Below is a summary of the preferred master plan that was presented at the 3rd public workshop, held on October 10, 2019. This plan was presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission on November 6, 2019 and will be brought in front of the City Council at the December 3, 2019 Regular Meeting. This preferred design was developed in response to feedback heard from the community at the 2nd public workshop, an online survey, city staff, the Parks & Recreation Commission, and City Council. While no funds are currently allocated in the Parks Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for any development, three potential phases are identified: trails, play area/ballfield, and cricket/soccer fields. The three phases are described in further detail below and in the PDF at the bottom of this page.
The full PowerPoint presentation from the 3rd public workshop is also available in the PDF at the bottom of this page.
Preferred Master Plan:
The preferred master plan generally keeps the existing cricket and soccer fields in their current location while expanding the cricket field limits and delineating the field extents with a split rail fence along the loop trail. The little league/softball field is relocated to the west, opening up a centrally-located community green space, picnic plaza, and play area. The community green is a flexible open space that can be utilized for unstructured recreation, picnic areas, and events. The restroom is relocated near the community green for easy access from all the park activities and spaces. A new community garden includes accessible garden plots, picnic and seating space, and a storage shed. An accessible loop trail meanders around the cricket and soccer fields and community green and includes a formal play space with equipment designed for ages 2-5 and 5-12; a sloped play area with slides; and a natural play space with climbing rocks, boulders, and other play elements inspired by nature. The main picnic shelter and picnic area is centrally located between the fields, play area, loop trail, and community green. The parking lot is expanded slightly to increase capacity and to include a formal drop-off area.
A small overlook near the north side of the open space serves as a trailhead to the boardwalk and trails along the utility corridor. Several amenity nodes are provided along these trails for native plant demonstration gardens, seating, wayfinding, and interpretive education. The forested area includes improvements to the existing paved trail near SE 32nd Street and the western trail is relocated to be in the outer 25% of the wetland buffer. The western trail is outside of the park boundary but within Klahanie's Native Growth Protection Area (NGPA); development of this portion of the trail would require partnership with Klahanie HOA. Connections to all other existing trails in the forested area and wetland buffers will be planted with native wetland species for mitigation.
Field Surfacing and Lighting
The cricket and soccer fields are unlit and are comprised of natural grass surfacing, with synthetic surface cricket pitches. The southern edge of the cricket outfield will stop at the bottom of the sloped lawn. This configuration does not accommodate a full, adult size cricket outfield in order to preserve the existing grove of trees and allows park visitors to use the existing sloped lawn for seating. The little league/softball field is also unlit and includes a natural grass outfield with a synthetic turf infield, spectator seating, covered dugouts, and other field amenities.
The existing stormwater ponds will be redeveloped to include a more natural drainage approach with cascading bioretention cells which will be planted with native species and small ornamental trees. These bioretention cells will capture stormwater from the park and allow it to infiltrate. Any overflow will utilize the existing or improved catch basins and stormwater system. Stormwater from pollution-generating surfaces such as the parking lot, the athletic fields, and vehicular paving will drain to the bioretention cells and also utilize a biofiltration system.
Play Area/Ballfield Phase
Cricket/Soccer Fields Phase
Support Facilities (shall be installed as part of the “Cricket and Soccer Field” or “Play area/Ballfield” phase, whichever comes first)
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