Bond Park Redevelopment Begins This Week
100-block of MacGregor Avenue to close approximately March 21
Beginning approximately March 18, the Town of Estes Park will begin construction of the first two phases of Bond Park’s redevelopment. Construction will include storm sewer and other infrastructure improvements necessary at this point in Bond Park’s redevelopment. The entire project is scheduled for completion by May 26, 2011 so that the park may be used for scheduled events. Cornerstone Construction Concepts of Estes Park will serve as the Town’s contractor after the Town Board approved its project bid of approximately $769,000.
Beginning approximately March 21, the 100-block of MacGregor Avenue will close to traffic for the duration of construction. Park Lane is expected to remain open to traffic throughout the project although one-lane traffic flagging may be necessary at times. Drivers are encouraged to watch construction signage for details.
Phase one includes the reconstruction of the 100-block of MacGregor Avenue adjacent to the park. As proposed, it would accommodate approximately 50 event tents on a new hard surface while maintaining public parking and accommodating one-way northbound traffic when there are no events. Phase three connects with phase one and includes the reconstruction of the Park Lane parking spaces and sidewalk immediately adjacent to Bond Park to accommodate more event tents. Both phases would include infrastructure improvements to lighting and electrical, irrigation and drainage systems. The design schematic is available at www.estes.org/pressreleases/bondpark.aspx.
The Bond Park Master Plan recommended dividing the project into a series of six possible phases so that the Town can complete design and construction as funding becomes available. Due to their importance in laying the groundwork for future improvements, phases one and three were recommended in the Master Plan as the first steps in completing the project. For 2011 construction of these phases, the Town budgeted $500,000 from its Larimer County Open Space Fund, which is comprised of Estes Park’s share of the one-quarter of one percent sales tax collected by Larimer County specifically for trails and open space. Additional funding comes from the Town’s Community Reinvestment Fund.
In 2009, the Town initiated a process to consider a redesign of Bond Park in an effort to make it a more user-friendly space for residents and visitors. The process included online public voting, community forums, stakeholder meetings, a public survey, focus group interviews with representatives from the community, and a digital design charrette incorporating ideas into a three-dimensional computerized model of Bond Park. The resulting Bond Park Master Plan was adopted by the board in February of 2010. It provides recommendations for the Town to consider as it moves forward with work in Bond Park.
For more information, please visit www.estes.org/pressreleases/bondpark.aspx or contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3588. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas by e-mail, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.