Sasaki Bridgeport Parks Master Plan Final Presentation

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Sasaki Bridgeport Parks Master Plan Final Presentation

  1. 1. Master Plan ProcessIntroductionVision for the FutureWhat will the Park System look like for the nextgeneration?Vision for TodayHow will we meet today’s immediate needs andclose the service and performance gaps?
  2. 2. IntroductIonThe Process to Create The ParkCity Master Plan» Team» Process» Schedule» Agenda
  3. 3. Project Schedule 1: Framework 2: Concepts 3: Master Plan • Kick-off & Stakeholder Interviews • Develop 3 Scenarios • Final Master Plan • 2011 Parks Inventory • Plan Refinement • Implementation Strategy • Needs Assessment • Draft Action Plan • Existing Conditions Analysis • Launch Public Outreach • Community Survey DevelopmentAPRIL MAy JUNE JULy AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER Community Public Survey Meeting #1 Public Public Meeting #1 Meeting #2 #1Kick Off Client Parks Board Stakeholder Client Stakeholder Client Stakeholder Review WorkSession Review Worksession Review Worksession
  4. 4. Client Leadership Stakeholder Group• Mayor Bill Finch • Board of Parks Commissioners• Charles Carroll, Parks Director & Public Facilities Director • Public Facilities-Charles Carroll + Ted Grabarz• Ted Grabarz, Sustainability Director & Deputy Director of • Parks Manager-Andy Valeri Public Works • Recreation Superintendent-Luann Conine• Steve Hladun, Project Coordinator • Tree Warden/Urban Forester-Steve Hladun• Mike Nidoh, Director of Planning • Planning & Economic Development-Bill Coleman; Donald• Board of Parks Commissioners: James Brideau, James Giles, Eversley, Director of Planning and Economic Development Banjed Labrador, Mark Marko, Frank A. Mercaldi, Ann E. Owens, • Neighborhood/NRZ Coordination-Angie Staltero Rosa Cruz • Downtown Special Services District-Rick Myers + Michael MooreSasaki • Bridgeport Regional Business Council-Paul Timpanelli • Historic Preservation Commission-Stuart Sachs• Jason Hellendrung-Managing Principal • Small and Minority Business Resource Office-Deborah Caviness• Gina Ford-Design Principal • Lighthouse Program, Office of Education and youth-Tammy Pappa• Brie Hensold-Project Manager, Planner • Greater Bridgeport Regional Business Council-Brian Bidolli• Eamonn Hutton-Landscape Architect • City Council-Lydia Martinez, Martin C. McCarthy, Susan Brannelly,• Stephen Gray-Urban Designer Denese Taylor-Moye, Anderson Ayala, Robert S. Walsh, M. Evette Brantley, Howard Austin, Sr., Thomas C. McCarthy, Michelle Lyons, AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, Warren Blunt, Richard Bonney,Heller & Heller Angel M. DePara, Jr., Carlos Silva, Manuel Ayala, Richard M. Paoletto, Jr., Robert Curwen, James Holloway, Andre F. Baker• Barbara Heller-Parks & Recreation Planner
  5. 5. Builds on Foundation ofExisting Plans and ActivitiesMaster Plan of Conservation and Development (2008) BGreen 2020 Waste, Green Energy Greenfields & Water Businesses downtown Jobs neighborhoods Education Infrastructure Environment Green Spaces Materials & Marketing & Buildings Green Wheels resources & Jobs recyclingNew Parks Amenities 2011 Parksand Improvements Master Plan New Signage 7 NRZ Plans School Renovations Complete Streets Complete Streets Policy & Action Plan Knowlton ParkMain & Gold Pocket Parks “Surprise, it’s Bridgeport” Black Rock & South End Bike Paths Community Development Tennis Courts Save the Sound Green Block Grant Public Park Improvements Infrastructure Feasibility Scan Improvements Program
  6. 6. Builds on Community Support Local Leadership The Neighbors Board of Groundwork Bridgeport Arts & 34 Seaside Day Hundreds of 80+ people at Bridgeport BRBC & DSSDEducation Cultural Council Campers survey responses Public Forum #1 2011 Parks Master Plan GBRC: BGreen 2020 Mayor’s Parks & Rec. Pequonnock Parks, Water, Fairfield County Trust for Office Department Parks Board River Initiative, Community Fndn. Public Land Open Space Monroe, Trumbull, Bridgeport Committee Public Leaders Regional Coalitions
  7. 7. tHank you...
