|In the fall of 2020, the City's Parks, Recreation and Human Services Commission adopted their Goal Setting Executive Summary highlighting several improvements needed at Arovista Park. The City Council directed staff to explore the modernization of Arovista Park at their May 4, 2021, meeting, emphasizing an all-accessible playground and other park improvements. These included upgrades to existing fields and courts, the addition of multi-generational recreational opportunities, and the desire for an all-accessible play area.
Extensive community outreach and engagement followed through the remainder of 2021, resulting in an initial concept plan for the park. At their Special Meeting on March 8, 2022, the City's Parks, Recreation, and Human Services Commission established a base project with other priorities for the Arovista Park Modernization Project. The base project included the following:
Other priorities included baseball fields; a theater; Jubilee Grove; an active adult area; and pickleball, basketball, and volleyball courts. There was a consensus to include relocating the sound wall in the base project, and staff also recommended safety netting at the golf course, which is currently underway.
- An all-inclusive playground
- Skate park sound wall
- Parking lots
- Golf safety netting
- Tracks trailhead lighting and design
In June 2022, City Council awarded a design services agreement to David Volz Design for plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) for Arovista Park Modernization, CIP 7978.
City Council, on February 7, 2023, authorized the purchase of a prefabricated restroom/concession building, restroom/storage, and two trash enclosures. The concept plan for the all-accessible playground was also shared and approved by the City Council at the February 7 meeting. Based on the extensive outreach and input received, staff and the architect have selected play equipment from seven manufacturers that offer various sensory opportunities throughout the accessible playground. Due to lead times for the equipment, staff is recommending orders be placed now with the different manufacturers, as detailed in the table below:
|Landscape Structures - Freestanding Play Equipment
|Landscape Structures - Custom Tower, Bridge/Elevated Walk
Once the purchase orders are issued, the general contractor will be required to coordinate the delivery of the equipment. The specifications will need a certified playground installer and certified playground inspector to handle and observe the equipment installation.