Sunday, August 23, 2009

Report from August 18th Meeting

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.

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

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
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

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
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
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
New meeting has not yet been set.

1 comment:

  1. 11/10/2009 Here is a wild and crazy idea but it would reduce the city/state's carbon footprint and be good for Capital Park. I suggested to the Juneau legislative delegation and the Parks and Recs Director, Mark Matsil, that we use Capital Park for wells for a ground source heat pump that would at least partially heat some of the Capitol complex buildings: Capitol, Terry Miller Legislative Building, and the new Tom Stewart Building. This technology is being installed at the new swimming pool, the airport and is being considered for Gastineau Elementary. The state would reduce its use of heating oil and the park would get a remodel once the wells are done. Unfortunately the Capitol just got a new boiler but Alida Bus, Senator Egan's staffer, is looking into the possibility of funding through the Alaska Energy Authority. If you're interested in the win-win scenario please let the legislature know.
    Mike Hekkers