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Wonderland Lake Integrated Site Project (ISP)

Project Area

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 pdf

This ISP does not include the trail improvements identified in the North Trail Study Area (TSA) pdf 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 pdf will continue. 

Thank you for telling us your ideas during Community Engagement Window #1

Community Engagement Window #1 Staff Presentation pdf

Thanks for the input and ideas! Staff is now working to sort and analyze all the ideas you shared. We will report back on what we heard and ask you about your preferences this fall.   

The ideas heard during the first community engagement window will be used to inform the actions considered during future engagement windows. More specifically the ideas heard will be used to populate a matrix of options (example below) for the second community engagement window. The second community engagement window will focus on gauging the level of community support for the various community-generated ideas. The community proposed name change will also be a part of the second engagement window. 

Matrix of Options (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN EXAMPLE MATRIX ONLY; FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY)
Wetland and shoreline habitat and wildlife conservation and protection on the north, west, and south sides of the Lake Your idea here!        
Trail/Trailside improvements   Example Idea:
Make the Wonderland Lake Trail ADA accessible
Example Idea:
Existing conditions are desired/adequate
Your idea here!  
Educational Experiences and Interpretive Signs Your idea here!   Example Idea: 
Wetland interpretive signs on south shore
  Your idea here!
Access to Wonderland Lake Area   Wayfinding signs Example Idea:
Signalized pedestrian crosswalk on Broadway
Your idea here!  

Wonderland Lake Trailhead and Foothills Nature Center/Facility Improvements

  Your idea here!   Your idea here! Example Idea:
Improve Trailhead Kiosk
Access to, conservation of, and activities on the on the east side of the Lake (along the dam and peninsula)   Example Idea:
Bench on east side of lake
Your idea here!    

Overall Process

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.

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.

Graphic showing public process steps for Wonderland Lake ISP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Design & Public Engagement Process (Oct. 2018 – Feb. 2019) 

Thank you for the constructive and valuable feedback!
Community engagement for this ISP began in the fall of 2018 when OSMP sought feedback on a set of preliminary alternatives (actions) intended to implement the North Trail Study Area (TSA) Plan goals along with ways to improve nature education opportunities in the area and update operational buildings at the trailhead housing the city’s Junior Ranger Program.

OSMP recognizes the ISP community engagement process undertaken in the fall was inadequate and focused on a too-narrow range of on-the-ground alternatives which resulted in community concern and angst. Based on the community feedback several decisions were made:

  • OSMP set aside the preliminary alternatives that were designed last fall.
  • A pier and a boardwalk will no longer be considered as means to achieve North TSA Plan goals for the area.

The past public engagements conducted are listed below along with the associated comments received, the preliminary alternatives, and other relevant information:

Record of Public Comments from Email and City Webforms 11/30/2018 – 1/5/2019 pdf

Date Public Engagement Comments Received
Oct. 27 Trail-side engagement to discuss concepts Community Input pdf
Nov. 14 Public meeting to reveal preliminary alternatives Community Input pdf
Nov. 15-Dec. 4 Online questionnaire on preliminary alternatives Questionnaire Results pdf
Dec. 18 Schoolchildren engagement Schoolchildren Input pdf
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 pdf
FAQ pdf
Project Paused

February Council Memo pdf

Watch the Jan. 15 Community Meeting

Preliminary Alternatives pdf (these have been set aside and are no longer being considered)

Keep Wonderland Lake Wild Petition Comments pdf