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Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Mid Month Packet Memo, Follow up information from the October PaCity of Bouider Parks and Recreation Department ,.~ Parks Planning and ConstrucHon Division ~ MEMORANDUM To: Nlembers of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board From: Christine Andersen, Deputy City Manager for Environmental Services Doug Hawthorne, Acting Director of Parks and Recrearion Kate Bernhardt, Acting 5uperintendent of Parks Planning and Construction Date: November 5, 2001 Subject: Follow up information from the October Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting: • Undeveloped parksite information • Updating the park locarion, service area, and identificarion maps • Park acquisition program • Palo Park / Four Mile park and school district discussions UNDEVELOPED PARK INFORMATION As part of the CIP review m Apnl, the Board received mformation summanzmg the status of the Master Plan recommendations, mciudmg mformation about undeveloped parksites. Attached is a list of undeveloped parksites (Attachment A) and a Neighborhood Pazk Service Area Map ~ showmg the undeveloped park locations. The Pazks and Recreation Department has 184 acres of undeveloped pazk property, not mcluding the City Pazk property (191 acres) purchased m Area III. The undeveloped park properties mclude: 14 Neighborhood and Pocket Parks (28 acres total) 2 Commumty Pazks (37 acres to be developed) 1 City Park, Vaimont C~ty Park (119 acres to be developed) In addrtion~to the long term commitment to complete these parks, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan provides a recommendahon to develop new playgrounds m specific existmg neighborhood and pocket parks: North Boulder Subcommumty• Cataipa Park South Bouider Subcommumty Bear Creek Pazk Southeast Boulder Subcommumty Aurora 7 and T'hunderbird Pazks Funding and est~mated costs The CIP allocates roughly $700,000 per year for development of Neighborhood and Pocket Parks. Current park plannmg and development costs aze estimated at $175,000 to $200,000 or more per ~ acre, depending on the size and scope of the pro~ect. Playb ound development costs range from ~ $133,000 to $200,000 per play azea, based on pro~ects constructed withm the past five years. It is anticipated that the 28 acres of undeveloped neighborhood and pocket pazks and proposed new playgrounds m ex~stmg pazks will be developed during 10 to 15 year penod, grven current '~ funding sources ""` Funding has been idenrified m the six-year CIP for further development of the Foothills and East Boulder Commumty Pazk srtes (37 acres). This development will proceed over the next six or more years No pubhc fundmg has been identified for add~tional development of Valmont City Park, following complerion of Phase 1(13 acres) UPDATING THE PARK LOCATION. SERVICE AREA. A1VD IDENTIFICATION MAPS• Staff is currently workmg on mmor revisions to the Neighborhood Service Area Map and to a park system s~te idennfication map Copies of the revised maps will be forwarded to the Pazks and Recrearion Advisory Boazd PARKSITE ACQUISITION PROGRAI~I Board members have mentioned the desirabihry of procunng addinonal park property as pazk of general discussions (srte near Hickory Pocket Pazk, possible site m the Four Mile or Palo Pazk subdivtston area). There are no allocated funds m the CIP for acquisition of more neighborhood or pocket parks wrth the esception of $ l OQ000 per year funding allowance startmg m 2004. .