|About the Project
Vision Statement: The cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale together with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) are conducting a public planning process to develop a vision and series of recommendations to guide the future of Papago Park as a premier regional park serving Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and the larger region.
The 2009 Papago Park Regional Master Plan will update prior Papago Park Master Plans and incorporate current data, analysis, and public comment.
The comprehensive planning process will rely on an inclusive strategy that engages major stakeholders, external groups with extensive involvement in the region, the business community, community members in and around the area and the general public. The resulting plan will be recognized for its regional collaboration, visionary guidance and preservation ethic.
The scope of work will be shaped by public input; however, the cities anticipate significant attention will be given to:
- enhancing, preserving, and protecting natural, cultural, historic, and archaeological resources
- exploring comprehensive signage and wayfinding
- making strategic use of transportation and trail connections, including enhancements for ADA accessibility
- revegetating and restoring native habitat and biotic communities
- identifying existing structures and facilities for renovation
- balancing park activities with protection of the park’s unique setting and environment
- identifying mechanisms that support sustainability for the park
Shortly after the project kick-off, on February 18, 2009 a meeting for the Design Principles Charette was held. The discussions and feedback from the charette and other community and stakeholder interviews will produce outcomes that will ultimately lead to the establishment of a unified vision through a community values model. VIEW the Presentation
During the presentation, the committee reviewed information that was obtained from interviews with the park’s operational staff from both Tempe and Phoenix, including:
Every park, regardless of type, needs to have an established set of outcomes. Park designers must align design to those outcomes, including operational and maintenance costs. Designs criteria should be established based upon the operational resources of the park that represents the ability to maintain quality assets and amenities.
- a list of key outcomes and constraints
- a list of programming elements which should be considered prior to arriving at outcomes, including age segments, maintenance standards, park facility classifications, signature facilities, park classifications
- a list of the preliminary design principles
Maintenance Standards: These can change by season and month depending on the park, level of use, and funding available. Four maintenance levels are generally defined in a signature park. The difference between levels is frequency of maintenance. Park/Facility Maintenance Standards will need to be developed once the management zones are established and the image and value the community expects the park to deliver and will be developed with more details as the Master Plan is created.
Park/Facility Classifications: Includes Regional Signature Park, Sports Complex/Golf Facility, Museum, Special Use Park/Facility, and Greenbelts/Trails.
Signature Facility/Amenity: This is an enhanced facility or amenity which is viewed by community as deserving of special recognition due to its design, location, function, natural resources, etc.
The mayors of Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale along with Councilperson Leonard from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) have outlined the importance of Papago Park to our communities in a public address. They have invited the public to participate on the dates of the workshops and to learn more on the project website. The program airs on each of the government access television stations in Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale beginning in April.
VIEW the Public Television Program
The final Papago Park Master Plan will incorporate revisions derived from the review of the Preliminary Master Plan by the Executive, Ad Hoc and Staff Committees, and public comments from the Regional Master Plan Tour. The plan will include the following:
- Public Outreach and Involvement Plan and Analysis
- Environmental and Cultural Resources Inventory and Analysis
- Facilities/Program Inventory and Analysis
- Operational and Financial Analysis
- Strategic Plan Development
- Master Plan Alternatives
We anticipate that this document will be finalized on approximately September 30, 2009
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