IMPORTANT BULL CREEK PROPOSAL - PLEASE READ
Below is the Bull Creek Park Proposal that City staff will present to the Parks Board at the meeting tonight at 6:00 pm at City Hall and present to the Environmental Board at their meeting on October 7th. I encourage you to attend one or both meetings and provide your comments and suggestions. Bull Creek will not be available at all during the restoration project and according to the proposal, there is a possibility we may lose the park completely as an off-leash park. On a positive note, it appears the city will open a portion of Emma Long park as off-leash beginning in December, so future meetups can be held there. Again, these are proposals, and the city is still taking suggestions for new proposals. If you have additional ideas, please contact the Parks or Environmental Boards or attend the meeting tonight and on October 7th.
Staff Proposal for Bull Creek District Park
Staff have reviewed public comments from multiple sources:
Environmental Board staff briefing (08/19/2009)
Parks Board (08/25/2009)
Joint sub-committee of the Parks and Environmental Board (08/31/2009)
Comments associated with media postings
Direct communications from citizens
Focus group conducted by the community engagement coordinator (09/09/2009)
WPD and PARD present the following alternative proposal for consideration.
1. Close Bull Creek District Park in November 2009 for restoration project. Monitor water quality during closure.
- Staff will include public on restoration project design
- Park closure estimated to last 6 months, and will be done in coordination with low water crossing improvements to minimize area disturbance
- Park closure allows for crews to safely conduct work in the park
- Park closure will provide time for new vegetation to be established
- Park closure provides a monitoring baseline under ?minimal impact? conditions. If water quality does not improve, staff will continue source investigations
- Park closure provides time for aquatic system to ?reset? with reduced fecal contamination loading
2. PARD to open off leash area in Emma Long by December 2009
- Additional off leash area will help alleviate over crowding at other off leash sites during closure of Bull Creek District Park
- Emma Long provides an off leash area with water access. Although off leash areas in riparian zones are out of compliance with recommendations from WPD for future OLAs, this new OLA is offered to satisfy citizen request for substitute area to Bull Creek site
- Water quality impacts from off leash uses in Emma Long are reduced because of the high volume and flow of Colorado River
- PARD to create process for off leash users to access Emma Long without the standard entrance fee, potentially in conjunction with off leash licensing (see #4)
3. PARD to implement increased enforcement of park rules
- Short-term: PARD to work with APD park units to improve enforcement of existing park rules
- Long-term: PARD to implement Park Ranger Program for increased enforcement (May 2010)
- Staff to investigate additional avenues for enforcement in conjunction with Law Department, Off Leash Task Force and public outreach staff.
4. PARD, the citizen Off Leash Task Force, and animal control staff to pursue additional source of funding via fee or licensing programs, with recommendations due January 2010
- Additional funding needed to support maintenance and enforcement activities in off leash areas
- Additional dog licensing requirements to use off leash areas could be a mechanism to deliver education and new revenue
5. Following restoration, open Bull Creek as on-leash only park (projected spring 2010) for a 6 month evaluation period; continue water quality monitoring
- On-leash use will be allowed if contact recreation standards are met following park closure
- Time period for on leash use evaluation may need to be extended if weather conditions do not provide sufficient time period for assessment under normal flows
- Staff will develop measurement methods to assess success of park land and riparian area restoration
6. Evaluate monitoring results of on-leash only use in a public process to determine appropriate long-term allowable uses in the park (projected fall 2010)
- Long-term allowable uses may include prohibition of dogs in the park, continued on-leash use, or program for off leash use evaluation.