~, Staff conducted a pazkstte acquisuion program to accomplish the recommendations of the Pazks and Recreation Master Plan, usmg fundmg provided by the 25 cent sales tas mcrease which was approved by voters m 1995. In 1999 and 2000, the Pazks and Recreation Advisory Board agreed that the goals of the parksue acquisition program had been met and'recommended that a surplus of $6,000,000 m bonded funds, idenrified for park srte acquisrtion, be used to espedrte pro~ects lilce the North Boulder Recreat~on Center renovation. Ctty Council reviewed this proposal m July of 1999, and agreed wrth the recommendahon wrth the condrtion that money (~100,000 per year) be reserved for acquismon as shown in the CIP Please see Attachment B, City Council Presentarion Notes PALO PARK ADID FOUR MILE NEIGHBORHOOD / POCKET PARK DISCUSSIONS Staff is providmg an addrtional map, an excerpt of the Neighborhood and Pocket Pazk Service Area Map, for the Board's reference on the issues relatmg to potenrial park acquis~tion in the azea of 47`~ and Jay. Staff is awainng the resulu of a Boulder Valley School Distnct updated needs assessment and associated decistons regarding procurement of a portion of 47'~ and Jay site for a schooi srte If a school is developed at th~s locahon, and if the neighborhood pazk needs are mcreased due to additional residenrial development, the Pazks and Recreation Department would explore the possibil~ty of a ~omt use agreement for the school site to address park needs. A June 14 memorandum to the Boazd provided more detail about this issue and is attached to the map ~ ...,- Attachment A: Undeveloped park list and map '~ Attachment B: City Council Presentation Notes " Attachment C: Palo Pazk and Four Mile areas: Neighborhood and Pocket Park Service Area Map ~ ~ v.y. • Attachment A C~ty oi Boulder Parks and Recreation • Parks Plannmg and ConsVUetion DlWSion UNDEVELOPED PARKS INVENTORY (DRAF~ ~ 25-0et-01 ~ Note Date acquired and acres are approximate in some pses Further research wili be conducted to confirm ° this infortnaLOn Parksrte name and loeation 1 PJpine Pocket Park (Alpine and 17th/SW comer) 2 Holiday Theater Site Pocket Pk North of Yarmouth /east of Broadway 3 Dakota Ridge Pocket Park North of Lee Hiil D~ve / west of Broadway 4 Elks Site Neighborhood Park East of 26th Street / south of Jay Road 5 East Boulder Commurnty Park 55th and Sioux Dnve! 55 acres total 6 East of Eben Fine Park / 299 Arapahoe 7 47th and Jay Four Mile subdivision lopbon PotenUal ne~ghborhood or pocket park in con~unc- hon with school site procurement and development 8 Foothills Community Park (9th Molet 67 acres tofal) ~ 9 Fortune Pocket Park (4th and Canyon / NE comer) 10 Goose Creek Pocket Park West of 281h / north of Valmont 11 Halcyon School site 31st and Bucknell '12 Hickory Site Pocket Park East of Foothills Highway / north of Baseline 13 Mesa Memonal Pocket Park Table Mesa and Yale, NW comer ~4 Valmont Ciry Park Airport and Valmont Roads Total pk 132 aaes 15 Sinton Pocket Park (27th and WalnutlSW camer) 16 Violet Ne~ghborhood Pk (Boulder Valley VI) North of ~olet at 17th SVeet 17 Violet and Broadway (NOrth Bo Comm Center) West of Broadway near Volet 18 West of JusUCe Center (Boyd SmHter Sde) South of Canyon / west of Jus6ce Center 19 Area III Ciry Park Date Neighborhd. Community City Park Acquired Pockat Park Park aeres to be acres to be aeras W ba developed developed developed 1997 0 28 2000 21 2000 3 1999 7 9 '1984-85 15 2001 0 5 not acq 1985 22 1998 0 33 not acq 0 75 not acq 0 7 1999 0 7 2001-02 1 7 'I997-99 119 1993 0 68 1987 7 23 not acq 1972 2 5 1997 W 99 191 ~ Neighbafiood and Pocket Parks (13 sdes) to be developed 28 37 Commuruty Parks (2 sdes) Oo be developed City Park (Nea 1) (1 sde) to be devebped City Park Area III 37 11 191 ~ ..+. .~-. ~ 0 4 . -•+ ~ ~ ~~~~ ; 4 ~/ ~~ ~ ~ - ~ Resenoir ~ ' ( ~i ~ M~ r-~.. ~ ~, i'1°1 ~ ~ ~ ' ~ ~ , ~ p1 i~ ~ , ~ i f ~ ~. ~ ~ l ~ ~~ ~ ~ ','~,~;~~8 ! y'-;_ , ' , ',, , i ~ .. ~/ ~,,;:- ~ ,, \~ ., ~ 5 ~ ~: ~,.~ i ; , ~ , ~~~~ ~~ , ~ ~ y ,f -~y' ,r' ~ ~- :~° ~,j` ~ . . . . i __ '.-~r\` `~ ' .9~I~o.,. ` ~ .. ~~' ~,J / / ~~ ~: i ~ ' ~ .~ ~~ ~~ ~ , 1. ',,.. .., ~~~~.~ .. ~~ , J''-~ SauN BwiMer Rd. / - a, ~. _. .~~...u I F _ ,, ,:.:r~ ;aa,~--, -^"~..: -- --~ . ~ : ~ ~ ~ ~ ' „i ~ ~' , z. ~ , i a `'- '' ~/'f ~ ~ . 