HOW'S THIS GOING TO WORK?
Spring 2015: Gather Input
In this phase, the city planners working on the project gathered input from residents about how they use the park and what would make it more useful. Leaders and residents from the three neighborhood adjoining the park also worked to gather input. Check out the results from the neighborhood input on the park as a whole, and the kids' input on the playground.
Not every idea gathered during this time will be able to make it in the final plan for 2016, but all of your input is important because it helps shape future improvements to the park.
Summer/Fall 2015: Draft Designs and Prioritize << CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
The park planning team will take all the input and suggestions that residents have offered and start putting the ideas together into designs that could work in real life.
They will begin to analyze what is possible, based on technical issues (like topography, water flow, tree growth patterns), financial limitations, and even city policies and rules. At this point, they might use their experience and training to make some "executive decisions" to edit some ideas to make them more practical or set aside some ideas that are too specific to meet the needs of the whole community. Check out what we know so far about progress on these neighborhood priorities.
Eventually they will host another public meeting where they will show how much each design would cost and ask the community to decide on what to keep and what to cut, as well as if there are any really important changes that need to be made to the designs. This meeting is currently slated for October 2015. Update: See the slides and a recap of the public meeting, held October 13, here!
During the planning phase, residents have a lot of important stuff to do.... check out the many ways you can pitch in!
Winter 2015: Finalize & Approve Plans
Once a few designs have been selected, the park planners will make final touches and take them to the city's Parks & Recreation Advisory Board for approval. (This meeting is open to the public, if you're interested!)
Spring 2016 and beyond: Contracts & Construction*
The designs will be put out for bid through Douglas County Purchasing. Once vendors have been selected and contracts finalized, construction should begin shortly afterwords!
* Please note that these timelines are very changeable, because this project involves so many different departments. If the CSO project is delayed, for example, it might delay the playground project, too.