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04.12.21 PRAB minutesCITY OF BOULDER BOULDER, COLORADO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETING MINUTES To listen to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings in their entirety, please go to the following link: www.boulderparks-rec.org Name of Board/Commission: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Date of Meeting: April 12, 2021 Contact Information Preparing Summary: Charlotte O’Donnell, 303-413-7223 Board Members Present: Charles Brock, Elliott Hood, Mary Scott, Raj Seymour, Tara Winer, Jason Unger, Pamela Yugar Board Members Absent: Staff Present: Bryan Beary, Tim Duda, Regina Elsner, Morgan Gardener, Jean Gatza, Jeff Haley, Jackson Hite, Stacie Hoffmann, Kathleen King, Megann Lohman, Stephanie Munro, Charlotte O’Donnell, Chris Passarelli, Ali Rhodes, Christy Spielman, Jonathan Thornton Guests Present: Alli Fronzaglia, Consultants with DesignWorkshop: Becky Zimmermann and Amanda Jeter Type of Meeting: Advisory/Regular Agenda Item 1: Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. A quorum was present for the conduct of business. Motion to approve agenda. Motion by Brock. Second by Unger. Passed 7-0. Seymour honored those lost in the King Soopers shooting. Agenda Item 2: Procedural Items A. Honoring Departing Members Staff and Board members appreciated Alli Fronzaglia for her service. B. Induction and Welcome Elliott Hood was sworn in for a five-year term as a member of PRAB. C. Officer Elections Two nominations for PRAB Officers for the 2021-2022 term were receiv ed via email to the board secretary before the meeting: Raj Seymour was nominated as Chair and Pamela Yugar was nominated as Vice Chair. Both candidates accepted their nominations. No other nominations were made during the meeting. Motion to elect Raj Seymour as PRAB Chair for the 2021-2022 term. Motion by Unger. Second by Winer. Motion passed 7-0. Motion to elect Pamela Yugar as PRAB Vice Chair for the 2021 -2022 term. Motion by Brock. Second by Seymour. Motion passed 7-0. Agenda Item 3: Future Board Items and Tours Seymour and Rhodes reviewed upcoming agenda items for PRAB. Agenda Item 4: Public Participation Riley Mancuso spoke about the approach to encampments and homelessness. He thanked the staff for including SPUR coexistence guidelines and shared concerns about gatekeeping. Eric Tussey, neighbor to the Reservoir, shared concerns about the new restaurant at the Reservoir and mentioned that the former restaurant at the Flatiron’s golf course was not comparable. Sharon Anderson, neighbor to the Reservoir, shared concerns about the new restaurant at the Reservoir especially with regards to wildlife. There being no one else who wanted to speak, public participation was closed. Agenda Item 5: Consent Agenda A. Approval of Minutes from February 22, 2021 Motion to approve the minutes from February 22, 2021 as presented. Motion by Yugar. Second by Unger. The motion passed 7-0. B. Development and Operations Update The Board had the following questions and/or comments. • How will improved skate and bicycle facilities serve underprivileged youth? Will youth be able to check-out bicycles? • Is the goal of 16% tree coverage across the city? Is there equity focus for distribution of this coverage near apartment buildings and other dense areas of the city? Is there consideration of how to distribute tree coverage to a void heat island and equity impacts? • Thank you to Mo and Jennifer Segal for their donation to the Sleepy Bear Playground at Chautauqua. • Thank you to staff for another great improvisation with the Arts in the Parks program. • How will use of the leisure pools work for families this summer? • Has there been proactive outreach to the swim community in advance of the summer? Agenda Item 5: Items for Discussion/Information A. Master Plan Research and Trends This item was presented by Haley, Elsner. The Board had the following questions and/or comments: • Glad to see proactive outreach to Spanish-speaking community members. • Were there only 463 responses to the first questionnaire? Does staff believe that number is low? • How many surveys will be sent out as part of the statistically valid survey? How many responses are expected? • How does staff ensure that the surveys will not be skewed by interest groups? • As part of Taking Care of What We Have, what key facilities were identified as potentially lacking? • How will the project team engage unhoused individuals? • How is the project team engaging people with disabilities? • Will there be opportunities to for more in person engagement as COVID guidelines change? What will those activities be? • Many responses to the questionnaire noted that parks were crowded, which was surprising since the population of Boulder has not increased. Does staff believe that those comments were related to increased use during COVID? Does staff plan on addressing the difference between use in COVID and pre-COVID times as part of future surveys? • Suggestion to include more play equipment for teenagers and adults. • Suggestion to design for flexible uses of space in the park to accommodate different recreation habits that evolved during COVID. This could include areas for uses like picnicking, reading books in solitary spaces and other shared spaces. • Suggestion to consider integrating technology to connect people using the parks and looking for opportunities for engagement. • Suggestion to consider the aging demographics of Boulder and an increase in use of parks as a social gathering place. • How does BPR work with Boulder Valley School District (BVSD)? • Will the mission and vision statement change as part of the master plan update? • Suggestion to focus on programming opportunities and financial support for middle class families. B. 2020 Year End Financial Review and 2022 Budget Strategy This item was presented by Hite and Hoffmann. The Board had the following questions and/or comments: • Did Staff receive the a “cost-of-living” increase to wages for 2021? • How does the city handle increase when forecasting for the next year? • Concern about city employees not being able to afford housing in Boulder. • Is the sizable reduction in hours of operation of the Recreation centers due to lack of demand or due to limited budget? Agenda Item 6: Matters from the Department A. East Boulder Subcommunity Plan This item was presented by King. The Board had the following questions and/or comments: • Does Boulder still use the concept of “15-minute neighborhoods”? • A new park might be most desired by residents near the new housing development at 55th and Arapahoe. •Is there a possibility that there would be a train station at that 55th and Arapahoe transit hub in the future? •How do you make sure that new development or zoning changes do not cause current businesses to leave? Agenda Item 7: Matters from the Board A.Recruitment and Orientation PRAB requested to add time for introductions at the next meeting to hear from new member Elliott Hood. B.May Study Session To accommodate in depth budget discussions, staff recommends adding a study session on May 10. Members of the PRAB were instructed to email Seymour and O’Donnell if they could not make it. C.Annual Board Email Check in Board members discussed extending the resident response plan developed in 2020. With the departure of board member Fronzaglia, Seymour or others will respond to emails about the Reservoir as needed. D.PRAB Community Engagement Updates The Board had the following questions and/or comments: •Yugar is working part time for PLAY to facilitate the PLAY pass program. •Is Community Cycles a partner to BPR? Would it be possible to partner with them? Agenda Item 8: The next PRAB meeting will be held Monday, April 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m. virtually (via video conference). Agenda Item 9: Adjourn: There being no further business to come before PRAB at this time, the meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m. Motion by Seymour. Second by Yugar. The motion passed 7-0. Approved by:Attested: ________________________________________________ Raj Seymour Charlotte O’Donnell Board Member Administrative Specialist Date _____________________ Date ____________________ 05/04/21