Fraser details goals for Fraser River corridor
The town of Fraser continues to move forward with planning for the Fraser River Corridor Master Plan, headlined by a presentation from THK design lead Brandon Parsons, who spoke before the Fraser Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Wednesday evening.
Parsons detailed THK’s 10 goals for the project, creating a list to help the town prioritize in their decision making in regards to the Cozens Ranch open space. The goals were created based on a number of stakeholder interviews, online surveys and public feedback gathered by THK and the town of Fraser over the last several months.
The first goal detailed is the creation and implementation of a community driven vision for the project; in essence the master plan, which will include strategies for activating the 120-acre parcel as well as funding options.
Second, to build a consensus for the planning effort with the protection of the land, river and wildlife in mind. The second goal also includes a desire to increase river access, educational opportunities and recreational activities on the land.
Third, to protect, connect and inspire based around the Great Outdoors Colorado ideals. Parsons also cited a desire from the community to protect the natural resources that define the land, minimizing negative impacts on wildlife.
The fourth goal is to utilize the corridor as a major local and regional asset to expand on the tourist industry and provide a more diverse economic structure for the town. The corridor was identified as a major driver for economic growth in the Resiliency Plan put together by Fraser last year.
The fifth goal is to develop a balance between the preservation of the land and recreation. “Our desired outcome is to showcase the Fraser River to one and all and allow the natural beauty of the river corridor to positively impact people of all ages without having a negative impact on the wildlife population,” reads the GOCO grant application.
Number six on the list is to activate the Lions Ponds area through the creation of an ADA accessible riverside park. Trustee Cody Clayton Taylor emphasized the towns desire to provide more opportunities for persons with disabilities, and to make the park accessible to all user groups.
The seventh goal is to improve parking in the project area, a necessity for activating the space and drawing patrons to the park. Trustee Andy Miller also expressed a desire to provide better public transportation options to the proposed park.
Number eight is to increase internal pedestrian and bicycle circulation by creating looped trails and more connections to nearby neighborhoods. More than 75 percent of survey respondents said they wanted to see more walking and bicycling opportunities on the trail system.
The ninth goal is to increase user safety by minimizing conflicts between user groups, improving visibility and reducing conflict with wildlife. According to the public input survey about 52 percent of people said they access the trails walking, and 57 percent of people said they rode bikes on the trails. The trustees again discussed the possibility of reserving the west side of the Fraser River Trail for pedestrians only, though no decisions were made.
The final goal is to reduce pet waste to improve the quality of the experience for visitors and to mitigate the potential negative impacts on water quality.
The town along with THK will continue working on the master plan, and expect to hold another public workshop toward the end of March.
The town also approved expenditures for the transit service to be paid to the town of Winter Park. The expenditures cover costs from Aug. through Nov. of 2017 and total a little more than $171,000.
The town had a resolution to authorize the execution of a long awaited Winter Park-Fraser Transit Intergovernmental Agreement, but it was removed from the agenda at the beginning of the meeting.
Green Zone Booster Station
The town approved a resolution authorizing the purchase and installation of a new flow magmeter at the Green Zone Booster Station to provide improved water accounting practices. The project is not to exceed $11,500, and was accounted for in the 2018 budget.
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