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Open House - Parks & Rec Master Plan

Please drop by anytime during the Open House from 10am to 4:30pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1123 Lake St.

  • Date: 08/14/2019 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM  
  • Location: Sandpoint City Hall
    1123 Lake st
    Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
  • Introduction: Your input is needed on the planning and design for War Memorial Field, City Beach and Downtown Waterfront, Sports Complex (including Travers, Centennial and Great Northern Fields) and the City Watershed property as the next phase of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan kicked off in April.

08/07/2019 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED – SANDPOINT PARKS

Sandpoint – The City of Sandpoint, with the support of its consultants, Green Play LLC, has begun work on site specific planning and design for four sites – War Memorial Field, City Beach and Downtown Waterfront, Sports Complex (including Travers, Centennial and Great Northern Fields) and the City Watershed property as the next phase to its Parks and Recreation Master Plan kicked off in April.

The public is invited to an Open House on Wednesday, August 14th, at Sandpoint City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1123 Lake Street from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to review the results of Green Play’s initial site observations and analysis and provide input on each of the specific locations, including existing activities and amenities and additional or changed activities and amenities.  Full imagery boards will be on display with initial options for public consideration and feedback.  Members of the public are welcome to drop in any time during the day that is convenient.

The Open House will be followed by an Open Public Meeting to be held at The Hive, 207 North First Avenue, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  The format for this meeting will be similar to the meeting held on May 2nd.  Representatives from Green Play LLC will again present the initial site concepts, summarize the feedback received throughout the day during the open house and take additional input and comments.  This information will ultimately be used to make changes to the initial site concepts and develop alternative options.  These will be presented at another public session to take place in late September where the final preferred alternatives will be decided in preparation of a final concept master plan for each site.

The public still has an opportunity to weigh in on priorities, satisfaction and needs for the overall Parks & Recreation Master Plan (including parks, trails, open space and recreation programming).  Mailed surveys were sent to a random sample of Sandpoint residents and 576 completed surveys have been returned.  An online survey at www.sandpointsurvey.org is also open through Friday, August 16th.  To date, 160 online surveys have ben completed and submitted and 177 surveys are partially completed.

The City has budgeted remaining and anticipated tax revenues from the Resort City Tax voter-approved 1% sales tax in the amount of $2,744,486 in its proposed Fiscal Year 20 budget to support field re-surfacing at War Memorial Field and improvements at the other sites with any funds left over in accordance with the ballot measure as passed.  In addition, funding from the Parks Capital Improvement Fund, Recreation Fund and Impact Fees dedicated to Parks have also been budgeted to support priorities and projects identified in the final adopted Parks & Recreation Master Plan and the site-specific plans contained within it.  Green Play LLC will be developing an overall cost and revenue plan including maintenance and operations analysis and projections as part of the Master Plan which will include a comprehensive review and analysis of all Parks fees and revenues and grant opportunities.

 

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