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Granby hires firm to prepare parks plan

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

The soccer dome in Granby’s Raffety Park near the East Grand Middle School has served well for two years of youth soccer and other recreational needs but, neighbors agree, the massive white building changed Granby’s modest small-town “skyline” more than any other.

The fallout from the appearance of that building was the main reason behind Julie Martin’s commitment to seeing that Granby has a Parks Master Plan on which to base any future development decisions.

“I vowed to those neighbors, no future development would happen up there without public input,” said Martin, Town of Granby recreation director. “There is a significant amount of land up there that is still undeveloped.”

Under Martin’s recommendation, the town recently contracted with a landscape design firm to create a Parks Master Plan, which is intended to include every park or open space within town boundaries, as well as consideration of park amenities found elsewhere in Grand County to ensure Granby’s future plans are not redundant.

For example, does Granby need more tennis courts? A basketball court? A hockey facility? A walking trail? A water fountain that would serve as a feature for youngsters to play in and cool off in the summertime?

The Parks Master Plan in essence will guide town leaders on town priorities for parks facilities and recreation for the next 10-plus years.

The Parks Master Plan can help to map out how parks should become more connected to each other with trails and walkways, what features the community feels are needed in Granby’s parks, outline where amenities in parks could be located and what types of commonalties each of the parks would share.

Master plans often are an important component for securing grants for parks improvements, Martin said.

The process of creating the master plan will rely heavily on public input gathered during community meetings, online surveys through the town’s website and focus groups.

The first series of public meetings on the master plan will take place from June 14-17, and citizens are encouraged to take part, Martin said.

Using about $36,000 in reserves of Conservation Trust Fund money generated from lottery tickets and doled out by the state, plus $5,000 in Conservation Trust money granted to Granby from the Grand County commissioners, plus more Conservation Trust Funds to the town expected to be collected this year, Granby has hired Design Concepts of Lafayette to lead in the Parks Master Plan project. The town has agreed to the firm’s $50,000 bid.

Design Concepts is the same firm that designed Hideaway Park in Winter Park and has completed many other parks master plan projects throughout Colorado, such as in Salida, Cripple Creek, Monte Vista, Dillon and Hayden, according to the firm’s proposal. That firm will be teaming up with parks, recreation and open space consultants GreenPlay of Broomfield.

In the end, there will be conceptual site plans created for each of Granby’s parks under the guidance of its citizens.

Martin acknowledged that the downturn in the economy brought highly qualified and eager design suitors willing to do the Granby project. A committee assigned to select from the bidders narrowed the list to four prospects. The Granby Town Board then approved the committee’s final recommendation.

“Fifty-thousand dollars doesn’t go far when building bricks and mortar for parks facilities,” Martin said, “but it will go very far for helping us plan for the future.”

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@skyhidailynews.com.


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