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Town Seeks Public Input On Next Steps For Bond Park

At the Public Safety, Utilities and Public Works Committee meeting on November 10, Town staff will provide an update on the process to determine next steps for Bond Park’s redevelopment. Public comment is encouraged. The meeting takes place at 8 a.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Ave. The presentation follows initial meetings of a Bond Park stakeholder group comprised of community members, Town staff and officials.

Public Works Director Scott Zurn states, “Completing the park in phases has allowed us to check in with the community before proceeding with additional recommendations from the Bond Park Master Plan.” While the Master Plan recommends the next phase include construction of more hard surface for special event tents in the northeast corner, the public has asked for as much grassy area to remain as possible. A reduction of hard surface could result in the elimination of the seasonal ice rink, a possible feature in the Master Plan. Zurn continued, “We are looking to strike a balance and we want to hear what the community thinks of potential changes to the plan.”

After public input, the stakeholder group will finalize the scope of work for the 2012 construction phase. The process then entails hiring a firm to design and engineer the project, followed by Town Board and public input on that design. Finally, a contractor will be hired with the goal of completing the next phase of construction prior to the summer season of events.

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.

The Master Plan recommended dividing Bond Park’s redevelopment 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 constructed first, in 2011.

For more information, please visit www.estes.org/pressreleases/bondpark.aspx or contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas by e-mail, please e- mail townadmin@estes.org.

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