  8. 8. Community SurveyHundreds of online and paper responsesMore family-friendly parks and amenties are desired• playgrounds• splash pads• picnic shelters• swimming facilitiestop 3 parks for improvement are large, city parks1. Seaside2. Pleasure Beach3. Veteran’s Memorial Park 9A little more than halfof households have NOTparticipated in Bridgeport rec yeS NOprograms or events in the last12 months. 54% 46% Responses from online park system survey
  9. 9. Community Survey Community Survey Community Survey10 Community Survey 10 11 1 11 2% 10% 2% Most residents learned 10% 18% Newspaper Most residents learned 2% 10% 18% Newspaper Most residentsParksservices Most residents & Rec & Rec services about Parks learned about learned 18% City of Bridgeport Website Newspaper City of Bridgeport Website about newspaper, city web web via Parks & Rec services Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) City of Bridgeport Website aboutsite, and citycity web city via newspaper, Parks & rec services via newspaper, staff. staff. 20% 20% Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Promotional material or flyers site, and city Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Promotional material or flyers via newspaper, city website, site, and city staff. 20% 21% From City Staff 21% Promotional material or flyers From City Staff and city staff. 21% From friends and neighbors From City Staff From friends and neighbors 9% 9% Materials at the Parks and Recreation Department From friends and neighbors Materials at the Parks and Recreation Department 9% 6% 14% 6% I have not seen or heard anything about parks services Materials at the Parks and Recreation Department 14% I have not seen or heard anything about parks services 6% 14% I have not seen or heard anything about parks services Residents believe park residents Residents believe park believe User friendliness of Park of Park District website User friendliness District website maintenance and the the Residents believe park and maintenance maintenanceand thethe quantity of and walking/biking maintenance walking/biking User friendliness of Park District website quantity of QualityQuality of ice rink ice rink of indoor indoor quantity of trails most most trails require the require quantity of walking/biking trails require the Number of parks Quality of indoor ice rink of parks Number the most support in next 3-5 support most the trails require the next 3-5 support in in the Number of parks years.in the next 3-5 Availability of info about programs/facilities nextsupportyears. 3-5 years. Availability of info about programs/facilities years. Availabilityof programs and facilities for adults QualityQuality of programs and facilities for adults of info about programs/facilities Quality of programs andplayground equipment QualityQuality of playground equipment of facilities for adults Youth programs Quality of playground equipment programs Youth Adult programs Youth programs programs Adult QualityQuality of outdoor swimming pools of outdoor swimming pools Adult programs Quality of outdoorwalking/biking trails trails Quantity of swimming pools Quantity of walking/biking Park maintenance Quantity of walking/biking trails Park maintenance Park maintenance 0 100 0 100 0 100
  10. 10. Community Forum # 1August 10, 2011 august 10th at cesar Batallaassessment of overall Park System 80+ people signed inStrengths• Many diverse park types in the system• Access to water and location on the Long Island Sound• Special parks like Beardsley Park and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo• Park City – history of park system and large quantity of parksWeaknesses• Overcrowded• Lack of access or transportation options• Lack of diverse activities, rec centers or recreation program Highest Priorities• Maintenance/upkeep/cleaning • EducationWhat’s Missing? • Access/access, visibility and safety of parks• Connection to nature and ecology • Natural resources and protection of habitat• Education for children and adults • Secure finances so Parks Master Plan recommendations can be• Safety: lighting needs to be addressed implemented • Upkeep and maintenance
  11. 11. “connEct”Community Forum # 1 • Streets as connectors to parks • Enhanced water accesscommunity Feedback on 3 Scenarios • Like ability to access parks without access• Stories about how Bridgeport’s future might unfold for its parks• A method for finding appropriate movements down each path “EnHancE” • Big Wins make sense • School grounds as publically accessible amenities are great • Durable surfaces and focused programming (ie. Old Mill Green as a hyperpark) • Support for pocket parks and enhanced small parks Refined Plan “EXPand” • Partnerships and more friends of parks groups • Support school partnership but requires coordination • Neighborhood investment would be useful and lead to creativity • Volunteers are good for parks • Like funding programs, but responsibility issues surrounding “sponsored by” parks
  12. 12. FuturE VISIonWhat is the plan for the nextgeneration of parks?
