Well...we wrapped up our first Friends of Capital School Park meeting on Friday August 18th. Below is a composite of the comments we received from the meeting participants. We asked them to respond to four main areas: Likes/Don't Likes Wants/Don't Wants.
Recurrent themes or ideas that were unanimous are highlighted. These are listed in no particular order of value.
Likes Fruit Trees Totem Sculpture Kid Spaces/Play Equipment Multiple Surface types Bike riding path for little kids
Observed by many neighbors Used by local schools/daycares: Serves as a downtown center Ball Field Sledding Hill Open Space Picnic Tables Water Fountain Basketball court Walking path Dog area Swings
Don't Likes Mud & Puddles Drainage problems Poor quality fencing retaining wall/ seepage/Ugly Shredded tires for padding wasted space cigarette butts/trash/empty beer bottles Late night parties Dog Poop Weeds Unsuitable equipment for 3 year olds White porche that always parks in handicap parking Dull colored uninviting play equipment Basketball court Aesthetics in general unusable slope under utilization overall Escaping balls Porta potties
Wants Water feature Community Activities Play Space Fenced Playing Area Giant Chess Covered Benches Natural Features Covered seating Artificial Turf Precipitation/Precapture runoff Fundraisers/Carnivals/Community Events Climbing Wall Toddler Equipment Baby Swings Dog specific area or no dog area Community garden boxes Sandbox area Art 1/2 court basketball Goal posts Better bathrooms/Public Bathrooms Redo upper are above playground Switchbacks for hill New retaining wall/Wood retaining wall/ Web Cam Flower boxes Field Turf or Astro Turf Better yard drainage Sledding Hill Lights Recycle Area Community information board
Don't Want Pavement Status quo Dogs banned entirely ugly, cluttered boring It to be all for kids loss of open space Bright shiny jungle gyms Dog poop
Please leave your comments below to add to this list..we all agreed we were really excited with community feedback and responses.
Generally: It was decided that Friends of Capital School Park would work to establish
A 501 (c)3
Development of a Board of Directors
More community involvement
Direct communication with Charter School and Downtown Childcares