WAGNER PARK FIELD RENOVATION
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CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE NARRATIVE:
During spring and late summer 2014, site activities will be occurring at
Wagner Park that are associated with renovating the park’s turfgrass so the
park is better able to meet the public needs.
Renovation activities will include:
Areas of Wagner Park are closed to public use
every spring to allow the turfgrass to recover and regrow following
winter. In 2014, maintenance operations necessary
to recover the turfgrass will occur again.
From mid-April through late-May sections of the park will be closed to
public use while turfgrass is being regrown and new irrigation and electrical
infrastructure is installed.
The proposed electrical infrastructure will
provide a series of connection points around the perimeter of the park that
will increase utility-provided power capacity at Wagner Park for event
power. The City of Aspen Electric
Utility provides sustainably generated electricity to the community and is a
significantly better alternative than the utilization of portable generators
that rely on fossil fuel.
Wagner Park will be open to public use in
early June. The 2014 Food and Wine
Classic will interrupt open public use of the park in mid-June, followed by
turfgrass recovery closures in late June.
Traditional turf management will occur within the park during June and
July to ensure robust turfgrass health immediately prior to final renovation
work in August. The park will be open to
public use during and after July 4th. Beginning on August 4th, field renovation
work will resume and sections of the park will be closed to public use while renovation
The renovation work occurring at Wagner Park
is being done to reduce the amount of time that the park is “offline” to public
use following high public and special event use, necessary for turfgrass
re-establishment. Wagner Park is the
central ‘town green’ for the community and the renovation work will allow the
park to meet an increased public need going into the future.
In addition to the renovation work occurring
at Wagner Park, the City is acquiring an effective temporary flooring system
that will be utilized during special events at the park to protect the most
heavily used sections of the park. When
the turfgrass is protected from the intense pedestrian and vehicular uses
associated with special events, the turfgrass is able to recover much more
quickly, which in turn enables the park to be reopened to general public use
in early 2011, a series of environmental enhancements have been developed at
Rio Grande Park. Change has been
occurring at the park to meet the overall goal of accommodating and improving
the quality of approximately 2/3 of central Aspen’s storm water conveyance as
it passes from the storm drains to the Roaring Fork River. The scope of the project work has included
creation of a series of constructed wetlands and ponds within the lower
sections of the park to improve water quality, which is also the area of the
park designated as the John Denver Sanctuary.
Extensive site work has
occurred within the John Denver Sanctuary to fully realize the design vision
initiated in 2000, which includes perennial gardens, closeness to the river
riparian habitat and improvement of the Theatre Aspen performance venue. Theatre Aspen’s performance facility was
completely reconstructed in 2011 and 2012 and was designed to integrate into
the John Denver Sanctuary.
Improvements that have been
occurring in 2013 include construction of a new public restroom building that
will utilize composting toilet and gray water systems and a new irrigation pump
house building. Both buildings have been
built to better meet public park needs while achieving significant water
savings for park uses. The 2013 work
scope has also included a realignment of the Rio Grande Trail that passes
through Rio Grande Park. The new trail alignment includes two new pedestrian
bridges with an enhanced user experience adjacent to water courses. The Rio Grande Trail should be re-opened
through the park by mid-late November 2013.
final phase of environmental enhancements at Rio Grande Park will occur in 2014
and integrate storm water conveyance with improved pedestrian amenities along
North Mill Street and the western edge of the park.
planning effort has also been initiated in 2013 to design a ‘street-skate’
expansion area to the very popular Rio Grande Skatepark. A street-skate expansion area is planned to
be developed in mid-late 2014.
Click Here for the Site Plan
existing Rio Grande Skate Park, located within Rio Grande Park was built in
2001 and at that time was a state-of-the-art facility. Since the implementation of the skate park,
it has been a major success. Attracting visitors near and far, it always seems
to full of all types of skaters from beginners to advanced. Because of the success and popularity of the
current skate park, it has become overcrowded during many points of the skating
season. The skate park is currently and
has been the most widely used park feature within the City of Aspen park
system. This overcrowding issue has been
expressed to the Parks Department and other City of Aspen Staff. Therefore, the need and idea of an expansion
of the skate park has been talked about for many years now. Beginning in 2006
the idea of an expansion to the existing skate initiated and was incorporated
into the Rio Grande Master Plan in 2007.