  13. 13. A Healthy, Connected FutureAs the population grows and resources become scarcer, urban centerslike Bridgeport are an essential component of a sustainable society—and one critical key to livable cities is a successful park system.Bridgeport’s park system will lead the way by being:Physically connected• Envision Bridgeport’s parks as part of a green infrastructure system throughout the city that keeps people and the environment healthy• Connect Bridgeport’s signature regional parks to its neighborsEcologically diverse• Celebrate the range of open space types in Bridgeport’s system• Bring renewed brownfields, vacant lots, and neglected lands back into the open space systemaccessible to all• Offer more diverse programming• Improve communications and ensure parks are highly visibleEconomically Viable• Support growing population trends with new parks to serve needs• Create value for future development
  14. 14. CREATE EAST/WEST LINK TO REGIONAL PUBLIC ACCESS ALONGPhysically Connected CONNECTIONS HOUSATONIC RAIL- TRAIL SySTEM yELLOW MILL CREEK AND PEQUONNOCK RIVER PUBLIC ACCESS UTILIZE RAILROAD PARK AVENUE WATER TAxI ACCESS TO ALONG ALL CITy AVENUE FOR COMPLETE STREET WATERFRONT WATERFRONTS CROSS-CITy TRAIL CONNECTION
  15. 15. INCREASE TREE CANOPy RENATURALIZE REHABILITATEEcologically Diverse ALONG STREETS THROUGH TREE PLANTING PROGRAM LARGE PARKS RIPARIAN CORRIDORS PROTECT KEy HABITAT AREAS WHILE PROVIDING PUBLIC ACCESS
  16. 16. WEST SIDE II WENT FIELD OLD MILL GREEN SUCCESS PARKAccessible to All • OFFER MORE DIVERSE PROGRAMMING AND IMPROVE SERVICE TO ALL IMPROVE SERVICE UPCHURCH PARK • IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND TO HIGH NEED BELT ENSURE PARKS ARE HIGHLy VISIBLE THROUGH HyPER-PARKS THROUGH SIGNAGE AND PUBLICATIONS
  17. 17. CONTINUE OPERATING FAIRCHILD DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES PARTNER WITH LAKE SUCCESSEconomically Viable WHEELER GOLF COURSE AS PARK STEWARDS ECO-BUSINESS PARK INCREASE VENDOR ENHANCE WATERFRONT TO PARTNER WITH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT STIMULATE GROWTH TO CREATE PARK SPACES SEASIDE PARK
  18. 18. The Future ofthe Park City
  19. 19. MEEtInGtoday’S nEEdHow do we close the servicegaps?
  20. 20. What are the Gaps Today?• accessibility• neighborhood Parks 67 NA 203 216 289 86 new Main and Gold mini-park 72 4.4 BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH MINI-PARK NeIgHBoRHood PARK ToTAl AcReAge ToTAl AcReAge Mini Special Use Neighborhood distribution of Park COMMUNITy 286 1,082 26 286 1,082 types 577 577 REGIONAL 291 551 BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH % of ToTAl AcReAge coMMuNITy PARK RegIoNAl PARK ToTAl AcReAge ToTAl AcReAge
  21. 21. What are the Gaps Today?• Play / Family friendly activities• durable court sportsPlay 253 1 Longfellow Playground 2 219 115 72 1 1 2 3 5 5 1 7 3 1 7 3BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HHPlAy gRouNdS Ice SKATINg RINK SPRAy PAd INdooR Pool ouTdooR Poolcourt Sports 24 1 17 29 29 24 72 48 4 NA 5 11 BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BASKeTBAll TeNNIS volleyBAll Success Park
  22. 22. Where is the Need Highest? Park Need Population Density Car Access Diversity HIGH Income LOW
  23. 23. What are the Gaps Today? • Maintenance • recreation programming / staff current Staff Size 20 RecReATIoN 3 MAINTeNANce 14 22 47 63Park System BPT NATL. USUAL STND. BEST COMPS PRACTICE1,346 acres45+ parks
  24. 24. How does the planmeet the need? 2011 Parks Master Plan Adding Sustainable Visibility + 5 Strategies Partnerships Amenities Connections Maintenance Outreach
  25. 25. How does the planmeet the need? 2011 Parks Master Plan Adding Sustainable Visibility + 5 Strategies Partnerships Amenities Connections Maintenance Outreach Examples Schools Quick Wins Board of Education
  26. 26. PartnershipsWe need everyone’s help to keep the parks safe,clean, active, and living up to the Park city legacy. 46 Parks & growing • City-wide parks • NRZ neighborhood adopted parks • Downtown parks • Key natural resource parks • Shared school parks • New hyper parks • Small or specialized parks
