The project duration from start to finish is six months with an anticipated completion date by July 2016.
Yes, this is a community-input driven process and the outcome and future recommendations will be driven by the needs and vision articulated by the community members.
Through the Participate section on the website – www.yourwestpark.com you can provide open ended suggestions, respond to the online survey, know the dates for open public meetings and even share feedback through social media on Facebook and Twitter.
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Project information including key meeting dates, completed technical reports, and final documents will be made available to the community through the project website – www.yourwestpark.com
The master plan will continue CCPR’s commitment to environmental stewardship with the potential to add significant new opportunities in both the additional 45-acres as well as the existing park. There is strong potential to further enhance and diversify the park’s ecological quality.
There is potential to enhance existing water features on the site as well as expand them for ecological benefits, interpretive potential as well functional requirements pertaining to on-site stormwater management for existing and potential new park development.
CCPR’s system-wide master plan identifies the future need for a west side recreational facility that could potentially include a water recreation component. A variety of suitable sites with adequate developable acreage to meet building and access/parking needs will be evaluated. The West Park planning process will help determine the park’s viability for such a facility.
Previous West Park design studies in 1999 and 2003 explored the potential of winter skating in West Park to complement the park’s heavy winter use at Jill’s Hill. Consideration will be given to skating and other winter programming and support amenities that could enhance the experience for winter park goers.
CCPR’s system-wide master plan identifies the potential benefits of year-round indoor programmable facilities and seasonal shelters that would complement those in Central and Founders Parks.
Accordingly, these potential elements will be explored in the plan based on development suitability criteria such as impacts on the park environment, infrastructure requirements and access/parking needs.
Previous studies have indicated the need for a potential west side dog park facility. West Park currently serves many dog users and this will be further examined to find the best solution for both current park activities and needs of the broader dog-owner community.
The existing park area, as well as the additional 45-acres, provides a unique opportunity to provide a range of play experiences for all ages and abilities that wasn’t possible when West Park was first developed. New approaches and standards have emerged and will be considered as a program for future play and spray elements is developed. The exact size and placement of future play and spray environments will be explored during the design process, carefully balanced by environmental limitations of the site as well as other programming and functional demands.
CCPR is committed to an inviting environment to both play and spray participants and observers. This will include adequate areas of shade, shelter and comfortable seating options for all ages and abilities.
The future play experience in West Park will serve all age and ability groups and encourage positive interaction and intergenerational socialization between various groups.
CCPR has employed a rubberized play surface as a standard for new playground development throughout the system and would anticipate this as the primary standard for West Park. However, CCPR is committed to environmental stewardship and leading edge material technologies and may explore alternative solutions that meet established safety and accessibility standards depending on the ultimate park design.
The amount of parking in West Park will be consistent with the quantity needed for typical daily park programming as determined by this plan. Some minimal adjustments to parking location and quantity will likely occur in the plan, with great attention given to sensitive integration into the park environment. Special event access and parking will be handled on a case-by-case basis, employing proactive event planning strategies to minimize park disruption and community conflicts.
Park lighting will be consistent with programming needs and safe park ingress/egress during operating hours. Due to West Park’s primarily passive use today and in the future, it is not anticipated that significant additions will occur.