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Bond Refunding/Restructuring ~.,, July 20, 1999 Bond Refiuiding/Restructuring - Cappie Fme - 5 minutes Neighborhood and Pocket Pazk Policy - Chns Dropu~slu - 5- minutes L What was the history and philosophy behind the ballot issue and how does this effort relate to P&R Master Plan? FTistory provided in written matenals so I'll focus on philosophy) A Plulosophy 1 Ballot issue uses m alisnment with the Parks and Recreauon ~Iaster Plan (standards re~newed recently-discussion included m packet) 2. acquire land - more space for pazks, get land now before tt's too (ate 3 take care of what we have 4. provide for development of ~,Yisung and newly acquued tands 5 provide for operauons and maintenance throughout the te.~cn of the tssue (somewhat controversial because of the question, what happeas after ZO1~~) B Bondin~ 1 acquisition first priority smce land was disappeanng quickly-the nme was now or never Imnal desire to bond for mult~ple uses put aside so that we could meet acqu~sition goals Concern noted at the tune that renovation would be desued/needed sooner than Punding cos~ing in "ove: tune" ~voulc :r.cst ii:c~?y ~ allow 2 acquisinon language limited to purchase of uo to 26 acres of neighborhood and pocket park sites (un to ~9 ~M m bonded funds) Boazd wanted to make sure the public lmew pazucularly that acquisinon of neighborhood and pocket parks would be based on the ~taster Plan standards and feazed a possible pe:cepnon that any land and any amount of land could be acquired 3 After plan for use of ~13vi for large parcel was solidified, ~29 4M m bonds sold m December of 1996 All funds are requued to be expeaded by tlie end of 2001 II. How did we go about determining where parjcs were needed" A Service Area vlaQpin~ done to show underserved azeas (1/4 and 1/2 au service rad"u); then identified all parceis of land m the azea wiuch Rught serve the need (5~ uurial parcels) , B Strategies: looked at pubhc tand, pnvate empry lots, and any other property recommended to us that fit the ~faster Plan cntena, after some ininal staff work and review by the PR~B, 26 sites were pursued C Strategies: 1 Outnght Purc!~ase (Eik's sue) 2. Negotiated intergovernmentat agreements (Baseline-~omt use with BVSD ~„~„ 3 Negoriated mterdepartmental a~reements (Iris Hollow ~oint use with City Flood ~ Control) 4 Donanons (Eaton Pazk in Gunbarrei) 5 Dedicanons (Theatre site) ,,.* 6 Neither staff nor PRAB desired to pursue eminent domain for neighborhood _ parks III. What is the current siatus of acquisitions program? A 3 of 5 sites acquued by other than outright purchase B Over 17 acres acquired to date (plus 22 acres az Eaton park, approx. 1 acres scheduled to be developed j:~nother 6- acres under consideration and another 7 sites of unlaiown acreage to be constdered for the future C Through a diLgeat and creauve effort to provide neighborhood park services, we expect to be able to fulfill the commrtment made to the voters without expending all of the funds that were bonded for ttus purpose PR~B and staff are very pieased that we have been so successful at acquuzng pazk land m locauons to meet the service area needs through strate~es other than oum¢ht purchase IV. Why not buy more park land than master plan called for? 1 PRAB considered ttvs but knew we did not have funding for ongoing operanng and maintenanca costs for much beyond the ?6 acres 2 Takmg care of what we have was deternuned to be a lugher pnority than acquuzng more land V. So, what are we tryin~ to take care of that we already have? A The North Boulder Recrearion Center is in need of a major renovation and would benefit from the development of revenue potenual through e:cpansion of the facility Tlus need was identified through the viaster Plan and the bailot issue, however up front funding was not possible at that planivng stage Using the une~cpected savings from the neighborhood/pocket pazk acqws~rion program towazd this project