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Mehaffey Park Project Information

As the project moves forward, all information will be posted here in chronological order with most recent information at the top of the page.

PLANS:

Mehaffey Park Site Plan 2015

Site Plan 3-2015 (PDF) 

UPDATES: 

  • NEWS RELEASE:  "Public to Weigh In on Plans for New Disc Golf Course"

    LOVELAND, August 24, 2016 –

    The public is invited to a workshop to view and discuss proposed design plans for a new 9-hole disc golf course to be built in Mehaffey Community Park this fall. The workshop will start with a brief presentation followed by small group discussion.

    The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 7 in Shelter A at Mehaffey Park, 3285 West 22nd St. in Loveland.  Attendees should enter the park from the south off of 22nd Street.  The park is located west of Wilson Avenue, north of 22nd Street and south of 29th Street.

    Mehaffey Park, which opened in August of 2015, is a 64-acre community park. The disc golf course was included in the original park plans but not constructed with the rest of the park. The City is now ready to complete the course and install tees, pads, baskets and signage in order to open the course in fall 2016. Equipment will be ordered in September and the installation should be completed in November.

    For more information on park features, reservations, activities and updates, please visit www.cityofloveland.org/mehaffey

  • May 2015 Update -
     
    The climbing wall contractor and playground equipment installers continue to work on the playground but due to the wet weather, progress has slowed and has pushed the schedule out several weeks. ECI continues to work on placing crusher fines, and Belmire continues to work on landscaping and irrigation as the weather permits. The project remains within budget and still on schedule for a late July “soft” opening.
     
    Due to weather delays staff determined that a new date was necessary for the Grand Opening, which is now scheduled for August 1, 2015.
    The following press release issued on May 7th is announcing the NEW Grand Opening date:

    “The City will celebrate the opening of Mehaffey Park on, Saturday, August 1, 2015 (new date.) Mehaffey Park, a 64-acre park meeting the growing recreation needs of Loveland’s northwest quadrant, will be the city’s second-largest community park. The park is located north of 22nd Street, south of 29th Street and west of Wilson Avenue. The park, purchased from the Mehaffey family in 1997, has been under construction since August 2013 with ECI Site Construction Management, as the general contractor. Logan Simpson, prepared the master plan and construction documents as the lead landscape architecture firm.

    There are so many awesome amenities this park will offer our community – from tennis and pickle ball courts to a dog park that’s sure to please all of our 4-legged friends….from an adventure playground and climbing wall that is out of this world, to several sports fields, and a skate park that is state of the art design. And so much more! Look for additional information on the grand opening celebration and events at www.cityofloveland.org/mehaffey.  A full schedule will be available after June 1, 2015.”

    Mehaffey Shelters Construction
     
    Mehaffey Tree House Construction
     
  • April 2015 Update -  
    The City will celebrate the opening of Mehaffey Park on July 11, 2015.  

    Mehaffey Park, a 64-acre park meeting the growing recreation needs of Loveland’s northwest quadrant, will be the city’s second-largest community park. The park is located north of 22nd Street, south of 29th Street and west of Wilson Avenue. The park, purchased from the Mehaffey family in 1997, has been under construction since August 2013 with ECI Site Construction Management, as the general contractor. Logan Simpson, prepared the master plan and construction documents as the lead landscape architecture firm.

    There’s so many awesome amenities this park will offer our community – from tennis and pickleball courts to a dog park that’s sure to please all of our 4-legged friends….from an adventure playground and climbing wall that is out of this world, to several sports fields, and a skate park that is state of the art design. And so much more!

    Look for additional information on the grand opening celebration and events to be posted online here.  A full schedule will be available after June 1, 2015.

PREVIOUS UPDATES:

Due to the flood in Sept 2013, and staff’s workload to manage the flood and recovery process, the Mehaffey webpage has not been updated for the last 9 months. We are happy to report that in March 2014, City council approved full funding for the construction of the park and provided an additional $3.1M to complete the skate park, tennis courts, pickleball courts and the north restroom and parking lot. The project opening date has been extended to the spring of 2015 due to the addition of the new work.  An opening date will be determined this fall as construction progress continues.

The construction schedule was delayed due the winter weather and spring rains but is still progressing well and the City is pleased with the progress that ECI Site Construction Management has been providing on the project.