It has been expressed by the skate community a need to compensate for
the amount of use the existing park is getting currently. The current skate park is missing the needed square
footage and street skate features, which the current design is lacking. This expansion would again make the Rio Grande
Skate Park a state-of-the-art facility creating the necessary square footage of
skateable space needed to accommodate for the current and future increased use
of the skate park.
for the Rio Grande Skate Park Street Skate Expansion will commence following
contract approval and continue through early spring of 2014. Once the design is vetted out through charrette(s),
open house(s) Parks Staff and Team Pain will present the design to City Council
for their approval of the design and further presenting part 2 of the
construction services contract. If
approved, construction work is currently anticipated to begin in the spring of
2015 and continue into the summer of 2015 until completed.
CLICK HERE FOR A FEW CONCEPTUAL DESIGN IMAGES FROM OUR LAST PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE MEETING MARCH 18, 2014.
Any Questions or comments please feel free to contact Steve
Cronin at the Parks Department at: 970-429-2896 or by email at
This project is 100% complete!
Currently, the existing bridge is
failing due to damage to one of the existing abutments. The new bridge
will utilize replacement abutments or caissons to regain the integrity
of the bridge landing. The bridge will need to span Maroon Creek
without supplemental piers or pylons.
The primary goals of the project are to:
- Remove the existing Bob Helm Bridge;
- Design a new bridge that will match the character of the old Bob Helm Bridge;
- Construct and install the new bridge.
New Bridge - Current Conditions 1/7/2013
This project is 100% complete!
The City of Aspen Parks Department has been given the
opportunity, through private donation, to enhance the current conditions
of the Aspen Golf Club’s practice facility. The desire for
improvements was brought forward early this spring of 2012. Soon after,
conceptual design started on a pitching / sand bunker practice area on
the west side of the driving range adjacent to the Chatfield Trail. This
area includes: a small pitching green, three types of sand bunkers, a
turf fairway leading up to the green from the existing chipping green,
and a large native landscape berm on the surrounding the pitching area
mainly for protection from the players hitting on the driving range.
Furthermore, the landscape berms potentially protect the trail users on
Chatfield Trail from less than proficient golf shots. This new practice
facility fills a much needed void for the top rated Aspen Golf Club.
Since its existence golfers have not been able to practice shots out of
the sand or hitting a long shot out of a fairway bunker. This area will
greatly enhance the courses practice facility, while improving its
excellence as one of the top municipal golf courses in the nation. This
is currently under construction and will be completed this spring
Another part of this project includes the
reconstruction of the driving range tee area. The current size of the
existing tee area does not provide sufficient space to retain a
favorable hitting surface due to constant usage. At its current size it
does not allow enough time to let the turf to regenerate fully to
re-use before golfers use the area again for practice. Consequently the
entire driving range tee ends up being in less than favorable
conditions during most of the golf season. Due to these ongoing
maintenance issues, the Parks Department along with the Aspen Golf Club
staff has found the need to increase the size of the driving range tees
by roughly 50% in size. The actual foot print of the tee area will not
increase substantially. The design intent was to create one larger
single driving range tee by combining the existing double tiered tee
hitting areas. This utilizes the space between the tees, as hitting
areas, creating a more sustainable site for users and staff. This project is 100% complete!
- The Smuggler Mountain Open Space trail restoration process will continue throughout this summer. The restoration will consist of restoring old double track roads into single track trails. With the help of RFOV the planting of trees, shrubs, and implementing native seed into these areas will greatly improve user experience while maintaining a pristine landscape. Want to help? Saturday, August 28 from 8am-4pm is the time to help restore the beautiful environment with the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer’s. Contact 927-8241 to sign up.