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4 - Items from the DirectorP""~ `~+~. PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT July 13, 2000 MEMORANDUM ~.... To: Members of the Pazks and Recreation Advisory Board From: Chris Dropinski, Director Re: Items from the Director DO NOT REMOVE - PRAB File Material The following information was provided to all Mountain Pazks and Open Space staff by Susan Honstein, HROE, on behalf of the Group of Five Consensus Group; consisting of Chris Dropinski, Ann Wichmann, Jim Crain, Mike Patton and Susan Honstein. Consensus Grouo Undate This note is an update to all Mountain Pazks Division and Open Space/Real Estate Department employees from the consensus group. We have been meeting weekly to develop a framework for the new Open Space and Mountain Parks Department. We have completed a draft framework and will be meeting with City Manager, Ron Secrist on Thursday, July 13, 2000, to discuss our progress thus faz and seek his input on implementation. To give you an idea of the progress we have made, if we consider all the decision points in the framework we will be discussing with Ron, we aze at approximately 92% consensus on those points (meaning there is a small number of decision points where we 6ave not reached agreement). We have received some input from some of you: specifically, from OS & MP Volunteer Coordinators, OS Resource Conservation staff and OS & MP Rangers. After the meeting with Ron and based on his input, we will be developing an implementation and communication plan as appropriate to the outcome of our meeting. Mountain Parks Pursues Historical District Desienation Mountain Parks staff has been working to fulfill a recommendation of the 1995 Cultural Resource Inventorv of the Contieuous Boulder Mountain Parks to designate a his[oric district in the Mountain Pazks. The proposed district is primarily in the Flagstaff, Gregory Canyon, and Chautauqua azea, and also includes the lustoric canyon routes which traverse the pazk. T'his designation would both recognize the unique cultural resources present in the pazk and also open avenues with the State Historical Fund for needed funding for restoradon and accessibility enhancements. Staff plans to submit nomination forms to the Colorado Historical Sociery in August of 2000 to place the district in the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. ~w Excerpts from the Recommendations section of the study: ,"'^4 The survey area therefore contains 36 historic sites, 41 historic isolated finds and 9 prehistoric _ isolated finds. These cultural resources were evaluated for eligibility to both the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register of Historic Properties. ....For management and research purposes, an historic district can be established for the park. A district is defined as a significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of sites, buildings, structures, or objects united historically or aesthetically by plan or physical development. ....This proposed Boulder Mountain Parks Historic District is based on the theme of Recreation within the Boutder Historic Context. The park was established primarily for recreational purposes, and recreational use has clearly been the dominant historic use of the area.... The presence of the park and its recreational opportunities continues to help define the community character of Boulder. Staff will continue to update the Boazd on the progress of this submittal. .~ ...-