Wonderland Lake Integrated Site Project (ISP)
Thank you for sharing your feedback during Engagement Window #2
Thank you for sharing your feedback during Engagement Window #2. View the feedback we received via the Engagement Window #2 questionnaire . A more detailed comment analysis/review is underway to better understand the preferences of the various interests and will be provided prior to Engagement Window #3. This feedback will help us gauge the level of support for ideas community members shared for the Wonderland Lake area during Engagement Window #1 earlier this year. Staff is now using all input received to guide the development of a preliminary package of actions for the area. The preliminary package of actions will be presented to the community in early spring 2020 for refinement. OSMP will then present the package of actions to the Open Space Board of Trustees later in 2020.
Wading will not be considered
Wading will not be further considered. In light of the possibility of harmful algae blooms at lakes and ponds across the city and Colorado, including Wonderland Lake, allowing wading has been determined to be infeasible.
The Wonderland Lake Integrated Site Project (ISP) area includes the Wonderland Lake Loop Trail (on OSMP lands) and area that encircles Wonderland Lake, and the Wonderland Lake Trailhead, with associated Foothills Nature Center. Map of the Wonderland Lake ISP project area .
This ISP does not include the trail improvements identified in the North Trail Study Area (TSA) for the foothills west and north of the lake.
OSMP will not initiate or implement any ISP associated changes in 2019, however regular maintenance, small trail sustainability projects and existing junior ranger and educational and outreach activities will continue.
This comprehensive community engagement effort will honor what has already been heard from the community, aim to strengthen relationships with the community, and build a shared understanding of OSMP Charter purposes and goals for the area. The process aims to result in alignment on a set of actions for the area that:
- best protect the ecological and scenic integrity of the Wonderland Lake area;
- improve visitor’s enjoyment;
- help youth connect with nature;
- advance goals from approved plans or confirm that existing conditions are in alignment with and meet the goals of approved plans; and
- improve the Foothills Nature Center for Junior Ranger, education, and nature programs.
With broad community involvement in discussing ways goals from approved plans can be met and evaluating new ideas, staff is confident that we can find alignment with the community on actions for the Wonderland Lake ISP that fit the character of the Wonderland Lake area.
Based on previous community feedback:
- The preliminary alternatives that were designed last fall have been set aside.
- A pier and a boardwalk will no longer be considered as means to achieve North TSA Plan goals for the area.
Through this process the name-change application, submitted by a community group, for the lake area to be re-named a “wildlife sanctuary” will also be considered.
The following graphic outlines the community engagement. There will be three "engagement windows" - which are specific timeframes where the department seeks public input - that will build on the previous one. More information on the upcoming Community Engagements will be provided closer to each engagement window.
Engagement Window #2 (December 2019)
This document captures the unique comments and questions provided by community members during Engagement Window #1 that are not specific on-the-ground actions or could not for another reason be included in the Engagement Window #2 questionnaire/”matrix of options”. This document includes staff’s answers to questions, provides an explanation of how OSMP will or already is addressing the comment and why the comment was not included in the questionnaire/ “matrix of options”.
Engagement Window #1 (June 2019)
Previous Design and Public Engagement (Oct. 2018 – Feb. 2019)
|Date||Public Engagement||Comments Received|
|Oct. 27||Trail-side engagement to discuss concepts||Community Input|
|Nov. 14||Public meeting to reveal preliminary alternatives||Community Input|
|Nov. 15-Dec. 4||Online questionnaire on preliminary alternatives||Questionnaire Results|
|Dec. 18||Schoolchildren engagement||Schoolchildren Input|
|Dec. 19||On site meeting with local neighbor leaders to discuss concerns over preliminary alternatives, specifically the fishing pier and boardwalk.||N/A|
|Jan. 15||Community listening session||Meeting Comments
Preliminary Alternatives (these have been set aside and are no longer being considered)