Below is a snapshot of the progress made on the project over the last few months along with photos of the construction work on-site, in chronological order with most recent information at the top:

  • November/December 2014 Update -  Work has slowed down for these months and only the playground and landscape contractors were working. Most of the major components in the park are complete. The playground climbing wall continues as the weather permits and irrigation laterals are in progress in the north area of the park. ECI continues to work but not on a regular basis and the work site trailer has been moved off-site. The artist Robert Tully has installed the Stone Mosaic wall on the site and still has work on the back side of the art wall to complete over the next few weeks. This is the last of 3 pieces of art that were planned for the park. The project remains within budget and still on schedule. Staff will finalize the budget for the playground in early January.
     
    Stone Wall Art
     
    Playground Climbing Wall
     
  • October 2014 Update -  The artist, Robert Tully, completed the final stone installation on the “Compass”. The contractor completed the construction of the north Restroom, excluding punch list items. Skate Park lighting is complete and the police are now patrolling to keep the skaters out of the park afterhours and on weekends. Roofing for all 3 shelters are in progress. Irrigation and seeding was completed on the north multi-purpose field. The seed took off and is establishing very well. Irrigation installation continues on the rest of the park and the contractor will be working on the SE quadrant in the next 30 days. Additional sidewalk and mow curbs are in progress throughout the park. The playground installer is progressing well on the vertical climbing walls but this will take several more months to complete. Staff will be completing punch lists in preparation of close out of the restrooms, paving and sidewalks later this month. The project remains within budget and is on schedule.
     
    Shelter Roof
     
    Multiuse Fields
     
    Robert Tully Compass Artist
     
    Compass Completed
      
  • September 2014 Update - The contractor is 90% completed with the construction of the north Restroom. Interior lighting, finishes and painting are in progress. The Skate Park is complete but REMAINS CLOSED! Skate Park lighting is in progress. All 3 shelters are in progress with roofing installation started. Irrigation and seed is in progress on the north multi-purpose field. The bluegrass seed in the south field is established and the City will take over maintenance this week. Dry land grass seed is also establishing well in the SW quadrant of the park. Irrigation installation continues on the rest of the park and the contractor will be working on the SE quadrant in the next 30 days. Additional sidewalk and mow curbs are in progress in NW area of the park. The playground installer completed the footings for the climbing walls and will be installing the pre-cast walls in October & November. Although sections of the park are complete or may look complete. The Park remains closed to the public and the Police have been issuing tickets to trespassers – so for the safety of the workers PLEASE do not TRESSPASS or enter the park site at any time. The project remains within budget and is on schedule to open early in the summer of 2015.

    Skatepark Street Course 
     
    Skatepark Snakerun Hips
     
    Shelter Framing
     
    Fields Orchard
     
  • August 2014 Update -  The contractor continues to make progress with the construction of the north Restroom, Skate Park and the shelter installation. The stone for the north restroom is complete. The “street course” at the skate park is in progress. Tennis court lighting is complete and the only remaining lights to be installed are at the new parking area by the basketball court. The bluegrass seed is taking well and growing in the south multipurpose fields. The orchard tress and other plant material have been installed in the SW quadrant of the park. Irrigation installation continues on the rest of the park and the contractor will be working on the SE quadrant in the next 30 days. The sidewalk and 22nd Street curb, gutter, road base and paving are now complete. The remaining paving for the park will be completed later this fall.

    The project remains within budget and is on schedule. Staff is still working on the final details for the playground including the final design of the swing bridges at the rock walls. Staff continues to provide construction management and inspections for the project and work is progressing well.
     
    RestroomRock

    Skate Snake

    Skate Park Pool

    Skate Course

 

  • July 2014 Update -   The contractor continues to make great progress with the construction of the north Restroom, Skate Park and picnic lawn walls. The stone mason is working on the face stone for the north restroom. The ‘Pool’ is complete and the ‘Snake run’ is in progress at the skate park. Sections of the street course are also complete and staff has been coordinating the final design of the shelter and plaza at the skate park. Tennis court lighting is in progress and all trail lights have been installed. Irrigation installation is complete in the south quadrant of the park and the pump station is operational. Planting and seeding will start in this section of the park at the end of the month. The second art piece, the Compass, has been installed. Flatwork for the sidewalks and 22nd Street curb, gutter, grading and road base was delayed due to weather and the contractors schedule but should be completed by the end of July.

    The project remains within budget and to date $202,982.71 of change orders or revisions have been approved. Staff continues to provide construction management and inspections for the project and work is progressing well.



    Artwork

    Bathrooms Wall

    Wall
     
     
  • June 2014 Update –  The contractor has made great progress this past month with the construction of the north Restroom, Skate Park and picnic lawn walls. Some Tennis court fencing was completed in early June but the contractor has left and will complete the remaining fence, along with court surfacing, this fall. Irrigation installation is in progress in the south quadrant of the park and the pump station should be operational by the end of the month. The caissons for all 3 the picnic shelters are complete. The first of 3 art pieces has been installed, the Overland Trail Marker. Flatwork for the sidewalks and 22nd Street curb, gutter, grading and road base is scheduled for the end of June.

    Final details for the playground railing are in progress. All play equipment has been ordered and should be arriving over the summer for installation this fall. Staff continues to provide construction management and inspections daily for the project and work is progressing well.

    Earth Work

    Rock Wall

    Skate Bowl

    Art Pillar

    Art Overland Trail

 

  • May 2014 Update - Despite inclement weather, good progress was made in many areas of the park. Work continues with installation of the stone walls at the picnic lawn, the tennis and pickleball courts were poured in early May. Skatepark construction has begun and the north restroom is underway. The entrance sign was set and stone will be added this summer. Irrigation installation is in progress in the south quadrant of the park and the pond was filled in late April. The south storm water structures are now complete in preparation for the summer storms. Roofing is in progress on the south restroom. Flatwork for the sidewalks and 22nd Street curb and gutter were delayed due to wet weather and will be rescheduled for later this summer. Excluding the post tension court installation, concrete pours may slow progress over the summer due to the high demand for the product across Colorado. The general contractor continues to schedule and manage work on-site for the best efficiencies and will monitor all sub-contractors work. The skatepark design was completed in April and the playground final design, layout and details are in progress. Staff continues to provide construction management and inspections daily for the project and work is progressing well.

    Skate Bowl Forms

    Sign

    Rock Wall

    Walls
     
  • April 2014 Update - Work continues with installation of the south storm water structures. Irrigation mainline installation continues as weather permits. Flatwork for the sidewalks were completed. The Tennis court retaining wall footer is completed and the north Restroom footers are complete. The pond retaining walls are in progress. Concrete pours have slowed down progress due to the high demand for the product across Colorado but if the weather holds we should make good progress in May on the project. Preliminary design work for the skate park is in progress and the model for the playground is complete. Staff has approved both designs and work on the skate park and playground will commence in May. The tennis courts contractor should also be working in May on the post tension courts.

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    Tennis wall footer  2
     
  • March 2014 Update - Work continues with installation of the south storm water structures.. Exterior restroom walls and roof are nearing completion and interior wall construction is in progress. Stone veneer is in progress on the south restroom. The irrigation pumps were set on 3/18, ahead of schedule and irrigation mainline installation continues as weather permits.

    Restroom Building 032114

    South Drop Structure W of Entry 

 

MEHAFFEY PARK TEMPORARY TRAIL RELOCATION -

Starting on September 3rd, 2013, the City of Loveland Recreation Trail will be temporarily rerouted between W. 22nd Street and W. 29th Street for the construction of Mehaffey Park. The existing trail will be removed and a temporary soft trail will be in place west of the future Mehaffey Park until the fall of 2014. For more information, you may contact the Parks & Recreation Administration Office at: (970) 962-2727 

TRAIL SIGN (PDF)

Rec Trail Rerouted Mehaffey 

 

PROJECT UPDATE 8-21-13:

The contractor will be working on Saturdays, continuing with over-lot grading as long as the weather remains dry and conditions remain favorable. This work will continue on Saturdays through August and September.

  • Normal work hours during the week are from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Normal Saturday work hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you have concerns regarding construction or to report issues with construction or safety – please contact ECI Site Construction Management at: (970) 669-6291.

If you have questions regarding the park design, schedule for construction, or issues related to the temporary trail relocation – please call the Parks & Recreation Administration Office at: (970)962-2727 or the Senior Parks Planner, Janet Meisel-Burns at: (970) 962-2451.

