m disNrbed azeas (to be completed tkus fall) • so~l prepazahon as specified m the Environmental Audit Recommendahons • use of native, drought tolerant, and water-adaptable plant spec~es • use of wood chip mulch and weed fabric for landscape beds to enhance water retention and reduce weedmg requirements • new imgahon system designed for efficient use of water (dnp imgation of plantings, water efficient heads for small turf azea) • selection of trees based on Forestry recommendations relahve to Integrated Pest Management. • use of gravel fines and soft surfaced trails * see notes at end of document Elmer's Two Mile Neighborhood Park (Ins Hollowl Ttus neighborhood pazksrte was procured though an agreement with the Pubhc Works Department. The site previously funct~oned as a storm dramage channel for flood control purposes and contazned a concrete hned tnckle channel The Boazd approved a concept plan and CEAP for the pazk. An Army Corps Wetland Permit, city wetland, and a floodplam permit were obtamed eazlier tkus yeaz. The pro~ect was b~d m August, however the only bid rece~ved was substantially over the budget. The plans have been modified slighfly and the pro~ect wtll be rebid this fall with the mtention of ~ attractmg more competitive b~ds Staff addressed the plannmg recommendations of the Citv of Boulder Envuonmental Audrt Recommendat~ons m prepanng plans for the pazk. The park development mcludes a small acuve use turf azea, walks and trazls, a children's play azea, extensive wetland restoraaon, drought tolerant grass restoration, a pedestnan bndge, decks and observat~on azeas neaz the wetlands, and landscapmg. Some of the environmental sustainability elements m the park mclude • 61% of the site will be developed as "natural" wtuch mcludes wedand restoration and upland grass revegetahon azeas • the exisung concrete hmng for Elmer's Two Mile dramage will be removed and the area regraded and replanted to create new wetlands • pazk development will provide access to observe and en~oy wetlands • the ctuldren's play azea mcludes custom sculptural pieces to reflect natural elements of the site and the shade structure has been designed as a plant arbor with the intention of enhancmg the expenence of this site as a more natural park • soil prepazation as specified m the Environmental Audit Recommendations • use of gravel fines for some of the ua~l systems • use of native, drought tolerant, and water-adaptable plant species • use of wood clup mulch m plant~ng beds to enhance water retention • new imgahon system designed for effic~ent use of water (dnp imgation of plantmgs, water -6- ~ efficient heads for small turf azea) ~ • selection of tree plantmgs based on Forestry recommendauons relauve to Integrated Pest Management • use of recycled plastic deckmg m the envuonmental leammg azea • * see note at end of document Flaurons/Angel Pmes Facilitv~ The Boazd reviewed and provided an advisory recommendahon on master plannmg options for the Flatirons Golf Course and Angel Pmes Facility at the Apnl 23 meetmg Footh~lls Commumri Pazk. This is a 67 acre commumty pazksite located at Locust and 9w Streets m north Boulder The ma~onty of the Phase 1(45 acres) was completed m 2000 providmg a large open mulu-use turf azea, a sleddmg tull, a storage, mazntenance and restroom buildmg, commumty gazdens, a cluldren's play azea, a small basketball court, an older youth play azea, two roller hockey courts, nat~ve grass revegetahon, walks and trails, sithng and picmclnng facihties, a shade shelter, roads, pazkmg, uuhues, pubhc art enhancements, and associated mfrastructure. Imgahon and landscapmg for Phase 1 will be completed this fall Phase 2, wluch will proceed by phases over the next five to six years, will provide roads and padang, walks and trails, tenms courts, volleyball courts, a lazge public plaza, lazge group picmc azeas and covered facihaes, unhghted baseball and softball fields, a dog exercise azea, and native revegetauon azeas is scheduled to proceed next yeaz. 'The pazk development process addresses the environmental sustaznability measures listed m the ~ above pro~ects relative to soil prepazahon, plant selection, imgation system design, use of mulches, use of soft surface ttails, and restorahon of native grass azeas Some addihonal environmental sustunabihry measures include• • development of a senes of water detenhon azeas across the site to detam ram waters on site, to cleanse the waters through grass and soil filtration, and to mimmize run-off • design and development of an imgauon system wluch will ut~lize non-potable water from the Silver Lake Ditch, when avazlable, to imgate 7 acres of the pazk (maa~imum azea avazlable for imgaUon by drtch shazes) • at