Feedback on Sandpoint park site concepts
We want to hear from you! At our community meeting at The Panida Theatre Tuesday, October 1st, our consultants through GreenPlay LLC provided an update on their initial findings and survey results that will guide the development of our 20-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan. You can see their Powerpoint presentation by clicking the link below:
In addition, they presented four initial park design concepts for the following areas: War Memorial Field; City Beach; Downtown Waterfront; and the Sports Complex (Travers, Centennial and Great Northern). We have posted a visual of each of these concepts, along with a brief narrative. Please take a look and share your comments/feedback.
If you are interested in watchig GreenPlay's presentation on the master plan and the concepts, please click the video link below which is from the October 2nd City Council meeting.
We also have concept boards on display in the lobby at City Hall. Stop by anytime Monday - Friday, 8 - 5. We are happy to have a further conversation with you.
Six natural infield alternatives were considered for the artificial field infill at War Memorial Field. City staff and the consultants for this project recommended the selection of Option #1 - natural rubber/cork infill. Displays were the infill options were available at City Hall and ultimately the Sandpoint City Council unanimously selected the option recommended by staff at its December 18, 2019 Council meeting. If you click on the summary chart, you will be taken to the Council packet which includes more detailed information and a larger size of the graphic.
This concept focuses on playability and durability of the field surfaces and therefore features artificial turf. An artificial surface is the best surface to achieve the highest level of playability and durability, especially considering our weather. It adds a softball field in compliance with Title IX requirements and realigns the baseball field to be northwest facing. This is preferred for baseball, especially from a safety standpoint. This concept also features an increased parking lot to reduce parking impacts on the neighborhood, an improved boat launch and increased boat/trailer parking. It contemplates a dog park as well as improved gathering space, restroom facilities and access at the waterfront. (Click on the image to see the concept full screen.)
This concept encompasses Farmin, Centennial and Great Northern Parks. It contemplates expanding the skate park which is arguably the most used area of the park system by 400%. It recognizes that the parking lot at Travers is significantly undersized and triples the amount of parking available. Great Northern is in the best shape of any of the fields the City currently owns. They are in good enough shape that they do not need to be re-built.
This concept contemplates a tennis complex centered at this location and adds two additional courts which anticipates the removal of the tennis courts at Lakeview Park and City Beach. In addition, sixteen pickleball courts are centered at this location, a splash pad is added near the playground, an expanded bmx track is next to the tennis courts.
Travers was built over a landfill and the soils are not good. There are significant freeze/thaw conditions and subsurface issues which require constant maintenance in order to ensure safety. The concept anticipates replacing the three current natural turf softball fields with two artificial turf fields. In addition, micro-soccer fields have been added. Playability will be significantly icreased with these fields because the current fields are often un-playable in the spring. In addition to softball, these fields can also be used for soccer practice and other purposes.
Great Northern is currently in the best condition of all of the city fields, but this concept does anticipate improved drainage at that field as well.
(Click on the image to see the concept full screen.)
This concept features parks and recreation improvements which provide connectivity to City Beach and promote economic vitality in the downtown core. The design at Gunning's Alley/Farmin's Landing along the Sand Creek waterfront and between the Panida Theater and Bridge Street includes significant stormwater management and treatment features which was the principal reason the City purchased this property. This is the primary outfall for stormwater runoff from the downtown core and it drains into Sand Creek. The concept anticipates the businesses/building owners along Sand Creek eventually expanding their face to the waterfront and taking advantage of the opportunity along the water. It features a connecting boardwalk along Sand Creek, under the byway and rail bridge to City Beach. It expands the dock into Sand Creek to create a public gathering space along the water's edge. It envisions expansion of the public boardwalk to the Cedar Street Bridge or beyond, which would require agreement of the adjacent property owners. (Click on the image to see the concept full screen.)
Parks and Rec consultants have developed a concept for City Beach which supports more types of recreation, parking and a dedicated event space to promote economic vitality within the downtown core. The dedicated event staging area is a hard surfaced area the size of a NHL hockey rink. It can be installed with chilling components below to facilitate ice skating in the winter in order to activate City Beach as a year-round destination.
A key component of the concept is an improved boat launch with more parking which realigns this use to separate it from the rest of the park uses. This component is dependent upon the City being able to negotiate a land swap with the Best Western Edgewater Hotel property owner. The parties are under discussion about a land swap for the grassy area between the current hotel and the sidewalk along the waterfront which the City owns in exchange for the current RV park which belongs to the private owner.
Through a realignment, this concept adds more than 130 parking spaces (in addition to the boat launch parking) to what exists today. It includes the addition of a splash pad and expanded regional playground along the shallow side of the beach where families with young children most often recreate. It identifies a potential location for the Carousel of Smiles (a second location is identified in the Downtown Waterfront concept).
(Click on the image to see the concept full screen.)