Public comment on draft master park plan for bike skills park accepted through August 26, 2016
Parks and Recreation recently held its third public meeting to gather input about the proposed Syringa Park Master Park Plan, which includes a bike skills park. Residents and staff met on July 26, 2016 to review the proposed plan. The department is accepting public comment on the draft master park plan through August 26, 2016. Please review the information below and send your comments to Garrick Swanson, City/County Parks planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Syringa Park is an undeveloped park located at 1465 Lower Lincoln Hills Dr.
Pending public comment, the plan will be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Board for approval and adoption at their September 13 meeting. Adoption of a master park plan allows Parks and Recreation to develop the park final design and seek funding sources. Construction will begin as funding becomes available. Preliminary funding sources include City impact fees, City and County park funds and in-kind services, donations from the Tanner Olson Memorial Foundation, and a grant from the International Mountain Bicycle Association. For questions about the project, please contact Garrick Swanson, City/County Parks planner, at email@example.com, 258-4719 or contact Parks and Recreation Director Donna Gaukler.
Parks and Recreation, along with Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands, has been conducting a public planning process since November, 2015 to design the mountain bike skills courses as well as a master site plan for Syringa Park. Bellevue Park is located at 3925 Paxson St., and Syringa Park is located on Lower Lincoln Hills Dr.
Construction on the new facilities in Bellevue and Syringa parks could start as soon as 2017. Residents may review the draft site plans. Highlights of the plans are described in this presentation from a March 23 public open house.
A bike skills course is a dedicated parks and recreation facility that includes mountain bike trails, jumps and progressive skill areas for all ages and abilities. Generally, a bike park’s natural vegetation and terrain is left in place to minimize impacts on the environment and the neighborhood. Citizen interest in bike skills parks has risen substantially in the last decade, and bike parks offer children and adults a fun way to play outside and stay active.
Representatives from the International Mountain Bicycle Association (IMBA) have been involved in the process to help design high-quality bike skills amenities within a neighborhood park setting. IMBA is a leader in bike park development with experience from projects around the world.
The projects will be funded by a combination of impact fees, City and County park funds and in-kind services, donations from the Tanner Olson Memorial Foundation, and a grant from the International Mountain Bicycle Association.
For more information, please contact Garrick Swanson at County Parks, Trails and Open Lands, 258-4719 or email Garrick.
About 30 Syringa Park neighbors and interested citizens attended a planning workshop on Monday, November 30, 2015 to help draft a master park plan for the park. A park master plan provides a framework for planning, design, development and maintenance of the park. Through a collaborative and open public design process, a master plan establishes a shared vision within the community and guides future park development. Residents and City staff completed a master park plan for Bellevue Park in 2014. See above for questions and answers generated from the Nov. 30 meeting.