bwld-out, 77% of the site wfll be developed for active recreauon uses and mfrastructure and 23% of the site will be preserved or restored with nat~ve and naturalized drought tolerant grass azeas. • pazk development provides a satellite Pazks Maintenance Facihty which rcummizes use of natural resources and staff hme dnving to and from this lazge pazk and other north azea pazksites from the City Yazds Mamtenance Facihry • park hghhng has been mimnuzed to provide only secunty hghhng to preserve energy and address neighborhood concems • the commumty gardens have been designed to fully support organic gazdemng processes • the commumty garden's water feature uhlizes Silver Lake Drtch water, retummg tkus water to the ditch irrigation system, which mimmizes water consumpuon • recycled plastic wood was used for some of the picruc tables and benches ~ ~ • recycled matenals (plast~c and metal) were used m some of the childreds play structures • preservaUon of the npanan azea and assoc~ated grasslands along Silver Lake ditch "~ * see note at end of document "` Staff explored the possibility of providmg multiple recychng receptacles on site for the pubhc to recycle cans, glass, contamers, etc The Ciry's current recychng vendor is not wilhng to service public pazks, because they aze unable to control the contanunation of recycled products in this type of pubhc settmg Fortune Pocket Pazk Tlus small pocket pazk at 4'~ and Canyon was grven to the Crty by Sheila Fortune on the condition that rt would only be used as a pubhc pazk. There is an existmg residential umt on the south end of the property which is unsuitable for habitaaon and currently secured to protect it from public use. Some Council members have expressed mterest m replacmg tlus structure wrth affordable housmg umts, however there aze no current plans to move forward with this The Boazd and City Council approved a lot lme ad~ustment for tkus pazk eazlier this yeaz, and this ad~ustment has been legally processed Development of the park w~ll depend on fundmg availabil~ty and pnontization of new pazk development by the Boazd. Hickorv Srte / Tree Farm Site In early 2001 an agreement was completed with the City of Boulder Transportahon Department to procure a 1 37-acre Transportation site east of Foothills Pazkway and south of Baselme Road for neighborhood pazk uses The south half of the site will be available for development when Pazks and , Recreauon can provide the Transportahon Department with an area to store plant matenals, currently ~„ stored at ttus site. Th~s summer, the north portion of the s~te was developed by Growmg Gardens ( a non-profit organizauon that manages the City's commumty gazden program) wuh new 28 organic gazdens. Lone Ran~e Plannmg efforts This summer, the long range plannmg staff lured two consulting Firms to assist in compleang a Parks and Recreauon Ciazen Survey and a Pazks and Recreauon Needs Assessment m preparation for updatmg the Pazks and Recreation Master Plan next year The results of ttus work will be available ]ater tlus yeaz and eazly next yeaz. The informauon from the survey and inventory will also assist the staff and Boazd m evaluahng proposals for partnered development of the Valmont City Pazk Other long range Pazk and Recreation plamm~g efforts contmue through work with the Plamm~g Department on revisions to the Communrty and Environmental Assessment Process (CEAP), review of Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan land use map and text changes, partic~paung as a review member of the City's Development Review Commrttee, and updatmg Parks and Recreation performance measures Mann Dakota Rid~e Neighborhood Pazk In September of 2000, the Board approved an agreement with the Mann Dakota Ridge developer to provide a 3-acre parksite withm this new development located north of Lee Hill Road. This -8- neighborhood pazk will serve expandmg residenhal development m that azea of town The Parks and .-~ Recreation Department will provide fundmg m 2001 for roads and uhlity mstallations bordenng the ~., pazk property, along with imtial gradmg and drought tolerant grass reseedmg of the pazk parcel. Fumre development of this neighborhood park will depend on funding availability and pnonhzation of new pazk development by the Boazd. Mesa Memonal Church site purchase• In 1999, the Boazd approved the purchase of a 1.7 acre neighborhood pazksrte at Mesa Memonal Church site, located north of Table Mesa Dnve between Yale and Hartford Dnve Staff has completed the subdivision process for the srte and is workmg on the final site purchase requirements Mountam Ocean ~urchase The Mountazn Ocean site is a.87-acre site which contams a 8,687 squaze foot office/production/ warehouse buildmg. The site is located east of Airport Road on the south side of Valmont Street surrounded by the Valmont City Pazksite. Staff has been workmg with the owner of the Mour~tam Ocean property, Mr. Tom Ben~amm, for several yeazs to obtazn this property The current ophon under considerahon mvolves creating a buildmg development lot for Mr. Ben~amm at the northeast comer of Stazio Ballfields Phase 2, east of Stazio Dnve and south of Butte Mille Dnve This buildmg lot would be mcluded m the payment to Mr Ben~anun for the Mountam Ocean property Tlus ophon was reviewed and approved by the Boazd last year. Staff and the Mountazn Ocean representahve have prepazed and submitted a concept plan review apphcation to the Plamm~g Department. Staff will obtam an apprazsal for the two properties if the Planmng and Development Review Comments of the concept plan confirm that the proposed commerc~al development at the " Stazio srte would be feasible. Staff will contmue to update the Boazd on this pro~ect ~ North Boulder Recreauon Center Remodel and Expansion: The Boazd approved addihonal fundmg for this facility m Apnl and May of 2001. The remodel and expansion pro~ect is proceedmg on schedule It is anticipated that construcuon will be completed m the fall of 2002 The proposed remodel and addition will mcrease the existing 35,000 square foot facility to a 61,670 squaze foot fac~lity Env~ronmental sustamability goals have been addressed through design of a buildmg that meets the Intemahonal Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2000 Buildmg Parameters and that will receive a Silver Standazd from the Umted States Green Building L.eaderslup m Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS). The pro~ect is bemg funded ($11,195,372 mcludmg condngency) predommantly from Pazks and Recreahon Funds, with some money provided from the Facihty and Asset Management and Art m the Park Funds Scott Carpenter Pazk Plac~ue Staff is awaihng review of the bronze mock-up artist~c elements before approving the final plaque for cashng The plaque will be mstalled this fall Skatepark at Scott Carpenter: The Skatepazk was substantially completed m 2000 A formal dedicahon of the facihty was held m November, 2000 Final detazls of this new facihty development, restoration of the imgaaon system f -9- and new landscapmg, were completed this summer Tenms Court Resurfacmg Fundmg is allocated annually for the repur and resurfacmg of tenms courts.'I'his year's fundmg was used to resurface four tenms courts at Centenmal Middle School The resurfacmg was completed in August, 2001 Tom Watson Park Plavground Refurbishment The Tom Watson Pazk Playground will be renovated as part of an on-gomg pazk and play area refurbishment program. The Boazd approved a budget for this playground refurbishment as part of the 1999 Capital Improvements Pro~ect (CIP) Staff held a pubhc meetmg on Mazch 1", 2001 The pro~ect has been on hold m response to current reduced staffing levels It is anhcipated that the pro~ect design will proceed this fall, wrth review by the Boazd m mid wmter Valmont Cit +~Pazk The Boazd received a detailed update m the September 24 packet A bnef summary• • Phase 1 is under construcaon Construction is anticipated to be completed by late spnng or eazly summer of 2002 • The Public and Pnvate Partnerslup development is bemg managed by the Management and Planmng Assistance Team for Valmont C~ty Pazk (M-PAT) M-PAT and staff have discussed elements of the Pubhc and Pnvate Partnership process m several meehngs tlus spnng mcludmg a presentation on Sponsorstups scheduled for the September 24 meehng • Staff is pursumg options to support the purchase of the Mountazn Ocean site and bu~ld~ng Staff and the owner of Mountain Ocean have submitted a concept plan for proposed development of a commercial buildmg at Stazio Ballfields phase 2 Environmental Sustamability Staff addressed the planmng recommendahons of the Citv of Boulder Environmental Audrt Recommendations m prepanng plans for the pazk. Some of the environmental sustaznabihty elements in the park include • As directed by PRAB and City Council m the May 8, 2001 Study Session, based on the Wildl~fe Study completed by Steve Jones, the park plan will provide for a mmimum of 27% of the srte to be preserved or further developed w~th native planUngs for wildhfe comdors Staff and the MPAT will explore expandmg the amount of wildlife comdor space alo~g the east property hne through detailed design of facilities as pubhc and pnvate partnership development opuons aze confirmed for the site • proceedmg with necessary planmng, engmeenng, survey, and site clean-up work to start mihal wildhfe comdor planhngs along a stnp of the east