City may roll out new skate park |

City may roll out new skate park

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

A new half-million-dollar skateboard park is among the goals outlined in a proposed parks and recreation master plan for Glenwood Springs.Some other key components of the recently unveiled plan include improving trail connectivity and finishing some of the projects already started, such as completing the Community Center landscape plan.The plan lays out capital improvement projects totaling $1.34 million and suggests exploring a new parks and recreation tax as one means of helping fund needs.Other funding ideas include pursuing grants, creating volunteer opportunities and establishing a nonprofit parks and recreation foundation.Karon Badalamenti, with the GreenPlay consulting firm, presented the master plan to City Council Thursday. Council planned to take a closer look at the plan before considering its adoption.

The city Parks and Recreation Commission has endorsed it.”We unanimously think it’s a great plan, and we encourage you to adopt it,” said commission chairperson Susan Cashel.Council member Chris McGovern praised the plan. “It shows a real thoughtfulness and reflects a lot of values of the community,” she said.The plan proposes replacing the existing skateboard park at Two Rivers Park.”We’ll have a pretty excited skateboard community, I think, when they see that,” Cashel said in an interview.She said she thinks the most important part of the plan is to finish what the city has started.

The plan includes fixing tennis courts and adding one more to the Community Center, she said.It also recommends a master plan and feasibility study for relocating the tennis courts at Sayre Park and expanding the ball field there to accommodate little league baseball games.It also urges completing Glenwood’s trail system, which would link existing trails and better connect the community.The plan proposes loop walks at Gregory, Sopris, Oasis Creek, Vogelaar and Glenwood parks. Also suggested are other improvements to the latter three parks such as shade trees, shelters and benches. Similar improvements are recommended for O’Leary, Sister Lucy Downey and Centennial parks.Longer term, the city may be looking at doing more planning for its rodeo grounds, and its parklands at South Canyon, on Red Mountain and on Lookout Mountain. The master plan recommends feasibility studies for a performing arts complex, sports complex and indoor ice rink, and a cost-benefit study on privatizing or improving cemeteries.

Besides looking at facility needs, the plan also addresses administrative issues. Among other ideas, it urges improving service levels throughout the park system, conducting a wage study for parks and recreation employees, creating an equipment replacement fund, and involving sports associations in minimizing their impacts on fields.Consultants held public meetings and conducted a survey as part of developing the master plan. The survey found that city residents considered an amusement/admission/attraction tax to be the most preferable way to fund improvements to existing parks and recreation facilities and construction of new ones.Badalamenti said the spending identified in the plan “is not a lot to have to go fund and I think is entirely doable with some kind of tax question. The support was there with the city survey.”Contact Dennis Webb:

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