would be very much in keeping with the desue espressed by the voters through the ~taster Plan and the 1995 ballot issue B A one acre pazcel of land m the middle of the Vaimont Pazk site along Valmont Road is in p:ivate ownerstup It was not included in the onginal purc3~ase plan because of limited available funds and the cost due to the improvement m the form of a light industrial building on the pazcei. Tlus pazcel is desirable as a lo~cal part of the park site and has also been idennfied as a resolution for Pazks and Recreauon office and work space needs tdentified in the Vfaster Plan. C Up-front funding for the development of sevezal park sites acquired through recem efforts. ~ VL What strategies did we consider for dealing with the resultant savings? A Factors 1~6vf m savuigs ~s estimated as a result of bemg able to fulfill the goal of the neighborhood/pocket pazk acquisiuon program at a much reduced cost due to .^"s, alternative acquisition strate~ies. Due to the language regarding the bond fund, use of the fund is limited to acquisition and has a 2001 deadline on expendinue of ~""" the funds. "' 2. Any strategy for dealing with the savings would continue to allow for acquisitions in the future as prioritized with other needs. B. Oppommity 1 Market conditions are right to consider an advance refunding of the bonds which can also be combined with the $6M cash contnbution toward paymem of debt service. C Options 1. Advance Refiuiding of all Parks Acquisition Bonds-level savings 2. Advance Refunding of all Parks Acquisition Bonds-up front savings D. What did the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Recommend? 1. Considering that the maximum goal for neighborhood/pocket pazk land is close to being met, and is anricipated to be met, leaving a sutplus of ~bM in bond funds, the PRr~B recommends through the CIP budget proposal that the funding left over &om park land acquisitions be used to expedite projects like renovation of the North boulder Recreation Center and developing newly acquired park sites 2. Since the bond funds are restricted to acquisition only, the PR~B is recommending an advance refunding/restructuring of the bond debt service with a resultant up-front savings which can then be used to expedite other projeas arrticipated in the 1995 ballot issue ~ ~.^` ~,.. m ~ m ~ n. 1 , ~ 1 ; e ~, ~ ~ ~ ~ ~\ ~ ~~ nm~~o~, 3~yc~m ~.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~N 3 ~ ~ , W o° o ' » o O O O O ~ ~ ~~ ~~ o ~i2~~ „ o~~~ ~ ~ ~ . 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Assistant Qry ~fanager Dou~ Hawthone, Actms Parks and Recreauon Co-Dueccor L:nda Korowski. Acuns Parks and Recreauon Co-Director Cate Bradley, Planner ~ S(~~BJECT: Park and Rzcreauon Servues to the Palo Pazk Subcommunity D<1TE: lune 1-1. ?QO1 In response to concerns rmsed by resideats oY Four ~hle Cre~!c and surroundm_ ne:shoorhoods staff has prepared ~he followms backsround infoanauen ~ The Palo Psdc subcommunity (see a[tached map) is largely outs~de oi [he Boulder cirr hmics. althouah the Four ~Iile Cre~!c subdivision ts wtthtn the city l~mits The City has provided de~elopment and mamtenance fundma for che three pubhc par?:s servm? the area CentrallSouth Palo Park, 3 1 acres East Palo Park. -F acres, includmg a playground Votth Palo Par!c. Z.3 acre~ mcludms tenms couns ~ These o.uks were acqu.red ~n the 1y60's [hrough an asrzemea~ with the develoFer of Palo Par'.c. pnor tu the eatabIi~hmen[ of [he current park service standards Tne Four ~Iile CreeE subdivision wns .ilso aporoved pr.or ~o thz adopaon of the current standards Ac~ordms to the 1996 Parks and Rec:eation ~faster Plan. a"ne:ghborhood par;" should be a cmmmum of :ive neres m~ize. while a"poc!ce: park" will be under five acres, but wiA ~enerally fall a[ the lowe: end of the ran~e The standards also state that "parks becween [hree and flve acres would ~enerally be viewed ,u subscandard sue ne:shoorhood pazks " Thus ~he Palo Par!c subcommumty is served by one pocket park and two sub-siand.u~d aize nei~hborhocd parks, [or a total of 9 9 ac:es in [hz ~ubcommum[y linder [he currenc standards approrimately [wo-thirds or more of che esisuns Four viile Cree!c subdivtsion is seroed by Palo East and Palo North par:cs, each with a one-quarcer tmle service radius. The remainin~ vacant parcels m[he subcommumry are l:ir~ely outside of [he service areas of che existm; p.u~k stres. In the event of annexat~on and addiaonal residenual developmen[ m these areas, opuons for addiuonal park acreage would be revtewed. Dependms on the stze of the parcel where new de~~elopment is proposed a fi~e acre purk site may or may not be Teasible. .~ccordms ro the atandards. "parks under the tive acre standard may be acqmred ~o help meet r.ei~hborhood park needs where no uther suitable alternaaves exist." The standards have not funcuoned m the development revtew process ro mandate che proviston of a five acre ~ite m ail mstances ~ r.. The Parks and Recreation Department has pannered with the B VSD on a number of pro~ecis and would be open to discussme the possibility of developing a park in con~uncuon with a school on one of [he vacant parcels, m the zvent that the BVSD decides to purchase property in this area for °"'~ a school si[e. - The Pleasant View Fields soccer/rusby complex is a speciahzed recreation faciIlty stmilar to [he Stazio softball complex, the East ~fapleton softball fields or the Flanrons Golf Course The Parks and Recreation Department has never cateeonzed Pleasant View Fields as a nei~hborhood park, nor was it coun[ed roward meecins neishborhood park standards for th~s subcommunuy in the 1996 Parks and Recreauon ~[ascer Plan.~The City of Boulder zonin~ designaaon tor all parks and recreauon sites is "P-E" or "pubhc zstablished " No distmcuon is made be[ween park sites and recreational facilities tn term~ of zomn~ W'uh respzct to the ne~Cl FOC 1~1C2 IR :he Palo Park subcommuniry for addicional ball tields, no proposal ~o acquire land ac ~'th .uid Jay tor b;isebalUsoftball fie!ds has beea considered by staff or the Parks and Recreauon ad~~ uor. Board. The Parks and Recrea[ion de~elopment excise taxes collected on new dwzllms units ~o m[o the Permanent Parks and Recreanon fund pool. These iunds are used to sunpor*. acqui~tuon. development and renovation of park and recreation faciliues Funds are not earm:u'.<zd to sen e a specific de~elopment unless an asreement has been ente:ed m[o with a developer for dedicauon of a public park site, as pan oi ~he ciry developmen~ review process. Funds from areas of aew de~elopment are typically no[ sufficient to fully fund acquisinon and devzlopmen[ oF a park ~ue The Permanent Park and Recreaaon funds are used to support a vanety of cagual imgrovemen~ pro~ects as reviewed and approved by the Parks and Recreanon Advisory Board and City Counc:l The construction of a new plaveround ac East Palo Park is an example of [his «pe of ,.~,, pro~ect. Devzlopment oi the Foothills Commumty Park which serves residznts wittun a thre~ and one-half crule service radius would be another example, as would be improvemencs [o recreation centers, pools, and a~hlenc faciliues which ser~e ~he znure commumty P.lternautiely, provuion of a park withm the Four ~file Creek subdivtsion could have be:n prov,ded'~v the developer as a pmate HOA facihty The developmenc oi wedand auusauon ueas wuhm che subdivis~on was not funded by the Parks and Rzcreation Department Parics and R~crez[ion ~taif have re~iewed proposed chanses to the Bouider ~;ille,~ Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) on mulnpie occasions over the pas~ two ye.us and ha~e aro~ided comments to the Plannmg Dep~utmeat statf. The Parics and Recreanon advisory Board h.is also reviewed upda[es to [he BVCP with cicy plamm~o staff. For further mformauon or quesuons about dus item. contac: Cate Bradley at 30=/~1~-7336 .~,.,