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Bond Park Update: Park Lane To Be Paved This Week

The Town of Estes Park and its contractor, Cornerstone Construction Concepts of Estes Park, are redeveloping Bond Park with completion scheduled for May 26. In order to accommodate construction, several adjustments have been made in the Bond Park area.

Updates:

• Park Lane from Virginia Lane to MacGregor Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic from May 10 through May 13 for paving and striping. Two-way traffic along with parking on the north side will resume beginning May 14. Park Lane businesses and the north sidewalk remain open.

• The new concrete sidewalk on the south side of Elkhorn Avenue is under construction and is expected to open to pedestrians May 14. In the meantime, pedestrians are detoured to the Riverwalk.

• The Riverwalk will remain open until May 14 when the south Elkhorn sidewalk reopens. Approximately 30 feet of the Riverwalk behind the Range Realty and Wynbrier establishments will then be closed through the week of May 16 during continued construction in the parking lot.

• Due to landscaping work, the new concrete sidewalk in front of Town Hall will not reopen until the week of May 16. Until then, Town Hall, including the public restrooms, is accessible through the north Town Hall entrance off MacGregor Avenue near the Town Board Room. The handicap public entrance on the east side of Town Hall will remain open for normal business hours. The entrance by the Town Board Room will be the only public entrance for Town meetings after 5 p.m.

• View Bond Park project updates and a photo gallery at www.estes.org/pressreleases/bondpark.aspx.

Previously announced:

• The storm sewer installation work from the south end of MacGregor Avenue across Elkhorn Avenue is complete. Two-way traffic is maintained at all times and the second eastbound lane is expected to open by May 13.

• Through approximately May 26, the parking lot between Range Realty and Wynbrier establishments is closed as the contractor installs the storm sewer and completes the parking lot with a new concrete sidewalk, new asphalt and striping. Business parking is available to the west in the East Riverside parking lot near Dairy Queen.

• The 100-block of MacGregor Avenue is closed to traffic for the duration of construction.

• The MacGregor Avenue entrance to the Town Hall parking lot, near the Police Department, will be closed to the public for much of the project. The parking lot will remain accessible from Elkhorn Avenue.

• The utility payment drop box normally located at the corner of Park Lane and MacGregor Avenue is temporarily relocated next to the library book drop box at the Town Hall parking lot exit onto Elkhorn Avenue, near the Estes Valley Library.

• The U.S. Postal Service mailbox normally located at the corner of Park Lane and MacGregor Avenue is temporarily relocated further north on MacGregor Avenue. It is accessible in a pull-out on the east side of MacGregor Avenue.

• The bus pull-out on Elkhorn Avenue in front of Town Hall is closed to vehicle traffic during the project. The parallel parking spaces adjacent to the Subway establishment on East Riverside Drive serve as an alternate area for bus loading and unloading.

Background:

Included in the current phases of Bond Park’s redevelopment is the reconstruction of the 100-block of MacGregor Avenue adjacent to the park. It will 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. Parking spaces and the sidewalk along Park Lane are also being reconstructed to accommodate approximately 30 more event tents. Until further phases are developed, some additional tents can still be placed on the grassy area of Bond Park. Both phases 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 (MacGregor Avenue) and three (Park Lane) 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 townadmin@estes.org.

 

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