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Public Participation Needed To Create Senior Center And Museum Master Plan

The Estes Park Senior Center, 220 Fourth Street, and the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street are beginning a process to create a Master Plan for the facilities. Public input is critical to creating this roadmap for future services and facilities. Outreach includes three public meetings, an online survey, a random-sample telephone survey and a Master Plan web page. Senior Center Manager Lori Mitchell commented, “We want the Master Planning process to draw on community creativity and result in a plan that is tailored to the needs of Estes Park citizens and visitors.”

The online survey will be available from now through 5 p.m., Friday, March 1 through links at www.estes.org/seniorcenter or www.estes.org/museum. The Senior Center offers a public computer that may be used to complete the online survey Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Printed surveys are also available at the Senior Center or Museum for anyone who cannot complete the survey online.

Three public meetings, each held at the Estes Park Museum, will cover different topics; attendance at all three meetings is encouraged.

• Public meeting #1: Thursday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Topic: Program information and survey findings presentation.

• Public meeting #2: Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Topic: Alternative concepts presentation and review, public comment.

• Public meeting #3: Tuesday, May 14 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Topic: Preferred concept presentation and review.

Meetings will be facilitated by the Town’s professional consultant, Anderson Hallas Architects, PC. After the public process, the Town Board will consider adopting a Master Plan by June 2013. The Master Plan will serve as a resource for future development and/or re-development of the two facilities.

A stakeholder group will provide valuable input throughout the process to represent the needs of their organizations and customers. It includes staff from the Senior Center and Museum and their affiliate non-profit groups, Estes Park Senior Citizens Center, Inc. and Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Additional stakeholders include representatives from the Town Board of Trustees and the Estes Valley Recreation and Parks District.

The Town is committed to providing high-quality facilities and programs for residents and visitors. The Master Plan project is a result of the Town of Estes Park Board of Trustee’s desire to examine the current locations and potential future locations of the Town’s Museum and Senior Center facility sites. The process includes a program development phase, with an in-depth study of the programming and demographic needs of each facility. And, a site master plan phase will determine if current facility footprints will accommodate the anticipated growth and visitation of the Senior Center and Museum, exploring the existing sites as well as alternate Town-owned sites. The Master Plan will ultimately provide a recommendation for Senior Center and Museum locations and building uses for the next 20 years.

For more information, please contact Lori Mitchell, Senior Center Manager at (970) 577-3765 or lmitchell@estes.org, Derek Fortini, Museum Director at (970) 577-3761 or dfortini@estes.org or Kate Rusch, Public Information Officer at (970) 577-3701 or krusch@estes.org. Please visit www.estes.org/seniorcenter or www.estes.org/museum.

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