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Longmont Proceeds with Plans for New Parks

March 13, 2019

If you go

What: Neighborhood meeting on concept plan for South Clover Basin Park

When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Blue Mountain Elementary School, 1260 Mountain Drive

Further information: tinyurl.com/y2uzjn9c

City officials have completed work on their preferred concept plan for a new neighborhood park in southeast Longmont and are in the process of developing a plan for one in southwest Longmont.

Longmont staff has unveiled the concept plan for Wertman Neighborhood Park, which will be on a 9-acre parcel south of the Blue Vista subdivision and northwest of Martin Street and Quebec Avenue.

That is the oldest neighborhood in Longmont that does not have a park within a -half-mile, officials have said.

As depicted on the project’s website — tinyurl.com/y693vmkm — Wertman Park is to include two pickleball courts, a six-hole disc golf course, a basketball hoop, a children’s playground, a loop trail, an off-leash dog area and posts for a slackline and hammocks.

Wertman also is to have a restroom, a picnic shelter, a wildflower garden and lawn space and will be landscaped with trees and shrubs.

Wertman Park project manager Steve Ransweiler said Longmont’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Monday recommended city council approve the plan for the park.

“I’m going to try to take it to city council as soon as I can get it on the agenda, likely early April,” Ransweiler said Tuesday.

He said the council will be asked to approve the Wertman plan or make changes.

Council members also will be asked to approve a new name for the park, since the Wertman designation might only be temporary.

Once council approves the Wertman plan, staff will work on construction drawings, which Ransweiler said should be done by the end of the summer, with the project going to bid around Labor Day.

“I expect the park to be open late spring (or) early summer 2020,” he said.

Ransweiler said Wertman Park’s design cost has been budgeted at $154,577 and the construction budget for the park is $1.4 million.

Still underway is development of a draft master plan for South Clover Basin Park, a new 6.84-acre neighborhood park in southwest Longmont west of Renaissance Drive and south of Pike Road.

Neighborhoods surrounding the site of South Clover Basin Park include Somerset Meadows, Meadowview West, Tromonto and the future North Star neighborhood, according to the city’s website for the project, tinyurl.com/y2uzjn9c . Longmont officials are holding a meeting today at Blue Mountain Elementary School, weather permitting, to discuss the concept plan.

Another meeting, set for April 3 at Blue Mountain Elementary, is to include a presentation of the draft master plan for the park.

Ransweiler, who also is project manager for South Clover Basin Park, said he will present three concept plans, with various possible locations for potential features such as a nature-themed playground, low-moisture xeric garden areas, outdoor fitness stations, a bike skills and pump track area, a small park shelter, trails, restrooms, a sundial, wildlife habitat zones, natural open space, boulder outcrops and a reflecting pool.

He said that while design is expected to be completed in the fall, Longmont does not expect construction of South Clover Basin Park — also a temporary name that could be changed — to begin until spring 2020, at the earliest, since work depends in part on completion of a land donation from the future North Star development.

City officials in December said this year’s parks, greenways, trails and natural areas projects were expected to include the beginning of the design of a third new neighborhood park.

Fox Meadows Park project manager Kathy Kron in a Tuesday email said design of that park, which would occupy about 9 acres at 636 Deerwood Drive, south of Ninth Avenue and west of County Road 1, is still on this year’s work plan, with construction of the park expected next year.

Contact Staff Writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc