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Meeting Number 2 Study Committee Gettysburg
Date: February 2, 2012
•JTSA reviewed meeting minute’s number 1 with the Study Committee members. Study Committee agreed on meeting minutes 1.
Meeting number 2 started off reviewing the results of the surveys questionnaires and voting results of the previous meeting. In meeting number 1, the Study Committee reviewed the existing conditions of the site and filled out questionnaires about their opinions of the parks condition, use, and needs. The questionnaires were tallied and the results were reviewed with the Study Committee. The results showed that the Study Committee felt the park was in overall Fair condition. Some points were good, others poor, but the majority of the park elements and programs fell into the fair category. From the questionnaires, it was also determined that the Study Committee had strong interest in more trees and park programs. The Study Committee felt great pride baseball, but was willing to bring baseball down to 4 premier fields in replacement of the current 7 fields with only 2 classified as premier.
The questionnaire highlighted a request for more lights in the park, but received a 100% vote on Yes- for feeling safe in the park. The park lighting was desired to extend the use of the park in the fall and winter season of limited afternoon sunlight. Per the questionnaire results most of the Study Committee used the park in the late afternoon to evening hours.
The questionnaires showed a need for soccer as the youth soccer program has been pressuring to utilize the old football field after the football team had moved their team to elsewhere.
The questionnaire showed a strong desire for more playgrounds and more open space for events and a possible dog park. The Study Committee felt upgrades to the amphitheater would bring back more arts in the park. The majority of the Study Committee was in favor for restoring the stream bank to a more natural condition from its current mowed and maintained grass lining it currently is.
The questionnaire asked the team if the park should focus on community users or tie into the passive reaction and theme of the surround National Civil War Parks System. The majority felt this park should be for Gettysburg community users with a minority feeling it should tie into the civil war parks.
JTSA developed concept sketches A-C. The descriptions of the concept sketches have been provided in the Meeting 2 package and highlighted within the report. JTSA reviewed the concepts with the Study Committee and discussed that these are not individual concepts of which a single concept must be selected. The concepts are a variety of design elements placed on three boards of which our goal is to select elements which we like individually. These will create puzzle pieces for a new park master plan. Upon the results of our meeting we created an option D and presented all options in a public meeting format to receive input from the community to compare their opinions with that of the Study Committee.
The following are individual comments:
•Extra parking lot is good by the baseball field. Area is wet in that region but moving into the park with parking lot is good. Balls currently hit the cars a lot. Possible sports netting is needed along foul line of baseball field. •Parking lot by maintenance building. It is good to bring the traffic into the park but extra traffic will move between the playground and the recreation building and that is the reason the area is currently closed. •Tennis courts may not get used. Not a large demand for tennis. •Dog park- Who will clean and maintain the dog park? Park services are not thrilled about adding dog waste bins cleaning to their list of duties. Dogs are allowed in the park now but not allowed off leash. The Study Committee was informed about the success of dog parks and the favorable current trend of adding these to the park. The Study Committee feels we should see what public feedback is for a dog park. •Soccer field with track is very positive. Football may not be back in the park. Show only soccer with possible lacrosse. •Study Committee felt girls don’t really use the softball field. JTSA suggested to make all little league size fields softball compliant to suit multi-use. •A multi-purpose field had mixed responses. Removal of either infields or playing soccer on infields was not liked. •Fixing up amphitheater and provision of new trails very positive. •Rose garden and premier playground good idea. Current separation of age groups of the playgrounds across the park is not a good idea. •Study Committee likes a plaza in the middle of the recreation center parking lot and a gateway into the park. Plaza between parking lots would be good for farmers market.
•Focus on amphitheater and the creation of a bowl space with pavilions and trail a good idea. •Walkway connecting lower parking lot to upper parking lot good. It will be used for festivals. •Separation and disconnect of the recreation center parking lot from the rest of the park a good idea. Traffic past the recreation center would be for maintenance only and this area should be a plaza connecting the playground to the recreation center. •Placement and numbers of fields on the southern portion of the site very good. Study Committee feels only 4 baseball fields are needed. •Study Committee votes that little league size fields are most needed. Use of larger field is not in demand as little league. •Spray Park is a very good idea. Study Committee feels there are 2 locally owned private swimming pools to compete with and the 2.8 million dollar construction budget will never be recovered. Study Committee feels focus should be on spray parks. Study will be reviewed further by group. •Batting cages are a needed amenity. •No basketball and skate park near the front of the park. Adjacent neighbors will complain. •Study Committee likes large centralized playground. •Parking lot expansion by large baseball field should extend further into the site. •Open space very positive
•This option provided a lot of different options. The Study Group liked rearrangement of the park. Felt the maintenance building could be torn down in a phase as well. •Study Committee very excited about garden at the park entrance. Liked water features and formal look front and center of the park. Group felt amphitheater should stay toward the back of park at existing location. •Study Committee likes grouping of activities such as basketball, mini-track, tennis, and deck hockey. Study Committee felt tennis and hockey were not needed. •Dog park area is not needed and to review with public. •Study Committee liked the layout of baseball and soccer. Felt four baseball fields and two soccer areas were maximum needed. The group liked the plazas, walkways, and landscaping around the fields. •Study Committee felt southern section should remain passive recreation and focused on picnics and pavilions. Additional pavilions were viewed positive. •More parking needed and should be worked around the baseball field.
The group felt the park should have a section in the south east devoted toward passive recreation, picnics, and more pavilions. A playground in this area would be good. Additional picnic elements would be good in this area. The middle of the park should have 2 soccer areas with 4 baseball fields. Parking should enter into this area and be more accessible. Sports netting is needed. Walkways and plazas were viewed as a positive to break up space. Existing recreation center parking lot should have a plaza for farmers market. Northeast field should be removed and this area devoted to gardens and focal points. The northern portion of the park should connect to the recreation center in a blending of indoor and outdoor space. This should have playgrounds, pavilions, and activity areas. The northwest and western section of the site should stay open for the fairs, open space activities, and amphitheater.
Upon review of comments, JTSA will prepare a forth concept. However all concepts will be presented to the community with additional renderings to receive input and comments to determine if the Study Committee opinions match the communities.
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