  27. 27. • Stewards major city and regional parks • Protects the Olmsted Parks legacy in Bridgeport city • Provide large, diverse park offerings for citizens * • Seeks revenue-generating opportunities *BeardsleySeasideFairchild Wheeler Golf course F.W. Golf course provides city revenue $2.5 M $2 M $1.5 M $1 M GOLF COURSE * 0.5 M 0 OTHER Protect the Legacy - 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 ToTAl ANNuAl ReveNueS 3 olmsted Landscapes
  28. 28. • “Adopt” a neighborhood park nrZ • Contribute ‘sweat equity’, improvements, daily care and stewardship • Pursue official non-profit organization status or partner with neighborhood non-profitBoston Ave/Mill Hill Manilla ParkBlack Rock Ellsworth ParkBrooklawn/St. Vincent Alice St. Lot Washington Parks & People , Washington dcDowntown Baldwin PlazaEast End Newfield/JessupEast Side Washington ParkEnterprise Zone NO PARKSThe Hollow Lafayette ParkNorth Bridgeport Beardsley ParkNorth End Puglio ParkSouth End Seaside Park (shared)West Side McGovern ParkWhiskey Hill Glenwood Park
  29. 29. • Sponsor a highly visible downtown park down- • Work with DSSD, BRBC, and the City on town programming and events • Integrate public art and coordinate with Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council and local arts organizationsWaterfront Park New Main and Gold pocket park McLevy Green Farmer’s marketWheeler Park Majestic ParkBroad Street Steps Baldwin PlazaMcLevy Green City Hall Annex Park Jackson Square, nyc
  30. 30. • Support city by initiating conservation initiatives (Save the Sound’s Green Infrastructure Feasibility nature Scan and the Pequonnock River Initiative) • Help organize volunteer efforts • Incorporate education and community outreach into activitiesPleasure BeachFairchild Memorial ParkElton Rogers Park Pleasure Beach (c Emmett unlimited)Veterans Memorial ParkVacant lands and future community gardensAlready active in this area:Save the SoundConnecticut AudubonGroundwork BridgeportAsh Creek Foundation Volunteer clean-ups
  31. 31. School yard amenitiesSchools • 216 acres of park space • Playgrounds - 31 playgrounds # leISuRe AcTIvITIeS # PlAy fAcIlITIeS • Basketball - 15 courts # couRTS # fIeldS • Baseball - 8 diamonds • Football / Soccer - 9 fields Sources: http://www.bridgeportedu.com/schools/Schools%20Elementary.html and Google Earth amenities in Schools today Waltersville/Barnum School contains 2 courts and play facilities
  32. 32. Parks Field Sports 4 25 29 29 17 14 14 BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BASeBAll/ SofTBAll fooTBAll/ SocceR court Sports 24 1 17 29 29 24 72 48 4 NA 5 11 BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BASKeTBAll TeNNIS volleyBAll Play 2 53 1 2 2 19 115 72 1 1 2 3 5 5 1 7 3 1 7 3 BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH PlAy gRouNdS Ice SKATINg RINK SPRAy PAd INdooR Pool ouTdooR Pool Leisure # leISuRe AcTIvITIeS # PlAy fAcIlITIeS # couRTS # fIeldS amenities in Parks today 2 3 3 12 3 3 7 6 6 1 BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH Bocce HoRSeSHoeS SHelTeRS
  33. 33. Parks + Schools Field Sports 32 29 29 23 14 14 BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BASeBAll/ SofTBAll fooTBAll/ SocceR court Sports 1 8 20 29 29 26 72 48 4 NA 5 BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BASKeTBAll TeNNIS volleyBAll Play 2 35 1 37 1 2 115 72 1 1 2 3 5 5 2 7 3 1 7 3 NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH PlAy gRouNdS Ice SKATINg RINK SPRAy PAd INdooR Pool ouTdooR Pool Leisure # leISuRe AcTIvITIeS # PlAy fAcIlITIeS # couRTS # fIeldS Schools and Parks 2 3 3 12 3 3 7 6 6 1 combined amenities BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH BPT NRPA SA/HH Bocce HoRSeSHoeS SHelTeRS
  34. 34. School Partnerships Schoolyards to Playgrounds, new york ny • Supports 10–minute walk for all to a park or playground. • 258 schoolyards will open by 2013. • Open after school, on weekends, and during breaks. • Parks Department, the Department of Education (DOE), and Trust for Public Land (TPL) are working together to improve 161 of the 258 schoolyards. • NyC is investing $95 million for playground improvementsPARTNERSHIP OF PARKS DEPT, DEPT OF EDUCATION, AND THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND • The 258 sites will be maintained by the DOE.SCHOOLyARDS OPEN DURING OFF-HOURS