 

Media Release 8-20-13:
Mehaffey Park construction set to begin

After more than a decade of waiting – and 22 months of planning, engineering and City review and approval – construction of Mehaffey Park begins with a ground breaking ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at 3350 W. 29th St.

The 64-acre park, meeting the growing recreation needs of Loveland’s northwest quadrant, will be the city’s second-largest community park.

Mehaffey will feature seven lighted tennis courts, four lighted pickleball courts, three multi-purpose sports fields, two group picnic pavilions, an adventure playground and a 15,000-square-foot skate park, a dog park and two restrooms.

The park also includes the City’s first arboretum, featuring a wide variety of trees and other plantings.

An irrigation pond in the park’s southeast quadrant, built in collaboration with the City’s Stormwater Division, will serve as a stormwater detention reservoir as well as a park amenity. The new park will have access points on West 22nd Street, West 29th Street and the City Recreation Trail.

Major earth-moving and utility installation work on the park will begin Aug. 21 and continues through the rest of 2013. A 12-month construction timetable will lead to an opening of the park in September 2014.

For additional information regarding the project progress, schedule and updates, please check the following website: www.CityofLoveland.org/Mehaffey, or contact Janet Meisel-Burns, Senior Park Planner, at (970) 962.2727 or by email at Janet.Meisel-Burns@cityofloveland.org

 

Mehaffey Park Project Schedule:

Mehaffey Schedule Updated 2/25/13 (Click for PDF)

Mehaffey Schedule web thumb 02-25-13

 

HISTORICAL DATA _______________________________________

 

Final Findings

On May 16, 2013, the Current Planning Division posted the Final Findings for approval of the Mehaffey Park project. Staff recommends that the Current Planning Manager approve a Type 2 Zoning Permit for the Mehaffey Park Special Review #906, subject to the conditions listed in the Final Findings report, listed below:

Final Findings (PDF)

 

Preliminary Findings

On Monday, May 6, 2013, the Current Planning Division posted the Preliminary Findings for the Mehaffey Park project. The Findings report include staff’s recommendation for approval of the project with conditions, a summary description of the project, summary of the neighborhood meeting held on April 25, 2013 and the Current Planning Divisions analysis and findings . Below is a link to the full report:

Premilinary Findings(PDF)

If you have questions regarding the report please contact Kerri Burchett, Principal Planner @ 970-962-2566 or Kerri.Burchett@cityofloveland.org. Below is information regarding the public comment period for the Preliminary Findings. We will also post the Final Statement of Findings when they are available after May 16, 2013 on this Mehaffey Project webpage.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

The seven (7) day comment period for the neighborhood will be from May 6, 2013 to 5:00 pm May 15, 2013.

APPEAL PERIOD

The Final Statement of Findings and Intent to Issue a Type 2 Permit will be issued on May 16, 2013. You may review these findings at the Current Planning office during regular business hours. You may also call the Current Planning office at (970) 962-2523 to have a copy mailed to you. The appeal period will be from May 16, 2013 to 5:00 p.m. May 28, 2013. If you wish to file an appeal, you must submit a written appeal, on the approved form, to the Current Planning office by no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 28, 2013.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed Mehaffey Park project, please contact: Janet Meisel-Burns, Senior Park Planner, Parks and Recreation Department, City of Loveland, at: (970) 962-2451 or Janet.Meisel-Burns@cityofloveland.org

If you have questions regarding the City process, you may also contact Kerri Burchett, Principal Planner, Current Planning Division, City of Loveland, at (970) 962-2566 or email: Kerri.Burchett@cityofloveland.org

Mehaffey Park Project Meeting:

The City of Loveland wants to make you aware of the date & time for the Mehaffey Park Neighborhood Meeting and important deadlines for issuance of findings, neighborhood comments and formal appeal period for Special Review #906.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

The following is a notice that a neighborhood meeting will be held to discuss a the Special Review development proposal:

Project Name: Mehaffey Park
Meeting Date: April 25, 2013
Meeting Time: 4:00 p.m. Open House; 5:30 p.m. Meeting
Meeting Location: Chilson Recreation/Senior Center, 700 E. Fourth Street

