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McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Phase 1 Improvements

Phase 1 Design Review Meeting

Thursday, April 28, 2016
6 p.m.
George Di Ciero City and County Building
1 DesCombes Dr., Broomfield
Zang Spur Room, located on the lower level

The purpose of the April 28 meeting is to review the Design Development Package for the project with the Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee (OSTAC) and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC). The previous conceptual design that was presented to the two committees in November 2015 is now refined and shows more detail about how each of the elements of the plan will actually look. Citizens are welcome to attend the meeting!

McKay-Lambertson Phase 1 Plan areaProject Location: 

The McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Master Plan area is 43.8 acres of undeveloped open land next to the McKay Lake Open Space (which is in the City of Westminster) and located northeast of West 138th Avenue and Zuni Street.

The highest priority features of the overall master plan concept for the area were incorporated into a 16-acre Phase 1 Plan.  It includes a balance of active and passive uses immediately west and south of McKay Lake. The intent of the Phase 1 Plan is to provide public recreational opportunities, park amenities, trails, environmental education facilities, and an open space buffer with habitat enhancements

Background and Current Status: 

Broomfield’s Open Space, Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan identified the area for potential park improvements and open space preservation and includes regional trail connections across the property.

In 2013, an overall master plan concept was completed for the entire McKay/Lambertson Open Lands area. The City Council directed staff to work with residents that serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) and the Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee (OSTAC).to create a stand-alone master plan for Phase 1 improvements (Phase 1 Plan) that can be built with only the McKay Landing development contribution toward a regional park ($1,381,083).

In 2014, a Phase 1 Plan was developed with extensive community input and involvement. City Council heard a presentation on the Phase 1 Plan at its Study Session on March 17, 2015.

On August 25, 2015, City Council unanimously approved a consulting agreement with Root House, LLC, for the Phase 1 design. Design processes began in September. Design documents will tentatively be completed in July 2016. With approval from City Council, staff will then bid the Phase 1 project for construction.

October 22 and 27, 2015 - Broomfield staff met with Root House, LLC and several subject matter experts in the bike park, adaptive sports, fitness and play industries to discuss schematic and conceptual design of features to be included in the Phase 1 Plan. Members of PRAC, OSTAC, and local community members with expertise in these areas were also invited to share their personal experiences, ideas, and comments.

On November 18, 2015, the Parks and Recreation and Open Space and Trails Advisory Committees met to review and discuss the McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Phase 1 park design. Results were also presented from the November 9 and 13 public engagement and the online survey were also presented. See online survey results below. Representatives from Root House Studio, LLC presented the plan vision to create something truly unique to encourage people to be active outdoors. The conceptual park design reflects the four major regional landscapes of Colorado; the plains, riparian zones, foothills, and the Rocky Mountains. Natural materials will be used to create unique spaces conducive to many types of outdoor activity and play. Committee members and the public provided valuable feedback about the proposed plan.

An online survey was available in fall 2015 for citizens to comment on the features proposed in the Phase 1 Plan. View survey results and comments or see the total number of votes per feature



The Phase 1 Master Plan includes the following amenities :

1) Adventure Playground
Adventure Playground   
An unstructured play environment at McKay Lake will create an atmosphere of free play that will invite children and adults to touch, interact with, react to, and build an important and lasting bond with nature and natural elements. 

2) Nature Fitness
Nature Fitness   
The nature fitness course will allow people to choose to move through different natural obstacles to help increase balance, strength, and spatial awareness. 

3) ADA Accessible Bike Sports Trails and Obstacles
ADA Accessible Bikes  Adaptive sports trails and obstacles will be fully integrated into the nature fitness course and bike park to provide fun and challenging options for people using hand-pedal bikes, wheelchairs, and other adaptive devices. 

4) Bike Park
Bike Park  A bike park will give people of all biking abilities a fun place to test their skills. It will include a pump track and several obstacle courses. 

5) Habitat Enhancement
 Habitat Enhancement A mix of native trees, shrubs, and grasses will improve the habitat on the south side of the McKay Lake dam embankment.

6) Lake Overlook & Environmental Education
Lake Overlook  A strategically-placed picnic and educational pavilion on the knoll overlooking McKay Lake will allow people to view the lake, observe wildlife, bird watch, and relax and enjoy the outdoors. 
7) Trails
 Trails A system of 8’ wide, ADA-accessible trails with approximately
0.8 miles of soft surface trails and 0.7 miles of concrete trails is proposed.

Additional Information:

Phase 1 Plan
McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Traffic Study and Parking Analysis
Staff Summary - Traffic Study and Parking Analysis - McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Phase 1 Master Plan
Staff Summary - Public Comments
Staff Summary - Environmental Review - McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Phase 1 Master Plan
Site Elevations from Zuni Street

Please Note:
The timing of Phase 2 is subject to future City Council funding decisions.