WAGNER PARK FIELD RENOVATION
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CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE NARRATIVE:
During spring and late summer 2014, site activities will be occurring at
Wagner Park that are associated with renovating the park’s turfgrass so the
park is better able to meet the public needs.
Renovation activities will include:
Areas of Wagner Park are closed to public use
every spring to allow the turfgrass to recover and regrow following
winter. In 2014, maintenance operations necessary
to recover the turfgrass will occur again.
From mid-April through late-May sections of the park will be closed to
public use while turfgrass is being regrown and new irrigation and electrical
infrastructure is installed.
The proposed electrical infrastructure will
provide a series of connection points around the perimeter of the park that
will increase utility-provided power capacity at Wagner Park for event
power. The City of Aspen Electric
Utility provides sustainably generated electricity to the community and is a
significantly better alternative than the utilization of portable generators
that rely on fossil fuel.
Wagner Park will be open to public use in
early June. The 2014 Food and Wine
Classic will interrupt open public use of the park in mid-June, followed by
turfgrass recovery closures in late June.
Traditional turf management will occur within the park during June and
July to ensure robust turfgrass health immediately prior to final renovation
work in August. The park will be open to
public use during and after July 4th. Beginning on August 4th, field renovation
work will resume and sections of the park will be closed to public use while renovation
The renovation work occurring at Wagner Park
is being done to reduce the amount of time that the park is “offline” to public
use following high public and special event use, necessary for turfgrass
re-establishment. Wagner Park is the
central ‘town green’ for the community and the renovation work will allow the
park to meet an increased public need going into the future.
In addition to the renovation work occurring
at Wagner Park, the City is acquiring an effective temporary flooring system
that will be utilized during special events at the park to protect the most
heavily used sections of the park. When
the turfgrass is protected from the intense pedestrian and vehicular uses
associated with special events, the turfgrass is able to recover much more
quickly, which in turn enables the park to be reopened to general public use
RIO GRANDE PARK:
STORMWATER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
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in early 2011, a series of environmental enhancements have been developed at
Rio Grande Park. Change has been
occurring at the park to meet the overall goal of accommodating and improving
the quality of approximately 2/3 of central Aspen’s storm water conveyance as
it passes from the storm drains to the Roaring Fork River. The scope of the project work has included
creation of a series of constructed wetlands and ponds within the lower
sections of the park to improve water quality, which is also the area of the
park designated as the John Denver Sanctuary.
Extensive site work has
occurred within Rio Grande Park and the John Denver Sanctuary to fully realize the design vision
initiated in 2000, which includes perennial gardens, closeness to the river
riparian habitat and improvement of the Theatre Aspen performance venue. Theatre Aspen’s performance facility was
completely reconstructed in 2011 and 2012 and was designed to integrate into
the John Denver Sanctuary.
A new public restroom building was built in 2013 and opened early spring 2014, utilizing composting toilet technology. A new irrigation pumphouse building with as accessible green roof was also constructed in 2013 to house a pump system used to irrigate all of Rio Grande Park with non-potable water.
Work occurring at the park in 2014 includes completion of the stormwater conveyances, micro wetlands, and pedestrian connections along the park's western edge.
NEALE AVENUE / HERRON PARK /
RIO GRANDE TRAIL TRAILHEAD PROJECT:
The City of Aspen contracted with DHM Design Corporation and JR Engineering
to provide engineering, landscape architecture, and planning services for the Neale
Avenue Improvement Project Corridor and surrounding neighborhood. This project has
utilized design services to develop pedestrian crossings, streetscape elements,
drainage improvements, and refine Herron park interface. The following project goals steered conceptual
and construction plan design:
Traffic Calming - Reduce
vehicular speeds, while maintaining street function
Pedestrian Safety – Improve
pedestrian safety and visibility along park and roadway interface and at
pedestrian crossing locations.