Application Type: Special Review

General Location: south of West 29th Street, east of Cascade Avenue, north of 22nd Street and west of Windermere and Durango Subdivisions or ¼ mile west of Wilson Avenue

Description of Project:

64 acre community park including playground, 2 group picnic shelters, 3 multi-purpose sports fields, 7 lighted tennis courts, 1 lighted pickleball and basketball courts, lighted skate park, disc-golf course, parking, restrooms, dog park, arboretum, orchards and recreation trail.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

The Preliminary Findings and Proposed Determination will be posted at the Current Planning Division of the City of Loveland, 500 E. 3rd St, Loveland, Colorado. These findings will be posted on May 6, 2013. You may view the Preliminary Findings and Proposed Determination at the Current Planning office, 500 E. 3rd St, Loveland, Colorado, during normal business hours. You may also call the Current Planning office at 962-2523, and request that a copy be mailed to you. The seven (7) day comment period for the neighborhood will be from May 6, 2013 to 5:00 pm May 15, 2013.

APPEAL PERIOD

The Final Statement of Findings and Intent to Issue a Type 2 Permit will be issued on May 16, 2013. You may review these findings at the Current Planning office during regular business hours. You may also call the Current Planning office at (970) 962-2523 to have a copy mailed to you. The appeal period will be from May 16, 2013 to 5:00 p.m. May 28, 2013. If you wish to file an appeal, you must submit a written appeal, on the approved form, to the Current Planning office by no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 28, 2013.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed Mehaffey Park project, please contact: Janet Meisel-Burns, Senior Park Planner, Parks and Recreation Department, City of Loveland, at: (970) 962-2451 or Janet.Meisel-Burns@cityofloveland.org.  

If you have questions regarding the City process, you may also contact Kerri Burchett, Principal Planner, Current Planning Division, City of Loveland, at (970) 962-2566 or email: Kerri.Burchett@cityofloveland.org

Mehaffey Park Skaters Workshop 

The Parks & Recreation Department hosted a workshop for local skaters on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 for the design of the Mehaffey Park skatepark. The workshop was held at the Chilson Recreation/Senior Center, multipurpose rooms at 700 E. 4th Street, Loveland, CO from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Local skaters were encouraged to participate and share thoughts regarding the design & features that should be included in the new skatepark.

If you were not able to attend, or need further information about what ideas were presented, please call (970) 962-2727 or email: Janet.Meisel-Burns@cityofloveland.org

MEHAFFEY PARK FALL UPDATE – MASTER PLAN APPROVED

On September 13th, 2012 the Loveland Parks and Recreation Commission approved the Mehaffey Park Master Plan. The approved Master Plan includes the addition of 9.36 Acres of land purchased in June to the NW of the existing park. The expansion area provides room for 4 additional tennis courts and a 15,000 SF Skate Park. Some additional changes include a future entrance to Rio Blanco, more centralized parking in the northwest corner of the park and a new road from 29th Street.

The revised Master Plan reflects neighborhood desires for the distribution of traffic to 22nd and 29th Streets, trail and sidewalk connections within the park and preservation of a wildlife corridor through the park. The plan also meets the needs for tennis and pickleball, and provides new multi-purpose play fields for practice games for soccer, football and lacrosse. The adventure playground and group picnic shelters will meet the growing need and demand for more reservation spaces for family gatherings. Mehaffey Park will also provide a new dog park and the first disc golf course in Loveland.  Regional stormwater detention is planned along the southeast side of the park, within the irrigation pond for the park.  

Mehaffey Park Master Plan(PDF):

Mehaffey Park Master Plan 120905

Notice of Neighborhood Meeting and Public Hearings:

MEHAFFEY PARK- FIRST ADDITION AND ZONING, AND MEADOWBROOK RIDGE PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT – GENERAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 1ST AMENDMENT

The City of Loveland is considering an annexation, zoning, PUD General Development Plan (GDP) amendment and rezoning application for property to be known as the MEHAFFEY PARK FIRST ADDITION, and the MEADOWBROOK RIDGE GDP 1ST AMENDMENT.

As part of the formal process for the consideration of the Mehaffey Park project the property must first be annexed and zoned for development within the City limits. The City also needs to amend the Meadowbrook Ridge PUD, General Development Plan to accomplish the full development for Mehaffey Park. Therefore a neighborhood meeting and two public hearings must be held to allow public testimony and input.

The neighborhood meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the Chilson Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 700 E. 4th Street, Loveland, CO 80537.  Both hearings described below will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 500 East 3rd Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537. The following are the dates established for the neighborhood meeting and the subsequent public hearings:

  • Neighborhood Meeting:
    6:00 p.m., September 5, 2012, Chilson Center Multipurpose Room
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing:
    6:30 p.m., September 24, 2012, City Council Chambers
  • City Council Public Hearing:
    6:30 p.m., November 20, 2012, City Council Chambers

The properties proposed for this annexation, GDP amendment and rezoning are located south of West 29th Street, east of Cascade Avenue, north of 22nd Street and west of Windermere and Durango Subdivisions or ¼ mile west of Wilson Avenue. The property being annexed is owned by the City of Loveland. The Meadowbrook Ridge GDP 1st Amendment is owned jointly by the City of Loveland and Keirns Development, LLC. The complete legal descriptions for the properties are available upon request.

The application proposes to annex and rezone the property from FA-Farming (Larimer County) to City of Loveland PP-Public Park District. The Meadowbrook Ridge GDP 1st Amendment proposes to remove 9.36 Acres from the GDP and rezone the property to PP-Public Park District. If approved, it would allow the City to develop and use the property for the any of the uses by right in the PP-Public Park District, subject to all adopted City codes, standards and policies.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed Mehaffey Park project, please contact: Janet Meisel-Burns, Senior Park Planner, Parks and Recreation Department, City of Loveland, at (970) 962-2451 or Janet.Meisel-Burns@cityofloveland.org

If you have questions regarding the City development process, you may also contact Kerri Burchett, Principal Planner, Current Planning Division, City of Loveland, at (970) 962-2566 or Kerri.Burchett@cityofloveland.org

These maps relate to the annexation, zoning and GDP amendment boundaries:

Mehaffey_PZ_PROJ#_VIC-REZONE_071812 (2) web 

Mehaffey Park Update - Summer 2012

The City purchased an additional 9.36 acres of land adjacent to the NW corner of Mehaffey Park in June and is busy working on modifications to the conceptual Master Plan to incorporate this new property. The additional land was purchased to provide for future expansion of the park and recreation facilities as well as to secure a permanent access to 29th Street to address traffic concerns expressed by the neighborhoods.

The revised schedule (below) reflects the loss of time during the 6 month acquisition process and reflects the new proposed construction schedules based on the City approval process and the best time to seed grass and install park landscaping. Although the overall schedule is off by more than 9 months the project now encompasses improvements for nearly 65 acres of property. The North West section of the Park was affected by the additional property purchase and the revised conceptual Master Plan includes expansion areas for tennis and pickleball courts and expansion of the skate park.

The revised Master Plan will be completed in early September 2012. Staff is eager to start the final design of the Park and keep the project running smoothly through the City’s development process. The first phase of this process is already in progress with the annexation and zoning of the original 60 acres submitted for review. An additional neighborhood meeting will be held in September for the annexation and zoning process. Staff anticipates City Council approval of the annexation and zoning in December.

Open House – Master Plan Review

On January 19th, 2012 the Parks and Recreation staff hosted an Open House to review (preview) the Mehaffey Park Master Plan. Over 120 citizens attend the open house where they had the opportunity to review the Master Plan shown below.

The Plan represents the best ideas of the concept plans presented at the December workshop and includes multipurpose athletic fields (3), picnic shelters, skate park, basketball and tennis courts (4), dog park and a new disc golf course. One of the main features of the park is the “adventure playground” and regional detention and irrigation pond. Parking is divided between 22nd and 29th Streets. The arboretum will wrap around and throughout the park connected by walking trails and sidewalks.

PDF's Image Previews
Master Plan (PDF) Mehaffey Master Plan 
View Northwest Corner (PDF)  Mehaffey NW
View Southwest Corner (PDF)  Mehaffey SW

View East Side (PDF)

 Mehaffey East Side

The images show different aerial perspectives of how the park will look. Comments regarding the final design can be given to Janet Meisel-Burns, Senior Parks Planner.

