Town Seeks More Community Input On Bond Park Design
By: Kate Rusch Public Information Officer Town of Estes Park
The Town of Estes Park recently began a process to involve the community in a redesign of Bond Park. The park, which was used for 27 community events by more than 80,000 people in 2008, is in need of a makeover to make it a more user-friendly and sustainable space. The community is an important part of the process – providing insight into park uses and potential.
Join in the process
On Monday, August 10, the Bond Park design team will conduct a digital design charrette with a group of community stakeholders from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Room 130 on the first floor of Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Ave. While no public comment will be taken, the public is invited to drop in and observe as the design team uses computerized 3-dimensional modeling software to develop concept plans for Bond Park within a model of the existing park setting.
On Wednesday, September 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in rooms 202 and 203 of Town Hall, Town staff and design consultants will host the first of two community open houses. Design consultants will present up-to-date project information, public input and findings as well as present three potential park design concepts. The public invited to attend and comment.
Thus far in the process, design input has been collected from consultants through a community survey which received approximately 350 responses. Focus group interviews were held in July to gather the opinions of stakeholders and included approximately 80 representatives of community partners, local civic groups, the downtown business community and Town officials and staff.
A project website has been established, which can be accessed through www.estes.org or by visiting the site directly at www.bondparkmasterplan.com. Visitors to the project website can submit comments and questions to the consultants, check details for upcoming design team events and view documents and plans as they become available.
Town Administrator Jacquie Halburnt commented, “Bond Park has been a gathering place for residents and visitors for decades-it’s important to the Town that the community plays a role in determining the future of the park.” Winston Associates, Inc. was hired to facilitate the process, with assistance from Progressive Urban Management Associates, Van Horn Engineering and Survey, Inc., Architectural Engineering Design Group and Avocet Irrigation Design.
A Town-owned property, Bond Park has been a central gathering place for Estes Park residents and visitors for decades. It will be the setting for approximately the same number of events in 2009. Prior to becoming open space, it was a playground for children attending the adjacent first school and later was the site for facilities including the post office, fire hall, police station, library and chamber of commerce.
For more information, call the public information office at 970-577-3701 or visit www.estes.org.