  35. 35. Board of Education Johnson oak + tisdale School • Reconfigure layout and circulation so that public park zone is accessible off of main streets • Allow public use of the school area during agreed non-school s cces hours ify aclar • Shared maintenance and security through partnerships of Parks Department, school security, neighbors and police accessible public area Secured school area Proposed future conditions diagram PoPuLatIon Johnson oak Park 0 25 50 100 200
  36. 36. How does the planmeet the need? 2011 Parks Master Plan Adding Sustainable Visibility + 5 Strategies Partnerships Amenities Connections Maintenance Outreach Examples Schools Hyper Parks Quick Wins Board of Success Park Education synthetic field
  37. 37. Where do we add amenities? Hyper-park Program old Mill Green Success Neighborhood Population upchurch/James Brown Waterview Need by Neighborhood Went FieldWest Side II Amenities Deficit Physical Potential
  38. 38. Where do we add amenities? Hyper-park Program old Mill Green Success Centrally Located upchurch/James Accessible to all Brown Waterview Went FieldWest Side II Distinctive Identities Durable + Highly Programmed destination Playground
  39. 39. reet ain st east m north Bridgeport/East Side t Old Mill Green e re st m y lurt as • Under programmed space .1 • Limited pedestrian access • High maintenance mowed surface east main street e street rt .1 pembrok
  40. 40. reet ain st east m north Bridgeport/East Side t Old Mill Green e re st m y lurt as • Increased amenities including 8 tennis courts, skate park, dog run, .1 PReSeRve HISToRIc playground, and historic park TReeS ANd MARKeR PlAzA • Close 2 streets for pedestrian safety (North Hallett and Goddard) SKATe PARK • Historic, shaded open space serves as gateway to the park • Traffic calming through improved and increased number of crosswalks to improve pedestrian access IMPRoved cRoSSwAlK AT TRAffIc SIgNAl • Builds on adjacent Fire Department and Parent Center resources 60,000 Sf deSTINATIoN fIRe dePT AcceSS PlAy gRouNd ANd PARKINg PlAzA 8 TeNNIS couRTS putnam street east main street dog PARK e street rt .1 pembrok 0 100 250 500
  41. 41. East Sidecrescent ave Upchurch and James Brown • Unrealized potential connection betrween parks • Potential partnersip with school and housing authority • Limited connection to yellow Mill Creek treet hallett s eek cr ill wm lo yel
  42. 42. HouSINg AuTHoRITy develoPMeNT SITeS East Side eNvIRoNMeNTAl educATIoN PlAy AReAcrescent ave Upchurch and James Brown • Gateway to the yellow Mill Creek Corridor • Waterfront path and internal trail circut • 2 destination playgrounds: 1. Educational and environmental focused waterfront play treet 2. Neighborhood play & recreation zone hallett s couRTyARd/ coNNecTIoN PAvIlIoN oN-STReeT PARKINg P TRAIl coNNecTIoN BARNuM ScHool cRoSSwAlKS wAlTeRSvIlle exISTINg eek couRTS P cr ill wm lo yel RevITAlIzed PoPuLatIon PlAyfIeld TRAIl To jAMeS BRowN PARK ANd ecologIcAl ReSToRATIoN AReA TeNNIS couRT 0 100 200 400 exISTINg BASKeTBAll couRT
  43. 43. Boston ave/Mill Hill cou rt D Success Park • Backed by housing eet • Limited visibility r str • Field in poor condition rbo l hapear Gra nFie lD a ve
  44. 44. co ur Boston ave/Mill Hill t D RAIN gARdeN Success Park • Synthetic turf play field planning already underway by City 25,000 Sf deSTINATIoN eet PlAy gRouNd • New through road provides better access, visibility, and overall r str BuffeR PlANTINg neighborhood connectivity rbo eNTRy • 2 basketball courts, 1 tennis court, synthetic turf, and destination l ha SIgNAge playground pear New coNNecTIve RoAd 2 BASKeTBAll PAvIlIoN ANd couRTS PIcNIc AReANew TeNNIS couRT SyNTHeTIc TuRf PlAy fIeldReSToRed exISTINg TeNNIS couRTS P eNTRy SIgNAge Gra nFie lD a ve PoPuLatIon 0 25 50 100 200
  45. 45. How does the planmeet the need? 2011 Parks Master Plan Adding Sustainable Visibility + 5 Strategies Partnerships Amenities Connections Maintenance Outreach Complete Examples Schools Hyper Parks Streets Quick Wins Board of Success Park Pleasure Beach Education synthetic field fishing pier
  46. 46. Connectionsrestore ecological connections and amplify the Pequonnock and yellow Milltransform bare infrastructure through plantings and green infrastructurecomplete Streets and reinforce walkability to parks
  47. 47. Build on current initiativesProgress at knowlton Park along the Pequonnock river new sidewalks improve walkability at Seaside
  48. 48. Sliver by the River today...