Summary of Public Design Workshop

On December 15, 2011, the City hosted a public workshop at the Police and Courts building to discuss the three design concepts for the park. Below are the 3 design concepts and the site analysis and context maps completed by AECOM on behalf of the City. Comments regarding the design of the park were taken until December 30, 2011. 

For additional information regarding the City’s process or schedule please read the information below the graphics within these PDF's: 

Media Releases:

  • 1-6-12 (PDF) - An Open House is Scheduled at the Chilson Center
  • 11-29-11 (PDF) - A Public Workshop is Scheduled to Discuss Design Concepts
  • 10-18-11 (PDF) - The City Hires AECOM to Prepare the Mehaffey Park Master Plan

What is Mehaffey Park?

Mehaffey Park was purchased as a Community Park in 1997 from the Mehaffey family to be utilized for park or public recreation purposes. The determination of the property’s use is a deed restriction on the property from when it was purchased. The park is classified by the City as a Community Park because of the size of the land. Another deed restriction on the property states that the park shall be for the establishment of an arboretum.

Where is Mehaffey Park?

The park is located north of 22nd Street, south of 29th Street and west of Wilson Avenue. The City recreation trail currently runs along the east and north borders of the park. The 60 acre park is bordered on 2 sides by residential development; Quail Run, Durango and Windermere subdivisions. Hunters Run subdivision is north of 29th Street and not directly adjacent to the park but Mehaffey Park will be the closest park serving this subdivision. Other close subdivisions close by are Meadowbrook Ridge, Sunny Acres, Ivanhoe and Lakemont.

What Features or Facilities are in a Community Park?

This question is often asked by neighbors and citizens when the City begins the process of park planning. In order for the City to start the planning and design for the park, staff completes an evaluation of the level of service standards. We also refer to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. These guidelines help staff and City officials determine what activity is appropriate for a park and what features or amenities should be included in the park.

Below is information from the Parks and Recreation Master Plan regarding the definition of a Community Park and what standards are adopted and applied when evaluating community needs.

PARKS AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN

In 2001 the City Council adopted the Parks and Recreation Master Plan as an element of the City of Loveland’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan sets forth the intent and desires of the community for all parks and recreation development and specifically articulates the standards and policies for acquisition, preservation and development of parkland.

The development of land for community use is a process that cannot be left to chance. An area/facility or space standard is the measure of the area required to accomplish specific recreation opportunities. The standards, guidelines and policies provide a starting point with regards to what proportion of park land should be used for various recreation uses. Below is a summary of the standard, guidelines and policies (Section 3) of the Master Plan which address types of facilities and the size and uses of amenities typical within a Community Park.

  • For the City of Loveland Parks and Recreation Master Plan, please click HERE. (PDF)

Community Parks:

Community parks serve as community-wide focal points for activities. Due to neighborhood concerns of noise, traffic and lighting, such activities do not fit well in neighborhood parks. The purchase of parkland for community parks is based on 5 acres per 1,000 population standard.
Community parks are greater than 30 acres in size and serve approximately a 1 mile or larger service radius. The community park can serve as a neighborhood park, but also serves the community of Loveland as a whole. Because of a larger, more diverse user base, community parks provide a wider variety of recreational opportunities.

Suitable facilities could include those listed under neighborhood parks, as well as the following:

  • Softball Fields
  • Special Amenities (in-line rink, skate park)
  • Baseball Fields
  • Free Play Turf Areas
  • Soccer/Football Fields
  • Natural Areas
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Group Picnic Areas/Shelters
  • Tennis Courts
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Recreation Center
  • Restrooms
  • Swimming Pool
  • Special Use Areas/Facilities
  • On-Site Parking
  • Wildlife habitats
  • Special Events Areas
  • Winter Recreation Activities
  • Lighted Activity Areas
  • Water Bodies (fishing, ice skating)

The following is a list of facilities suitable for neighborhood parks:

  • Informal Softball Field
  • Tennis Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Walks & Bike Paths
  • Informal soccer/football area
  • Native Vegetation Areas
  • Basketball Court
  • Floral Displays
  • Playground
  • Free Play Areas on Turf
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Picnic Tables & Benches

CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM AND STANDARDS/
SERVICE LEVELS FOR LOVELAND

Park and Recreation standards are used to project the amount of land and number of facilities required to best serve the community, estimate the maximum number of people an area/facility can be expected to serve, and judge the adequacy of existing resources. Parkland standards are a useful yardstick for establishing tangible levels of service standards and measuring a community's progress in meeting those standards. In effect, parkland standards are an expression of the level of importance a community places on Parks.

