JULY 29 COMMUNITY MEETING
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Our thanks to the approximately 70 residents who joined our community meeting via Zoom or Facebook, we hope you found the presentation of value and appreciate your participation in the quick poll on some of the conceptual options that were shared.
The Survey is Now Closed
Our thanks to everyone who completed our quick online survey on the conceptual options that had been shared at the July 29 Community Meeting to gauge residents’ opinions on the proposed improvement options. We had an impressive 462 responses, and you can view the results by clicking on the following links:
The 2018 Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan was developed to serve as a guiding document for future decision-making on how to get the most value from the City’s limited parkland and the facilities within them, while fulfilling the recreational wants and needs of residents. The plan made several recommendations for potential improvements at Northam Park that were not previously included in past-year renovations and upgrades that had included the new Tremont Pool, the playground, Centennial Plaza and parking lot improvements.
In response to these recommendations, the Parks & Recreation Department initiated a project for the schematic design of infrastructure improvements to the athletic fields and tennis court complex, and commissioned MSA Sport to lead this process. Given the well-established nature of Northam Park and existing uses, the intent of this project is not to redesign or reprogram the park but to study and develop a long-term plan for enhancements to those existing athletic and civic facilities already contained within the park that are in need of renovation or replacement.
This study process, which began in January of 2020 is scheduled for completion by the fall (the timeline was extended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic). At its conclusion, MSA will provide a “Vision Package” for improvements that will include renderings and schematic drawings. It will also include phasing information and cost estimates, to assist the Parks & Recreation Department as it schedules improvements within the Parks Capital Improvement Program.
As a first step in the study process, a series of focus group meetings were scheduled for late January, designed to obtain input from members of the community that make frequent use of the existing facilities. These meetings included field sports representatives, members of the Northam Park Tennis Courts, community event representatives and park neighbors.
In addition to reviewing the feedback obtained from the focus groups, MSA undertook a detailed review of existing conditions, consulted with clay court vendors and experts, and began preliminary design concepts for improvements.
The public was invited to participate in a second round of engagement, at which time the refined conceptual designs were shared during an online community meeting. A recording of the meeting and a copy of the presentation are available in Associated Documents. The Parks & Recreation Department also hosted an online survey seeking feedback on the conceptual options that had been developed by MSA. These concepts—and resident feedback— were shared with the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.
Staff continue to work with MSA to refine the conceptual options based on community input. A Northam Park Vision Package will be presented to City Council based on input received throughout the process. This will include renderings and schematic drawings. It will also include phasing information and cost estimates, to assist the Parks & Recreation Department as it schedules improvements within the Parks Capital Improvement Program.
- Online Survey: July 30-August 11
- Community Meeting: July 29
Look for Associated Documents here. To view all Presentations and Survey Results, search our Archives Portal – Parks Projects using the Northam Park Fields & Tennis project name.