  49. 49. Sliver by the River ... tomorrow
  50. 50. Sliver by the River ... tomorrow
  51. 51. Greenway Partnership Mill river Park and Greenway, Stamford ct • The channelized Mill River runs through the center of Stamford. • In 2002, Mill River Collaborative was formed. the Mill river collaborative • Initiated by Stamford Partnership, City of Stamford, Urban Redevelopment Commission and Trust for Public Land. • A 501c3 non-profit corporationSTAMFORD’S MILL RIVER PARK URBAN GREENWAy • Many partners contributed to its success. 2009 Financial Partners 33 Broad Street Associates II, LLC SLGreen Boehm Family Foundation Robinson & Cole Bridger Management Robyn Rubinstein Memorial Fund Carlson Family Foundation S L Green Management Cummings & Lockwood Charitable Fndn Samuel Lotstein Realty Company LLC Fairfield County Community Foundation Selkowitz Family Foundation First County Bank Foundation, Inc. The Edith & Herbert Lehman Foundation GE Asset Management The Insurance Exchange General Reinsurance Corp The Malkin Fund Greenwich Capital Markets, Inc. The Trust for Public Land Melissa Anne Leonhardt Fund The Velaj Foundation Overbrook Foundation UBS AG Pitney Bowes Employee Involvement Fund W&M Properties of CT, Inc. Pitney Bowes Foundation William & Sylvia Silberstein Foundation, Inc. Purdue Pharma L.P. xRAM LTD RBS SecuritiesyELLOW MILL CREEK TODAy
  52. 52. Pleasure Beach fishing piercentral avenue, Bridgeport
  53. 53. How does the planmeet the need? 2011 Parks Master Plan Adding Sustainable Visibility + 5 Strategies Partnerships Amenities Connections Maintenance Outreach Complete Naturalized Examples Schools Hyper Parks Streets Landscapes Quick Wins Board of Success Park Pleasure Beach Ash Creek Education synthetic field fishing pier Enhancements
  54. 54. Sustainable Maintenance • Seek big wins by focusing first on the large parks • Renaturalize the edges and “roughs” of large regional parks BeARdSley PARK • Renaturalize small, underutilized parks to minimize mowing 181 acres • Low-maintenance vacant lots/community gardens program Large Parks - Beardsley, Seaside, F.W. Golf course underutilized - Manila Street, Majestic, West End Undeveloped 635 Park Space 1,346 Total Park Acres 711 Developed and MaintainedSeASIde PARK Park Space370 acres 308 210 developed Parks WHAT 17 FULL-TIME STAFF MAINTAIN IN WHAT 17 FULL-TIME STAFF TyPICALLy WHAT BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES RECOMMEND BRIDGEPORT MAINTAIN FOR 17 FULL-TIME STAFF
  55. 55. Sustainable MaintenanceGreener Management in Bridgeport Means:• Renaturalize 180 acres total - 25% of Beardsley, Seaside, and Golf Course• Potential operations savings of $1,005/acre vs. traditional landscape or $180,900 annually in operations costs*• Savings can result from staff time, equipment, and materials• Upfront costs for conversion from turf followed by longterm savingsBenefits• Introduction of native plants• Restoration of former habitat• Enhanced biodiversity• Reduction of carbon impact from mowing and maintenance*Potential savings estimated based on current Bridgeport parks spending and maintenancepractices in Bridgeport, and case studies of similar changed landscape managment practices.
