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RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

 RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
Regular Meeting
PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
 
ROLL CALL The Regular Meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board was
  called to order on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 5:06 p.m. at the Durango
  Community Recreation Center.  Present from the Board were Chairman
  Duane Smith, Vice Chairman Jan Nesset, Sandy Burke, Frank
  Viehmann, Peter Schertz, Bill Zimsky and Mary Jeff Karraker. 
  Councilor Doug Lyon was present for the Brookside Park site tour.  Staff
  present included Cathy Metz, Parks and Recreation Director, Kelli
  Jaycox, Recreation Manager, Kevin Hall, Parks, Open Space and Trails
  (POST) Development Manager and Joanne Gantt, Administrative
  Assistant.  Guests included Mike Fenton, Hiroki Ide, Jenny Lavelle,
  Stephen Harman, Richard Elliott, Sue Matthews, Nanette Cresto, Cheryl
  Albrecht, Roah Harvey, Sailor Kabeary , Rob Blair, Pat Blair, Carl
  Cordell, Katrina Blair and Garrett Andrews with the Durango Herald.
   
APPROVAL OF MINUTES The April 21, 2010 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board minutes were
  approved as submitted.
   
PUBLIC COMMENTS The Board conducted a site tour of Brookside Park with staff and Katrina
  Blair affiliated with Turtle Lake Refuge.  The Board and the public
  returned to the Recreation Center to discuss Brookside Park as a
  chemical free park and the possibility of creating more chemical free
  parks in the City.  Katrina Blair opened the discussion with the hazards
  of 2, 4-D, which is the active ingredient in most herbicides and a known
  element in Agent Orange, to children and animals.  She then described
  how Brookside Park is organically fertilized with a locally produced
  Compost Tea and the preferred method of weed control is by improving
  the health of the soil.  Several members of the public spoke and made
  the following comments regarding chemical free parks: (1) Thanked the
  City for creating the chemical free Brookside Park; (2) Spoke of
  knowing people who have cancer due to Agent Orange, a 2,4-D product;
  (3) Suggested that people could collect the weeds for medicinal
  purposes; (4) Children don’t just run on chemically treated grass, but roll
  and lay on it, thereby increasing their exposure to the chemicals; (5) The
  City could use organic fertilizers in all their parks; (6) There is support in
  Durango to make the community a “Honey Bee safe zone”; (7) Durango
  has the opportunity to be progressive and be a model for other
  communities; (8) There are other communities in the country that use
  organic products and no pesticides in their parks and a list of these
  communities were provided; (9) People can get sick from exposure to
  chemicals used to spray weeds; (10) Spraying pesticides kills worms and
  sterilizes the soil as well as the honey bees; and (11) Plants thrive with
  diversity which includes weeds.
   
  The Board discussed the following: (1) It would be interesting to know
  more about medicinal uses and the biological treatment of weeds of La
  Plata County; (2) Requested additional information about the procedure
  for applying herbicides to the turf grass and the amount of time that
  should lapse before the public is encouraged to use the park again; (3)
  Support for exploring the idea of composting and more chemical free
  parks; (4) What are the financial ramifications by going organic and how
  do other communities handle it; (5) Would like to find out more about

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  Scott’s Pro Lawn organic fertilizer; and (6) Would like to know more
  about chemicals used by School District 9R at school sites.
   
  The Board was informed of the following by City staff: (1) Herbicides
  are typically used with fertilization; (2) Pesticides are not used on the
  grass, and are generally used to protect trees against insects and borers;
  (3) Scott’s Pro Lawn recommends using a commercially regulated
  fertilizer which is safer and more consistent than Compost Tea, since it
  is not regulated; (4) Durango may benefit from a combination of
  regularly maintained and chemical free parks; and (5) The community
  needs to provide input on the level of care and how City parks should be
  maintained regarding weed control.
   
  City staff will provide additional information on the use of herbicides
  and pesticides on City property for a follow-up discussion with the
  Board at the next meeting in June.
REPORTS  
  The Department March 2010 monthly report was not discussed
OLD BUSINESS  
MASTER PLAN The Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Master Plan identified an
IMPLEMENTATION action item for the City to develop a Revenue Policy.  The foundation
  for creating a Revenue Policy includes identifying services provided by
  the Parks and Recreation Department and appropriate funding levels for
  those services.  This topic will be discussed in more detail at the June
ART NORTH – CHAMPION meeting.
COTTONWOOD TREES  
  The Board was informed that Durango has two Champion Cottonwood
  trees, being the largest Cottonwood trees in Colorado.  One tree is
  located in the Silverton Street right-of-way and the City is designing the
PROJECT UPDATES future north extension of the Animas River Trail to avoid impacting this
  tree.
   
  The Board was updated on the following projects: (1) The south
  pedestrian bridge on the Animas River Trail near the vehicular High
  Bridge is weeks away from opening; and (2) The trail way-finding signs
  for Overend and Dalla Mountain Parks are moving forward in the design
NEW BUSINESS process.  Staff is working to reduce the number of signs, but keep the
2011 BUDGET way finding clear on the trail system.
   
  The Board talked about setting aside a certain amount of money each
  year using the 2005 Open Space, Parks and Trails Fund for system
  improvement projects and discussed potential projects for 2011. 
  Potential projects include:  (1) Replacement of playground equipment
  and it has been suggested by Park maintenance staff that the equipment
  at Santa Rita Park is the most heavily utilized in the park system and it
  has become outdated making replacement parts difficult to find; and (2)
  Trailhead improvements at Dalla Mountain Park, Overend Mountain
  Park and Horse Gulch.  Other projects proposed for 2011 include the
  multi-use fields at Fort Lewis College, development of the SMART 160
  trail connecting the segments constructed under the recently developed
  CDOT bridges in Grandview which is referred to as the 4th Lane Project;
ART ENHANCEMENT GRANT and construction of the Animas River Trail in Memorial Park. The
  Board was encouraged to consider other projects for the upcoming
  budget review process.   
   
  The City has received two grants to develop the Animas River Trail
  th nd

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from 29 Street to 32 Street in Memorial Park, which will replace the


 
narrow sidewalk and develop a tree row adjacent to East Third Avenue. 
 
The City is seeking support from the Board to submit a CDOT
 
enhancement grant application for doing the same in Animas City Park . 
 
Mike Fenton expressed concern about the timing of this project with the
 
  uncertain location of the Animas River Trail north of 32nd Street due to
  the pending Public Utilities Commission decision.  He suggested that
  this grant application could be premature and noted the importance of
  notification and working with affected neighbors on the development of
  the trail north.  It was noted that the City frequently seeks grant funds
  for trail development projects well in advance of construction and Mr.
  Fenton was thanked for his comments.
   
NEXT MEETING Board Member Viehmann motioned to support the grant application and
  provide a letter of support from the Parks and Recreation Advisory
ADJOURN Board.  Board Member Burke seconded the motion, all were in favor. 
  Motion carried.
   
The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, June 16, 2010.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:22 p.m. 
 
 
 
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               Duane Smith, Chairman
 

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