Santa Rita Park
Santa Rita Park is a heavily used park space within the City of Durango parks system. From May through November 2021, site construction will be occurring to replace park amenities that were displaced by development of the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility (SRWRF) including a lighted basketball court, two lighted sand volleyball courts and a large picnic pavilion. Access to the Santa Rita Park playing field, playground and river will remain open during construction.
Multiple years of construction disturbance has displaced and affected public use of the park. The implementation of park improvements at Santa Rita Park in 2021 will complete the transformation at Santa Rita comprising public park amenities and state-of-the-art water treatment infrastructure.
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Mason Center Park
A transition occurred in early May 2021 with the demolition of the building structures that were originally built in 1951 as school classrooms. The building structures had reached end of life after 70 years and with removal, the public park space is being established as revegetated open space. By summer 2021, the site will be revegetated with grassy slopes. The former gymnasium structure has been retained for City use. The structure will also be fitted with an updated energy efficient lighting system and receive brick and paint repairs.
The Mason Center Park Improvement meeting took place on January 21, 2021.
The PowerPoint Presentation from the meeting may be viewed here. To receive the audio recording from the January 21, 2021 Mason Center Park Improvement virtual meeting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mason Center 2021 Demolition and Restoration Plan
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Hillcrest View Park
A new playground space is planned for Hillcrest View Park to be built in 2021. A community meeting was conducted in late January with input that included improving pedestrian access into the park, improving seating and maintaining a smaller, neighborhood scale for the playground.
The playground area will be lowered to improve the overall accessibility between the park and street levels. Limited site work and playground installation is currently scheduled to occur in late summer 2021.
Hillcrest View Park Exhibit
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The Hillcrest View Park Improvement meeting took place January 28, 2021. The PowerPoint Presentation from the meeting may be viewed here
Park improvements including ADA accessible parking, an ADA accessible sidewalk to the shade pavilion, natural climbing boulders, tree plantings and landscape improvements at the west edge of the park are planned for installation in 2021. Community feedback specific to possible park and play area improvements was provided during a neighborhood meeting in February. Suggested park improvements included additional tree plantings, additional buffer landscape and irrigation at the west edge of the park, low scale and naturalistic play, additional seating, and better parking/accessibility.
Site work and landscape improvements are currently scheduled to occur in late summer 2021.
Animas River Trail Improvements:
Rank Park to Demon Pedestrian Bridge
The existing trail surface in this section of the Animas River Trail between Rank Park and the Demon Pedestrian Bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2021. Design documentation is currently underway for trail improvements that will include a wider concrete trail platform and enhanced drainage infrastructure. Construction of the trail improvements is currently scheduled to begin in late summer 2021 following a competitive bidding process and following the peak summertime trail use period.
Animas River Trail North Extension - 32nd Street and Animas River Crossing
Animas River Trail to SMART 160 Trail Connection
The multi-use, hard-surface, SMART 160 Trail connection will be the primary community trail corridor between the Three Springs area of Durango and the Animas River Trail within the City of Durango. The final build out of the SMART 160 Trail will provide approximately 2.6 miles of trail. Progress has been made with development of portions of the trail on the both the western and eastern ends of the connection.
The preliminary alignment for the remaining portion of trail has been identified in coordination with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and adjacent property owners. The 1.25 mile long trail segment corridor included in SMART 160 East Trail Connection project will provide public trail connection between a proposed future underpass of Highway 550/160 at the Sale Barn trailhead and the developed trail at the Highway 550/160 overpass bridge structures, linking central Durango to the Three Springs area of the community together.
All design, bid and construction plans will be completed for the project to be bid for construction in late 2022, following all project permitting requirements. Construction is anticipated to be initiated in early 2023.
Pickleball Courts and Dog Park at Community Park at Three Springs
The design process was initiated in April 2021 for the development of eight (8) lit pickleball courts and an approximate 2-acre fenced dog park at Three Springs. The development of the pickleball courts and dog play/park area will be the first phase of implementation of the Durango Community Park at Three Springs. The new park area will be accessed from the proximity of Bocea Ranch Parkway and Sage View Street.
Public and stakeholder outreach will begin in June 2021 with design documentation anticipated to be completed by late November 2021. Construction of the new pickleball court and dog park amenities is scheduled to begin in early spring 2022.
Durango Mesa Area Plan
The City of Durango is initiating the development of an area plan for Durango Mesa, the property previously known as Ewing Mesa. With the assistance of the community, the City and its partners will identify future uses for the property that will focus on recreation, cultural amenities, open space and other public purposes consistent with the goals of the City’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan and the soon to be completed Parks, Opens Space, Trails and Recreation Master Plan. The plan will also incorporate the findings of the recently completed La Plata County Multi-Use Event Center Master Plan. Development of the Durango Mesa Area Plan is being funded through a generous $100,000 grant from the LOR Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing livability and quality of life in the Intermountain West.
Cundiff Park Planning & Design
Cundiff Park hosts the BMX track, a mountain bike beginner's pump track, the Animas River Trail and Animas River Access. Future development is proposed for Cundiff Park once Phase I of Durango Mesa Park has been completed, which consists of moving the BMX track up to the Durango Mesa Park. Cundiff Park Final Concept Plan