Memorial Park meeting tonight


by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

If you haven’t already heard, there’s good news.

Memorial Park is located along Ralston Creek just north and east of the police station at City Hall. It suffers from heavy use and conflicts between pedestrians, joggers, cyclist, frisbee golfers, skateboarders, kids who play in the creek, picnickers, and those who just use the park to take their dogs for a walk. Disc golf strikes (and near misses) on the other users of the park seem to be the primary complaint, but preteens and younger teens hanging out in the areas intended for families and toddlers are also on the list.

Half Pipe at Memorial Park (2012)

Half Pipe at Memorial Park (2012)

Last year the City removed the skateboard park’s main ‘half-pipe’ features because they couldn’t maintain them any longer, and the remainder of that skate spot is now mostly unused. More recently, the City was able to purchase the [Kirkegaard] residence on the northeast corner of 59th and Allison and intends to add that space into the park.

The City is also ready to put some serious money into redesigning the park, to restore its skateboard features, and to make it a safer and more friendly place for all of its users. That makes sense. The neighborhoods adjacent to the park are often lower-income high-density apartments with few recreational facilities of their own. At its east end, the park is near one of only two safe Wadsworth Bypass crossings for youngsters to the apartment blocks just east of the bypass (the other safe crossing is on the Grandview bridge).

The Council packet for the March 4th meeting shows a $1.2 million budget for park revitalization with about half of that amount coming from the City and the remainder from matching federal and State funds.

There was a week-long online public-comment period on the park last month, but that has long since closed. Here are the posted meeting dates for soliciting any remaining input and presenting the preliminary and final designs for the park: 

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE – Preliminary Designs
Monday, March 11, 2013; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Arvada City Hall, Anne Cambell Room
8101 Ralston Road – Arvada, CO

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE – Final Design
Thursday, April 4, 2013; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Arvada City Hall, Anne Cambell Room
8101 Ralston Road – Arvada, CO

You can read more about the revitalization effort by going to this City website:

http://arvada.org/parks-and-recreation/memorial-park-improvement-project

and by downloading the Arvada City Council packet for March 4th at

http://www.arvadarecords.org/councilpacket/currentweek1.asp

while it is still available at this online address. The Council packet has two agenda items for the park. One is for a Great Outdoors Colorado Grant and the other is a contract with Britina Design Group for support services. Both are worth reviewing.

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community regularly posts information on its website at http://www.ralstoncommunity.org/ as it becomes available. Or you can friend us on Facebook. Our Facebook name is “CLRC Arvada”.

John Kiljan, CLRC Notes: 303-423-9875 or jpkiljan@yahoo.com
March 11, 2013

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