Park/Roadway Interface – Improve
and define character and function of East edge of Herron Park
Bicycles – Integrate bicycles into the street system by
extending Aspen’s bicycle network
Neighborhood Connections – Update
and enhance pedestrian and cyclist connections to surrounding neighborhoods and
Stormwater Quality – Update
drainage infrastructure, address existing drainage issues, and improve water
quality discharged into the Roaring Fork River
RIO GRANDE SKATE PARK EXPANSION:
existing Rio Grande Skate Park, located within Rio Grande Park was built in
2000 as a state-of-the-art facility. Since the implementation of the skate park,
it has been a major success. Attracting visitors near and far, it always seems
to full of all types of skaters, from beginners to advanced. Because of the success and popularity of the
current skate park, it has become overcrowded during many points of the skating
season. The skate park has consistently
been the most widely used active park feature within the City of Aspen park
system. This overcrowding issue has been
expressed to the Parks Department and other City of Aspen Staff. Beginning in 2006
the idea of an expansion to the existing skate initiated and was incorporated
into the 2007 Rio Grande Park Master Plan. The current skate park is missing the needed square
footage and "street skate" features. This expansion would maintain the Rio Grande
Skate Park as a state-of-the-art facility.
for the Rio Grande Skate Park Street Skate Expansion commenced in early 2014 and has included design charrettes with users and city staff.
CLICK HERE FOR A FEW CONCEPTUAL DESIGN IMAGES FROM OUR LAST PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE MEETING MARCH 18, 2014.
Any Questions or comments please feel free to contact Steve
Cronin at the Parks Department at: 970-429-2896 or by email at
GALENA PLAZA / RIO GRANDE PARKING GARAGE ROOF REPLACEMENT
ASPEN GOLF COURSE:
SHORT GAME AREA & IMPROVED
DRIVING RANGE TEE AREA
This project is 100% complete!
The City of Aspen Parks Department was given the
opportunity, through private donation, to enhance the conditions
of the Aspen Golf Club’s practice facility. The desire for
improvements was brought forward early this spring of 2012. Soon after,
conceptual design started on a pitching / sand bunker practice area on
the west side of the driving range adjacent to the Chatfield Trail. This
area includes: a small pitching green, three types of sand bunkers, a
turf fairway leading up to the green from the existing chipping green,
and a large native landscape berm on the surrounding the pitching area
mainly for protection from the players hitting on the driving range.
Furthermore, the landscape berms potentially protect the trail users on
Chatfield Trail from less than proficient golf shots. This new practice
facility fills a much needed void for the top rated Aspen Golf Club.
Since its existence golfers have not been able to practice shots out of
the sand or hitting a long shot out of a fairway bunker. This area will
greatly enhance the courses practice facility, while improving its
excellence as one of the top municipal golf courses in the nation. This
is currently under construction and will be completed this spring
Another aspect of the project included the
reconstruction of the driving range tee area. The size of the
tee area did not provide sufficient space to retain a
favorable hitting surface due to constant usage. Consequently the
entire driving range tee was in less than favorable
conditions during most of the golf season. Due to these ongoing
maintenance issues, the Parks Department along with the Aspen Golf Club
staff found the need to increase the size of the driving range tees
by roughly 50% in size. The actual foot print of the tee area will not
increase substantially. The design intent was to create one larger
single driving range tee by combining the existing double tiered tee
hitting areas. This utilizes the space between the tees, as hitting
areas, creating a more sustainable site for users and staff.
The Smuggler Mountain Open Space trail restoration process will continue throughout this summer. The restoration will consist of restoring old double track roads into single track trails. With the help of RFOV the planting of trees, shrubs, and implementing native seed into these areas will greatly improve user experience while maintaining a pristine landscape. Want to help? Saturday, August 28 from 8am-4pm is the time to help restore the beautiful environment with the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer’s. Contact 927-8241 to sign up.
SMUGGLER MOUNTAIN OPEN SPACE