  56. 56. Sustainable Maintenance “Managing and maintaining a man made landscape is anything but natural.training & new Skillsets We have to cut the lawns, fertilize the• Restoration ecology techniques trees, water the plants and spray for• Awareness of new landscape types diseases and pests.”• Education among staff and community - Buffalo Olmsted ConservancyMinneapolis Parks & recreation Board• Natural areas converted to prairie grasses, storm water ponds and shoreline buffers• Management standards: » Athletic Field - Maintained daily to weekly, grass height of 2.5 to 3”. Potential for durable astroturf » General Park Turf Maintenance - Maintained on a less frequent basis. Grass height can exceed 5” at times. » Reduced Mowing in Natural Areas - Maintained on an infrequent basis.Buffalo olmsted conservancy• Goal to convert 20% of each park to maintained meadow areas.• Meadows contain native plants and are mowed 1-2 times per year.
  57. 57. Sustainable Maintenance Vacant Lots • Potential for new park space on lots larger than 1 acre • Small scale productive landscapes and community gardens N o gT vIRgINIA Ave N TI uN H Large vacant sites provide the opportunity to introduce new parks to the system, while the integration of durable, sustainable systems will help minimize impact on maintenance operations.Vacant Lots
  58. 58. Ash Creek Enhancement
  59. 59. How does the planmeet the need? 2011 Parks Master Plan Adding Sustainable Visibility + 5 Strategies Partnerships Amenities Connections Maintenance Outreach Complete Naturalized Examples Schools Hyper Parks Streets Landscapes Parks Guide Quick Wins Board of Success Park Pleasure Beach Ash Creek Parks Map Education synthetic field fishing pier Enhancements
  60. 60. Visibility & Outreach “Bridgeport has a great story to tell, and it• Improved Parks and Recreation Department website needs to get out there,” Curtatone said.• Branded, consistent wayfinding and signage In Somerville, we’ve implemented a• Enhanced Recreation program offerings branding plan because we’re still fighting• Recreation program guide and “parks passport” generations of negative perceptions.” - Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville, MA
  61. 61. Recreation Program Guide Connect with the Park City Watch For More The Curtain Rises at Reservoir Indoor Programming Bijou Theater North End Whiskey Hill Puda sequi velistrunte adis et et qui iliqui volesto tatur, sit Puda sequi velistrunte adis et et qui iliqui volesto tatur, sit fuga. Omnihilit, quati alias nus, quam illigenda volorem fuga. Omnihilit, quati alias nus, quam illigenda volorem eossed moditae stotation parisit qui rem. Et aribusciur? Os eossed moditae stotation parisit qui rem. Et aribusciur? Os aut quo bearum hilique molectio blaboris est, sam asitatur aut quo bearum hilique molectio blaboris est, sam asitatur reperib uscipsam vel exceaque por aut qui consequam ut reperib uscipsam vel exceaque por aut qui consequam ut eossed experorae sus repera sus et iducitatur si corpor eossed experorae sus repera sus et iducitatur si corpor North Bridgeport aliquo volor sequodio que reribus eatis. aliquo volor sequodio que reribus eatis. Ga. Si odi rentibus. Aximagnis ut ra prata veliti odissi que Ga. Si odi rentibus. Aximagnis ut ra prata veliti odissi que ommolor eptur? ommolor eptur?Cia voluptaerum doluptatur, et eni comnihil Amazing Art with the Brooklawn/ St. Vincent Enterprise Boston Ave/ Dogs In The Parks Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Zone Mill Hill Puda sequi velistrunte adis et et qui iliqui volesto tatur, sit Ipsam, si ommoluptat. Dicipsant, simi, oditect atemodion fuga. Omnihilit, quati alias nus, quam illigenda volorem pro core poreni rem eos volessi mporionsedi sit ata et East Side eossed moditae stotation parisit qui rem. Et aribusciur? Os ommoloresci optatem eos erspidios experum vendus et The aut quo bearum hilique molectio blaboris est, sam asitatur dolum im as non num utatusam, quo quas dolum nobitem Hollow reperib uscipsam vel exceaque por aut qui consequam ut hicimus est asperferia nonetus, cum fuga. Ut volumquis et, East