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Pueblo West Metropolitan District initially contacted the CCCD in the Fall of 2017 regarding the development of a pocket park intended to be constructed as part of an athletic complex long range development plan. Over time, it became evident that the site was just one of several options to be considered for the location of a community park within the rapidly developing district. With the specific location of the park to be determined, this project sought to offer the community a flexible, "kit of parks" approach that considered a wide range design elements depending on the size of the available land and funding options.
The project included a proposal for three park layouts: small (1 acre), medium (1.5 acres), and large (1.75 acres). When a site was ultimately selected and funding became available, these could in turn act as guidelines along with County standards and regulations to give the community of what the park could reasonably hold and how much it would cost to build. The flexible and modular nature of the approach furthermore enabled the possibility of future expansion should opportunities of available land and funding arise. As the project team met with the community, the desire for multiple, dispersed park options was preferred over a central park model that would almost certainly require users to drive to. In this sense, the "kit of parks" approach aligned with the needs of this expanding community.
Field Supervisor: Jeff Wood
CCCD Team: Gregory Allen Davidson, Ivy Steele
DOLA Regional Managers: Lee Merkel, Crestina Martinez
Community Collaborators: Darrin Tangeman, District Manager; Bradley Curtis, Public Works Director; Carol Cosby, Parks and Recreation Director