property hne • design and contounng of the overall site to spread the Wonderland Creek flood impacts over a broad [urf and grass azea, ehnunatmg a need for deep or concrete hned flood channels • soil prepazation as specified m the Envuonmental Audit Recommendations • use of natrve, drought tolerant, and water-adaptable plant species -10- • use of wood chip mulch and filter fabnc for landscape beds to enhance water retenhon and r mimnuze weedmg requirements ``~. • provision of the clup mulch for all landscape beds through cluppmg on-site trees that were removed to accommodate Phase 1 construchon • new imgat~on system des~gned for efficient use of water (dnp imgation of planungs, water efficient heads for small turf azea) • selection of uees based on Forestry recommendauons relaave to Integrated Pest Management. • use of gravel fines and soft surfaced trazls • realignment of exisung storm draznage hnes to provide some surface flows for the Wonderland Channel and additional cleansmg of storm waters by filtenng through wetland and native grass plantmgs • selective removal of weed trees, Sibenan Elm, and replacement with more desirable species • mstallaUOn of 246 new trees which provide air cleansmg amemhes to the commumty and wildhfe shelter and food • development of a native wildhfe use azea and comdor along Wonderland Creek channel by mstallahon of native grasses, trees, and shrub thickets * Additional Environmental Sustamabihty Notes: • Pazk development pro~ects which mvolve public improvements such as• water hnes, sewer hnes, storm dramage hnes, sidewalks, roads, curb and gutter, public street lightmg, hazd ~ surfacmg, etc. aze des~gned to meet the current City and/or state and federal construction regulat~ons. Other c~ty staff may be workmg on review of those standazds withm their azea of authonty, to identify potenual improvements of environmentally sustamable construcrion. Imgahon Design: Imgation systems have improved greatly over the past 10 years to provide for a more effic~ent use of water. New imgahon systems for the pazks under development (Elmer's Two Mile, Lover's Hill Pazk, Footkulls Commumry Pazk, Valmont City Pazk, Columbme Pazk, North Boulder Recreahon Center remodel, Mapleton Ballfields renovation) prov~de water savmg features mcludmg: a) Spnnkler heads aze designed to distnbute water droplets evenly throughout the watered azea, mimmizmg the need to overwater m order to address dry spots b) Dnp imgahon lines and emitters m shrub and perenmal beds place the water directly at the base of the plant, ehmmatmg loss of water due to evaporation or wmd dnft, and numnuzmg weed growth m plantmg beds c) New vandal-resistant imgahon heads and pipmg systems mmimize loss of water created when vandals kick off or remove imgation heads d) New imga[ion heads contazn check-valves wluch mlubit loss of water drammg from the lowest head m the ]me after a wa[enng cycle has ternunated c) For lazger pazksites (Valmont, North Boulder Recreation Center remodel, ° -11- ~ Footluils Commumty Pazk) the new imgauon systems will be connected to the Ciry's Master Controller. Currently this controller allows staff to momtor and watenng conditions 7 days a week 24 hours a day and to control multiple site irrigation systems from a smgle locat~on. The Master Controller will be updated m 2002 to allow the conuoller to shut off automaucally if there is an unusually lazge flow of water m the system (break m a mam hne), and to ad~ust watenng schedules based on weather condiuons e) At Valmont, a new underground dnp imgat~on system (Netafim or Techlme) will be mstalled m sod azeas m nght of way stnps and street islands Th~s will ehmmate loss of water due to evaporahon or wmd dnft. ~ Staff is seekmg surtable sites to locate three weather stauons which will allow for more sophisticated momtonng of weather conditions and ad~ustment of imgation based on precipitation, wmds, and evapotranspiration rates Attachments City of Boulder Pazk Locauon Map -12- ..,...._~-~~_____.~........_~.~,~._~,~w,~Y,~...,.~....~_.«_,,, _W., v~,~n ,~ ~,...n„ , ~ . ~~__. 22nd Street Pocket Park (Blue 8ky Hill) Alpine 8 77th Parkalte Arleigh A. Burke Nalghborhood Park Baseline Mlddle School Beach Nelghborhood Park Bouldar Reservolr Centennlal Mlddle School Drive-in Theater Parksite Eaton Nelghborhood Park Eben G. Fine Park Elmer's Two Mile Nelghborhood Park (IHs Hollow) Flatirons / Angel Plnes Facllity Foothills Communily Park Fortune Pocket Park Nickory Site / Tree Farm 81te Mann Dakota Ridge Nelghborhood Park Mesa Memorlal Church Mounlain Ocean North Boulder Recrestion Cenler Parksite W. of Justice Center (Boyd 8melter) Scott Carpen4er Park Tom Watson Park Valmont City Park ~ ; € , , i ~ ~ , a , ~