Valmont City Park 2015 Concept Plan Update
The Concept Plan for Valmont City Park was accepted during a public hearing at the February 23, 2015 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB).
What was the purpose of updating the concept plan for Valmont City Park?
In 2008, the City adopted a concept plan for how Valmont City Park should develop. The 2008 plan provided the framework for moving forward with the construction of Valmont Bike Park and Valmont Dog Park.
The 2008 concept plan also provided a vision for how the roughly 90 acres on the south side of Valmont Road should develop. Currently, these 90 acres remain undeveloped. In 2013, the Parks and Recreation Department determined that the 2008 plan needed to be updated for the south side of Valmont Road.
Over the past year, the department has been working closely with the community, youth organizations, interested sports user groups, and other interested parties to determine what parts of the 2008 plan are still relevant and in the community’s best interests.
An updated concept plan for the undeveloped portion of Valmont City Park will:
- Ensure that community needs and current trends are being addressed
- Become the guiding document that, like the 2008 concept plan, will allow the Parks and Recreation Department to continue to garner wide community support, open possibilities for public / private partnerships, and ultimately continue to build on the successes of the first phase
The Parks and Recreation Department embarked on the process of updating the 2008 concept plan for the undeveloped portions of Valmont City Park (VCP). The original concept plan, developed with significant community input, served as a guiding document for park development including the successfully completed Valmont Bike Park (VBP), Valmont Dog Park (VDP) and the temporary Valmont Disc Golf Course (VDGC). The goal of the update was of the original concept plan was to ensure that it continues to meet the community’s needs. The update process included the administration of a statistically valid community survey, an industry trend analyses, an athletic field study, stakeholders meetings, outreach sessions with community youth groups, community meetings, and regular updates with City Council and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB). Through extensive data gathering, analysis, and a public outreach process, this concept plan update garnered community-wide acceptance.
Public Engagement Leading to the Acceptance of the 2015 Valmont City Park Concept Plan
- The first public meeting for the 2008 Valmont City Park concept plan update was held on May 1, 2014. The meeting was well attended with approximately 70 members of the community present. The meeting was an opportunity to learn about the update process, initial information and analysis that had been completed, and there was an opportunity for the public to participate in a visual preference exercise where the audience used keypad polling technology to indicate whether or not they liked a particular park element.
- The second of three VCP community meetings was held on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Roughly 60 people attended the public meeting. The meeting featured an open house segment, a formal slide presentation, and an interactive key pad polling and question session. The open house and slide presentation allowed the public the opportunity to view and provide feedback on exhibits detailing the department’s community outreach efforts, a summary and analysis of data that has been gathered subsequent to the first public meeting, and research that was conducted looking at specific program elements that could potentially become part of the final VCP concept plan. The interactive key pad polling part of the meeting was an exercise where the public was asked a series of question trying to ascertain preferences as it relates to the allocation of different program elements. The exercise also asked the public to evaluate the potential trade-offs of having one program element over another.
- A third public meeting for the update to the 2008 Valmont City Park concept plan update was held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Approximately 80 people attended the community meeting to review the draft concept plan. The draft concept plan includes all the amenities that have been requested and demonstrated as needs in Boulder’s park system. Generally, attendees expressed satisfaction with the direction of the plan. During the meeting, the public identified a few refinements that need to be reviewed prior to acceptance of the final plan. These include the layout of the ball fields and the disc golf area. Staff is currently working on solutions to best address the concerns.
- A revised concept plan was displayed at the three Boulder recreation centers during regular business hours from Jan. 21, 2015 through Jan. 26, 2015. A member of the Parks and Recreation staff was available at the recreation centers at specified times to receive comments from the public.
- The concept plan was also displayed at the Main Boulder Public Library on Jan. 21 with staff available for questions and comments after the library’s story time.
- The final concept plan for Valmont City Park was accepted during a public hearing at the February 23, 2015 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB).
All past meeting materials are listed on the right side of the page for your reference.
For more information about the update to the Concept Plan for Valmont City Park, please contact the Project Manager, Doug Godfrey at 303.413.7229 or [email protected]