Leon Valley
TX

Staff Report
17-44

Presentation, Discussion and Possible Action on The Ridge at Leon Valley Proposed Park Survey Results and Park Commission Recommendations.

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Category:Presentation

Item Discussion

PURPOSE

 

To discuss and consider possible action on The Ridge at Leon Valley proposed park survey results and Park Commission recommendations.

 

In January of 2017, 381 park surveys were sent to households in Seneca Estates Unit #3, The Ridge at Leon Valley, Brisas Estates, Rollingwood Estates, and properties along Aids Drive, to gain citizen input on the development of a park just behind The Ridge at Leon Valley. The Park Commission held public meetings at the February, March, and May Park Commisison meetings and the residents were sent invitation to these meetings. Approximately 10 - 20 residents were in attendance at each meeting.

 

As of the May 11, 2017, Park Commission, the City received 51 completed surveys, with 8 surveys being returned undeliverable, resulting in a return rate of 13.39%. One letter was received after the Park Commission meeting was held and it is attached. The tallied results of the survey are as follows:

 

·              Most respondents gender                                           female             

·              Most respondents age                                          36-50

·              Children / no children in home                            25/22

·              Park visits per week                                                        1-2

·              Would most likely access park by                            walking

 

·              Most respondents preferred name of park:

o              Leon Valley Park                                          5

o              The Ridge Park                                          3

o              Seneca Ridge Park                                          2

o              Ridge Valley Park                                          2

o              Park at the Ridge                                          2

o              Chris Riley Park                                          2             

 

·              Most respondents preferred amenities:

o              Trail system                                                        40

o              Basketball Court                                          20

o              Children’s playscape                            35

o              Open play area                                          32

o              Picnic area w/BBQ pits                            26

o              Fitness equipment                                          19

o              Pavilion                                                        24

o              Drinking fountain                                          32

o              Benches/seating                                          41

o              Bike Racks                                                        23

 

·              Other preferred amenities:

o              Lights                                                                      4

o              Restrooms                                                        2

o              Security Cameras                                          2

o              All others                                                        1 ea

 

·              General Consensus Comments:

 

o              Security - must be policed

o              Concerned about noise

o              Lighting preferred

o              Concerned about upkeep

o              No athletic fields - concerned about over usage, noise, attracting crime

o              Parking - some for and some against, but majority of users would walk to this park

o              Overall very happy to be getting a neighborhood park

o              No full court basketball - just a place to shoot hoops

 

The full report is in the attached PowerPoint presentation.

 

SEE LEON VALLEY

 

Social Equity - Providing the citizens with additional parkland adds to the overall quality of life.

 

Economic Development - Increasing available parkland may entice more residents, which would attract more businesses to either stay in or relocate to Leon Valley.

 

Environmental Stewardship - Parks are critical in the role of preserving natural resources that have real economic benefits for communities. Installing parks protects open space, connects children to nature, and provides education & programming that help communities engage in conservation practices.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

The park budget Capital Acquisition line item for this proposed park is $10,000. Staff will seek grant funding from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and place funds in the proposed budget for next fiscal year.

 

Document Comments

PARK COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS

 

At the May 11, 2017, Regular Park Commission meeting, the Park Commission heard the final survey results and now makes the following recommendations:

 

Name of Park:

 

The Ridge at Leon Valley Park

 

Preferred Amenities:

 

·              Walking path

·              Basketball hoop shoot area

·              Playscape

·              Fitness Area

·              Open play area

 

 

Meeting History

Jun 6, 2017 7:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

Public Works Director Melinda Moritz and Park Commission Chairman Roger Christianson presented the item to discuss and consider possible action on The Ridge at Leon Valley proposed park survey results and Park Commission recommendations.

In January of 2017, 381 park surveys were sent to households in Seneca Estates Unit #3, The Ridge at Leon Valley, Brisas Estates, Rollingwood Estates, and properties along Aids Drive, to gain citizen input on the development of a park just behind The Ridge at Leon Valley. The Park Commission held public meetings at the February, March, and May Park Commission meetings and the residents were sent invitation to these meetings. Approximately 10 - 20 residents were in attendance at each meeting.

As of the May 11, 2017, Park Commission, the City received 51 completed surveys, with 8 surveys being returned undeliverable, resulting in a return rate of 13.39%.

The park budget Capital Acquisition line item for this proposed park is $10,000. Staff will seek grant funding from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and place funds in the proposed budget for next fiscal year.

At the May 11, 2017, Regular Park Commission meeting, the Park Commission heard the final survey results and now makes the following recommendations:

Name of Park: The Ridge at Leon Valley Park

Preferred Amenities: walking path, basketball hoop shoot area, playscape, fitness area, open play area.

A motion was made by Council Member David Jordan and seconded by Council Member David Edwards to approve.

RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:David Jordan, Mayor Pro Tem
SECONDER:David Edwards, Council Place 1
AYES:David Jordan, David Edwards, Belinda Ealy, Benny Martinez
EXCUSED:Monica Alcocer

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