Tuesday, October 13, 2009 , 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
Bison Visitor Center , 1800 South County Road 31, Loveland, CO
Gary Buffington, Natural Resources Director
Rob Novak, Education Specialist
Kerri Rollins, Fund Development & Outreach Specialist
Debra Wykoff, Business Operations Manager
The October 13, 2009, meeting of the Parks Advisory Board was called to order by Chair Dave Coulson, at 5:40 p.m. The minutes of the September 8, 2009, meeting were approved.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Board comments about the Whole Measures workshop with Peter Forbes:
Frank Gillespie: It was a nice way to spend a morning. The speaker was fine. He enjoyed it a lot, and gained a better understanding of Whole Measures.
Mark DeGregorio: He thought it was going to be premature to jump into a demo project at that point
Jim Roode: Loveland Fishing Club: They want to volunteer services on the Big Thompson parcels, on one that is currently owned; they would like to adopt a parcel to maintain it. The club would like to commit to one now, and one in the future.
Walt Graul: Loveland Fishing Club: Still interested in the overall process. They made their recommendations on which parcels to retain back in 2005. Of the 12 parcels recommended, there are still 5 not yet addressed. Appreciate actions taken on the others, but still concerned about these: Area 3 on the west edge of Loveland – city may be interested. Parcel 12B, where North Fork dumps into river. Parcel 17; Area 20 on the North Fork. The Commissioners approved keeping part of it. There’s a large fenced piece that looks like private property. Area 20a. They are very anxious to keep the process moving.
Gary Buffington: Until we get the current process done, those areas are officially open to the public, even though they are not well known.
Charlie Johnson: The reason for the delay since May is that we have been waiting for County surveyors to have time to work on it, rather than spending money on private surveyors. They are beginning to work on it now, and Charlie expects to have some ready by next month.
Gary : The public process on this went very well – whenever the public on both sides of the issue stand and applaud the County Commissioners, both staff and the advisory board can feel proud of your efforts!
Natural Resource Events for September/October.
See website http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources
On 9/23, Peter Forbs, from the Center for
Whole Communities, facilitated a session on Whole Measures. Parks Advisory
Board members who attended: Linda Knowlton, Russ Fruits, Frank Gillespie, and
On 9/26, the 5th Annual
Northern Colorado Birding Fair happened at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open
Space, with lower than expected attendance. Next year, Fossil Creek will be
under the management of the City of Fort Collins, which may also affect the
future of the Birding Fair.
On 10/2, there will be / was a reception
for Artist of the Year, Diane Findley, featuring her artwork of our open spaces
at the Cache Bank & Trust in Fort Collins.
On 10/14, 1pm – 5pm, there will a tour to Hermit Park Open Space for new OLAB & PAB members. Everyone is welcome to
attend. We will see the new Bobcat Camp Area (aka Camp Area 2). RSVP’s will
be taken closer to the date.
On 11/20, 5pm – 7 pm, Colorado photographer John Fielder will present his new book Ranches of Colorado at a
place TBD. The book features working ranches throughout Colorado that have
been protected with conservation tools. Event is sponsored by the Open Lands
program, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas and Legacy Land Trust and proceeds
will benefit LLT.
On 1/1/2010, Fossil Creek management transfers to Ft. Collins. They will do plowing, weeds,
mowing, trees, etc. We will continue to occupy and maintain the Ranger
Our campground reservation system software is
“migrating” from the Reserve World platform to the Reserve America platform.
The transition will be completed in November. The reservation system will be
offline for a week at that time.
The Department was once again represented at the 2009 New
West Fest and Corn Roast Festivals in Fort Collins and Loveland, respectively.
Total costs tallied $3550, with 850 contacts for both festivals, averaging $3+
per contact. All staff members who were involved thought we should continue
our participation in future as an effective way to interact with people.
Linda Knowlton: Is $3 per contact considered a good
rate of return? (Staff described the types and quality of contacts made at such
events to support the conclusion that it is.)
STANDING AGENDA ITEMS:
Park District updates and Parks Master Plan Implementation Progress report –Mark Caughlan, Horsetooth Park Manager
§ Tour of Hermit Park new Bobcat Camp Area tomorrow.
§ ADA retrofit improvements are almost done; Flatiron and Pinewood are currently being done.
§ ANS inspection requirements have resulted in the closing of boat ramps except for weekends; there have been some very angry fishermen and boaters in October. The information has been on the website all year, posted on the boat ramps, publicized in the media, etc. The program did catch 3 boats with adult zebra mussels.
§ Blue Sky trailhead design is done.
§ Rotary Park: Three volunteer work days were held with the Northern CO Climbing Coalition.
§ All the GOCO projects will be done by next year, and all the Priority 1 Master Plan projects will get completed.
§ Data collection at the Horsetooth shower houses proved use of less than 2000 gal. of water per month, so we can install a shower house at Eagle Campground next summer as planned based on low water use.
Lions Park – Poudre River Enhancement Proposal – Dr. Mandy Kotzman
§ Gary distributed a written proposal submitted by Dr. Kotzman to extend the Poudre River Trail through the business district of LaPorte, combined with a kayak white water feature and fish habitat improvement.
§ Gary explained to her that the County would have no funding to put toward this, nor any expertise in a kayak white water park. Also that there will be a lot of regulatory agencies and processes with which to comply.
§ Mark noted that this is not in either the Parks or Open Lands Master Plans, so a public process would be required.
§ Frank Cada: Is there a concern about the impact on stream flows?
§ Linda Knowlton: How is this related to the Fort Collins proposed paddle park?
§ Chad LaChance: Why would we have anything to do with a trail through the town of Laporte? What does it have to do with recreation? It’s a bike path – not a recreation trail.
§ Barry Lewis: Why wouldn’t the town of LaPorte do the trail – it would benefit only the town and would be more appropriate for them.
§ Chad LaChance: The river project might be appropriate – not the trail project. Others concurred.
§ Frank Gillespie: Would this project attract users who do not currently use our parks? Whole Measures type value of appeal to new user groups?
§ CDOW should be consulted about whether fish habitat and kayaking are compatible uses.
§ Gary Buffington: This will also go to the Open Lands Advisory Board.
§ Mark Caughlan: Staff will be meeting out there on 10/19 at 10 a.m., if any board members want to join them. Mark, Dan and Charlie will be looking at ownership issues in the area.
Hermit Park Education Plan – Final Review – Rob Novak, Education Specialist
Whole Measures Seminar Follow-up & Feedback – Kerri Rollins, Fund Development & Outreach Specialist
2010 Proposed Budget – Debra Wykoff, Business Operations Manager, briefly reviewed the revised 2009 Parks Fund budget summary and the proposed 2010 original budget, which was submitted at the end of August, to meet the County budget deadline. These will be revised again at year-end.
2010 Fee increases – Gary Buffington
§ Full hook-up
§ 2d unit
Estes Valley Campground Partnership - Status – Gary Buffington
EXECUTIVE SESSION – Linda Knowlton made a motion to go into executive session. ___ seconded. Motion approved. The Board went into Executive session at 8:35 p.m. The Board exited Executive Session at 8:45 p.m.
MEETING adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Dave Coulson, Chair
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:
Next regular meeting: November 10, 2009, Boyd Lake Room at the Larimer County Courthouse Office Building, 200 West Oak, Fort Collins, CO.