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Master Plan Public Input Process Could Lead to Renovations and New Amenities
The Board of El Paso County Commissioners gave its approval Thursday, March 30, for a plan that could bring restroom renovations, playground expansion, trail improvements, Pickleball courts, picnic and event pavilions, improvements to the disc golf course and other amenities to Widefield Community Park over the next several years.
Park Planner Ross Williams described the park’s Master Plan at the Board’s regular meeting. He said the plan had been shaped, beginning with a September 2016 online survey that received more than 200 responses. That was followed with shareholder interviews and a pair of public meetings – one last October and another in February.
The Widefield Community Park Master Plan is the latest of five parks plans that the Commissioners have approved since the County adopted its overall Parks Master Plan in 2013. The Board also gave its approval to the Bear Creek Regional Park Mast Plan (2014), the Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan (2015), the Falcon Regional Park Master Plan (2015) and the Fountain Creek Regional Park Master Plan (2016).
“We heard loud and clear when we developed our overall parks master plan that the public wanted us to take care of what we have as well as provide new opportunities that keep pace with the trends,” said Elaine Kleckner, El Paso County Parks Planning Manager.
Kleckner said the 50-acre, Widefield Community Park off Fontaine Boulevard in the southern part of the County is unique because its small size makes it the “only one that’s called a community park in our system.” El Paso County’s regional parks are typically 200 or more acres in size. “It’s more neighborhood oriented, but it does have some special characteristics that draw users from the entire region,” she said.
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