End eossed experorae sus repera sus et iducitatur si corpor quiassin nos expedignis unt pelest repudit aut eossunto aliquo volor sequodio que reribus eatis. quam fugit, si sequi ut harum ipsae quam, ilite comnis West End/ Downtown Ga. Si odi rentibus. Aximagnis ut ra prata veliti odissi que voluptatur? Quiae consed magnis di volor autatis eatem West Side ommolor eptur?Cia voluptaerum doluptatur, et eni comnihil facersp eribus ab il explign aturemo lesserunt esti illabore ipsam ipis ent rescia volenem as verum si dolores ulparciunt suntia dus videndit doluptust, cullabo ressinciis sunt omnimpos ea dolorupitem aute pos etur, conecuptatia volor repudis ulpa dit omniscia di il id est officip sundae South End Olympic Athlete to Improved Training For Visit Seaside Camp Volunteer Coaches Black Rock Puda sequi velistrunte adis et et qui iliqui volesto tatur, sit Dame sitis il ipit fugitatquis et volor aut facest, sa dolendam fuga. Omnihilit, quati alias nus, quam illigenda volorem es errum incillabore nonsequatem fuga. Inullore repe eossed moditae stotation parisit qui rem. Et aribusciur? Os volorion etur ma vel molupti untoressit inum quatque officim aut quo bearum hilique molectio blaboris est, sam asitatur usciae sin cum int aut optio. Bitiam, sollit, commos qui THE reperib uscipsam vel exceaque por aut qui consequam ut odi idusciis et fuga. Ucia dunt, incto modis qui odit utem eossed experorae sus repera sus et iducitatur si corpor latur sa quodis aut faciaspis doluptur, sitae quationseque PARK aliquo volor sequodio que reribus eatis. ratus modis ma voluptas am sum qui re labo. Ceaquae plaboria velit et aperia dendae. Ad et, sitatibus res verumqu CITYA Parks Master Plan for PROGRAM GUIDE Ga. Si odi rentibus. Aximagnis ut ra prata veliti odissi que ommolor eptur? asperibus esedit ant. Quatque everorpos si nullam esequib eribusantia pores Bridgeport Connecticut
  62. 62. Park City Park System andAmenities Map• Coordinate with Greater Bridgeport Transit maps• Link to future bike and complete streets maps• Inventory provides families, downtown employees, and athletes with information about walkable playgrounds, event locations, and recreation training facilities
  63. 63. “Park City Passport”• Incentives program to encourage residents and visitors to visit all of Bridgeport’s parks• Users receive a “stamp” in their parks passport• Enhances visibility, awareness, and appreciation of the park system Washington Park Puda sequi velistrunte adis et et qui iliqui volesto tatur, sit fuga. Omnihilit, quati alias nus, quam illigenda volorem eossed moditae stotation THE parisit qui rem. Et aribusciur? PARK Os aut quo bearum hilique molectio blaboris est, sam CITY PASSPORT asitatur reperib uscipsam vel exceaque por aut qui A Parks Master Plan for Bridgeport Connecticut Place Stamp Here
  64. 64. 2011 Parks Master Plan Adding Sustainable Visibility +5 Strategies Partnerships Amenities Maintenance Connections Outreach Naturalized CompleteExamples Schools Hyper Parks Landscapes Streets Parks Guide Board of Success Park Ash Creek Pleasure BeachQuick Wins Education synthetic field Enhancements fishing pier Parks MapFunding CDBG Grants & EPA and Federal Corporate and Foundations and State DowntownSources Public Private Brownfield and Nonprofits Transportation Sponsorships Partnerships Grants
  65. 65. What’s Next for thePark City & How CanYou Help?Visit http://www.bridgeportct.gov/
  66. 66. Parks Standards Reservoir North End Whiskey Hill North Bridgeport Brooklawn/ St. Vincent Enterprise Boston Ave/ Zone Mill Hill East Side The Hollow East End West End/ West Side Downtown South End Black Rock THE PARK CITYA Parks Master Plan for PARKS STANDARDS PROGRAM GUIDE Bridgeport Connecticut
  67. 67. Partner nature/neighborhood city / Government nrZ Private Schools conservationHighBoston ave / Mill HillSuccess Park Hyper ParkEast EndJohnson oak Park HyperParkPleasure Beachimprovementsrail trail/ Linear ParkEast Sidethe HollowSouth EndWest End / West SideModerateWhiskey Hill / reservoirBrooklawn / St. VincentdowntownBlack rockLow

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