Senior Center And Museum Master Plan Process Nearing Completion
The Estes Park Senior Center, 220 Fourth Street, and the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, are in the final stages of a six-month Master Plan process to identify separate future development or re-development options for the Town’s Senior Center and Museum facilities.
The third of three public meetings will be held at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, on Tuesday, May 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. At this meeting, the Town’s professional consultants, Anderson Hallas Architects PC, will present the preferred concepts for the Senior Center and the
Museum. Consultants will also present the preferred concepts in a report to the Town Board on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Board room at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave.
Consultants identified the final preferred concepts or site locations for the facilities based on a variety of criteria. Those criteria included citizen votes for preferred concept alternatives, space needs for future programming and services, zoning requirements, ease of access and distance from Town, utilities, slope restrictions, visibility, parking adequacy, adjacent uses, expansion ability, constructability/sequencing, and site synergy.
The Master Plan process evaluated Town-owned land as outlined in the original proposal. Based on stakeholder and community input, an additional location for the Senior Center was identified during the site assessment phase. That additional site is now the preferred concept for the Senior Center location which features including the facility and its services as an integral component of a future Community Wellness Recreation Center which would potentially be located at 660 Community Drive, the site of the vacant elementary school building. The Community Wellness Recreation Center is a concept in discussion by the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, along with partners Estes Park Medical Center, Park R-3 School District and the Town of Estes Park. Since the Community Wellness Recreation Center concept is in the earliest phases of consideration and must still be studied for feasibility with public input, its future is yet unknown. Therefore, a second choice alternative for the Senior Center site was evaluated. The alternative concept for the Senior Center location is to build a new facility on the property currently housing the Museum and the Senior Center at the corner of Fourth Street and Highway 36.
The preferred concept for the Museum
location is to move the facility to the northeast corner of the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park property, at the corner of Highway 36 and Community Drive. The alternative concept for the Museum location is to build a new facility on the property that currently houses the Museum and Senior Center. Under this concept, the Senior Center would be located within a future Community Wellness Recreation Center Approximately 80 people attended the March 14 and April 11 public meetings.
At the March meeting, consultants presented key facts and findings from the recently completed surveys and highlighted significant growth trends and historical development for the Museum and the Senior Center. At the April meeting, consultants presented an overview of the alternative site locations for the Museum or the Senior Center which resulted in citizens voting to establish the preferred site locations for each facility.
Throughout the process, input was received from a wide variety of key stakeholders that included Estes Park citizens, representatives from the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, Estes Park Senior Citizens Center, Inc., the Museum Friends and Foundation, Inc., the Park R-3 School District and the Estes Valley Library and a representative from the Town Board of Trustees.
Survey results and program information are currently posted on the Town’s website. The alternative concepts presentation and the preferred concepts presentation can be viewed on the Master Plan web page located on the Town’s website after May 9 at www.estes.org/seniorcenter or at the Senior Center. The final Senior Center and Museum Master Plan will be considered for adoption by the Town Board, tentatively scheduled for the Tuesday, May 28 meeting.
For more information, please contact Lori Mitchell, Senior Center Manager at (970) 577-3765 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Derek Fortini, Museum Director at (970) 577-3761 or email@example.com or Kate Rusch, Public Information Officer at (970) 577-3701 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit www.estes.org/seniorcenter or www.estes.org/museum.