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The Town Council is continuing to seek resident input on redevelopment plans for Zimmerman Park. Following our work sessions and on-site meetings with residents in November and December, the Council, working with our engineer, Clark Azar, has developed two revised plans for resident review. After reviewing these plans, described below, you are invited to complete this short survey about the plans and possible park amenities. The survey will be open until January 31, 2022. We also continue to welcome comments sent by email to the Town Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description of Both Concept Plans
The Base Concept Plan shows the existing open field in green and a proposed expansion of the open field in dark green. Areas that are grass or other vegetative cover, and not in the open field, are shown in light green. A design for a walkway to connect the Lee Dennison Sustainable Garden to the sidewalk along East West Highway is shown in grey. There also is a proposed 5 foot fence along East West Highway and a 4 foot fence along part of Maple Avenue. The Base Concept Plan with Amenities shows three added features: a play area, picnic tables and benches, and a walkway loop around the open field. It also includes enhanced storm water management and an additional 4 foot fence along Maple Avenue between the proposed play area and the street. More details are available on the maps themselves. Both plans would allow temporary fencing to be attached to the permanent fencing to encircle the green space for use as an occasional off-leash dog exercise area.
Please note that these two plans are what the Council considers the “bookends” of our options: the Base Concept Plan includes the core elements, while the Base Concept Plan with Amenities includes the additional elements that the Council believes should be considered based on resident input to date. However, a final decision, based on survey results and additional resident input, could be a hybrid plan with some, but not all, amenities. The survey requests your views as to what amenities, if any, you prefer.
High-Level Budget for Both Concept Plans
The budgets for these concept plans are not final; however, the Base Concept Plan is likely to cost approximately $325,000-$375,000, while the Base Concept Plan with Amenities is likely to cost an additional $225,000-$375,000. The higher cost results from the amenities themselves, plus associated stormwater mitigation and greater costs for design work, mobilization, ADA compliance, maintenance, and contingencies. It is important to note that the Town has secured a state open space grant of up to $337,500, with 75% coming from the state and 25% coming from the Town. Therefore, the net cost to the Town of the Base Concept Plan is approximately $95,000, while the net cost of the Base Concept Plan with Amenities is approximately $415,000. A final plan with one or two of the amenities would be somewhere between these lower and upper cost estimates.
Survey Open Through Monday, January 31
Thank you in advance for completing this survey. In addition to this survey, the Council will continue to accept your comments in any way you wish to provide them, including by email to the Town Office at email@example.com. We look forward to discussing this again at a work session in February!