Because the size, location and use of park and recreation areas varies, park classification guidelines are expressions of the amount of land a community determines should constitute the minimum acreage and development criteria for different classification types. Loveland's specific parks and recreation standards serve as benchmarks for the services provided.

The City adopted the standards below as a tool for determining the type and quantity of amenities or facilities that are needed to serve the community. The numbers of facilities are determined on a measure of total population. The 2010 census estimates the City population at 67,455.

Recommended Levels of Service:

  • Athletic Fields (Soccer/Football) - 1 field per 1,500 population
  • Basketball - 1 outdoor court per 5,000 population
  • Baseball Fields (Little League):-l field per 5,000 population
  • Batting Cages – 1 operation per 50,000 population
  • Playground - 1 area per 2,000 population
  • Racquetball Courts – l outdoor court per 10,000 population
  • Softball Fields - 1 field per 5,000 population
  • Tennis Courts - 1 court per 2,000 population
  • Volleyball- 1 outdoor court per 5,000 Population

There are always new trends in recreation and two that the City of Loveland has embraced and have determined are important for the citizens include skate parks and dog parks. The city also recognized that Disc Golf and Pickleball are growing in popularity and may be appropriate for community parks.

Loveland has established eight classifications of parks, trails, golf courses and open space, including 3 park categories – neighborhood, community and regional parks. Industry standards and evaluation processes have been established by the National Recreation and Park Association, U.S. Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and numerous other state and local agencies. Each of these resources assisted in developing Loveland's community standards. Although no precise formula is available for establishing Loveland's standards, several factors were considered, including the following:

  • Existing Service Levels: How are existing service levels perceived by the community?
  • Comparisons with other communities: What service levels are being provided by other surrounding communities?
  • Services Requested: What services are being requested by the public?
  • Funding: Availability of capital and operational resources.

The Final Analysis of Facilities Needs and Overall Distribution of the Facilities within the City of Loveland are listed HERE. (PDF)

THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

When planning for the development of Mehaffey Park, the City and design team will consider access and parking, including street classification, current traffic on the streets and the future effects of traffic from the park and future residential development. Below is some brief information on the City’s Master Transportation Plan and how the existing roadways are currently classified.

EXCERPTS FROM THE 2030 TRANSPORTATION PLAN:

Section 2: Overview of the Existing System
“Streets in Loveland area classified using the typical hierarchy of arterial, collector and local streets. The functional classification of streets is related to the degree of mobility or access they provide. Arterial streets function primarily to provide mobility through the community. They typically are two, four or six lanes wide, carry traffic volumes in excess of 7,000 vehicles per day, provide limited access and accommodate higher travel speeds. Collector streets have less restricted access points, “collecting” traffic from local areas by providing mobility through connections to the arterial network. Collectors typically consist of two lands and carry 1,000 to 7,000 vehicles per day.”

The City Traffic division completes average daily trip counts (ADT) yearly and records this data. Recent data includes:

  • West 29th Street is classified as a Minor Arterial, 2 lanes wide in the 2030 Transportation Master Plan. Traffic counts on West 29th Street west of Wilson were 1,150 trips in July 2008.
  • West 22nd Street is classified as a Major Collector. Traffic counts on West 22nd Street were 1,350 ADT’s in July 2009
  • The future Rio Blanco will run generally north/south on the west side of the Park and is considered a Minor Collector when constructed.

The Parks and Recreation Dept. will be completing a Traffic Impact Study (TIS) with the development of Mehaffey Park. The study will include recent traffic counts on both West 22th Street and West 29nd Street. The TIS will include both existing traffic counts and future or projected traffic generated from the development of the new community park. This report will be available for review early next year.

More information regarding the 2030 Transportation Master Plan can be viewed HERE.

Further information regarding ADT Information is available HERE.

 

If you require further information, please call the Parks & Recreation Administration Office at: (970) 962-2727.

 

Mehaffey Park Master Plan PDF Mehaffey Schedule Update 2-25-13 Click for Full Size Sign Mehaffey Park Site Plan 3-2015

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