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08.02.2021 PRAB UpdateTO: FROM: SUBJECT: DATE: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Ali Rhodes, Director, Parks and Recreation Department Jeff Haley, Planning and Ecological Services Manager Bryan Beary, Community Building and Partnerships Manager Jackson Hite, Business Services Manager Megann Lohman, Recreation Manager Stephanie Munro, Regional Facilities Manager Dennis Warrington, Urban Parks Manager Parks and Recreation Development and Operations Update August 2, 2021 A. Parks and Recreation Development Update The following information is intended to provide the PRAB with relevant updates on specific projects as they reach major milestones. This section is not all inclusive of all current projects and only illustrates major project updates. For a complete list of all current projects and details, please visit www.BoulderParkNews.org. Planning and Design The following projects are currently in the planning and design process that involves research, alternatives analysis, public involvement and development of planning documents and design plans to guide decision making and future capital improvements. •Planning Projects Underway: Staff or contractors continue to work on the following projects and will update the PRAB as major milestones are achieved: o Flatirons Golf Course Facility Design Project o Historic Places Plan (HiPP) o Master Plan Update 1 Construction The following projects are scheduled for construction, under construction or have been recently completed. For additional details please visit www.BoulderParkNews.org. • East Boulder Community Park Restroom: The current Capital Improvement Program provides funding for the design and construction of a new year-restroom facility at East Boulder Community Park. A restroom was originally planned as part of the 2009 Master Plan for the park, but due to limited funding, was not included in the major 2010-2011 project that included the construction of the multi-use, synthetic turf athletic fields and dog park. Representative Restroom Images The new restroom will provide much needed services for athletic field users, and users of the tennis and handball courts, dog park, and playground. Other improvements will include a new shade shelter with tables, a drinking fountain with bottle filling station, and installation of water hydrants in the small and large dog park. Utilities servicing the restroom were installed in mid-July. This installation required a short closure to Sioux Drive, near the multi-use sports fields. The closure lasted two days and Sioux Drive is again open. The multi-use field parking lot, located west of the handball and basketball courts was also closed for the utility installation. The parking lot will remain closed through the first week in August. The lot will need to be closed again when the restroom facility is delivered in mid-August. Upon completion, all three of Boulder’s community parks will include year-round permanent restrooms to serve the wide variety of users. 2 City of Boulder Utilities Staff Completing a Water Tap Sanitary Sewer Tap in Sioux Dr. All construction activities, including the installation of the restroom facility, have been planned to minimize impacts to athletic field programming and general park use. Natural Lands The following projects are focused on habitat and wildlife management in an urban environment. Natural Lands Projects Underway: Staff or contractors continue to work on the following projects and will update the PRAB as major milestones are achieved: o Boulder Aeromodeling Society coordination and site maintenance. B. Operations Update The following information is intended to provide the PRAB with relevant updates on specific BPR services in the parks or facilities. This section is not all inclusive of all current operations and intends to provide awareness on key accomplishments, new happenings, service level adjustments, or other information impacting operations. COVID-19 The latest information and results of recovery efforts can be found at https://bouldercolorado.gov/coronavirus. City of Boulder COVID-19 Recovery: As public health orders are lifted at the state and county levels, the city’s Response and Recovery Team, in partnership with the City Attorney’s Office, is assessing remaining city emergency orders to prepare to repeal those that no longer apply and plan to transition long-term recovery programs and services to their applicable city departments. 3 Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) and University of Colorado officials with join Boulder City Council at their August 17, 2021 business meeting to provide a COVID-19 update and are expected to provide further updates on local epidemiology data and how the county’s approach may or may not shift based on local trends. Facility Masking Requirements: As of June 10, the Boulder County Public Health Order expired and the county is now fully aligned with the current state masking requirements. Boulder County Public Health continues to assist businesses and the public with masking recommendations. In line with recommendations, the department is currently requiring youth participants in registered programming such as summer camps and gymnastics to mask when indoors. Staff facilitating these programs are also required to mask to model behavior. American Rescue Funding Update The City of Boulder was awarded approximately $20.15 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The federal stimulus package can be used for a variety of purposes including COVID-19, public health expenditures, addressing negative economic impacts, aid to the hardest hit populations, pay for essential workers, investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure and replacing lost public sector revenue. ARPA funding can be used through 2024. BPR staff submitted a list of approximately $6.7 million in projects that could benefit from ARPA funding to address negative economic impacts, aid the hardest hit populations and propose additional capital funding outside of what the department's CIP can support. City staff are currently reviewing the list of projects proposed by different departments and will provide an update to City Council in August, with plans to appropriate the funding in September. Approximately $3 million of BPR’s proposal focused on restoring services to recreation, with an emphasis on community recreation for populations hit hardest by the pandemic. Examples of projects that are being requested for ARPA funding include increased hours at recreation centers, continuation of financial aid programs, restoration of childcare and youth swim lessons, and additional sites and programming frequency for YSI program participants. Throughout the pandemic, BPR has seen increases in the financial aid program utilization and hopes to use the ARPA funding to support restoration of services that benefit youth and seniors. Once funding allocations have been determined citywide, BPR will provide updates to the PRAB. City Council is expected to discuss potential projects at the August 24, 2021 Study Session and to appropriate funding in September 2021. Reservoir Update At the July 20, 2021 regular business meeting, the City Council supported the work that Boulder Parks and Recreation has done to implement the 2017 Boulder Reservoir Visitor Services Concept Plan and to respond to the concerns from neighbors. The council expressed support for the PRAB’s Resolution. The City Council’s next step is to take the PRAB’s resolution to include as a Declaration at the August 3, 2021 City Council meeting. The council is also considering including restaurants as an allowable, by-right use in the Public Zone to further the city's ability to program public space appropriately. 4 In addition, the new sound monitoring equipment has arrived, and staff are currently installing and documenting a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to ensure data is captured, recorded, and monitored accurately, consistently, and as committed. 5