Pre-conceptual design work and cost estimates are underway for 11 capital projects approved for possible funding by the Los Alamos County Council last March.
To continue the public information process, Los Alamos County hosted informational meetings Aug. 31.
The County issued email invitations to more than 500 individuals and organizations who had provided comments or emailed feedback over the course of seven listening sessions in March when the initial project list was being formed.
Additionally, postcards were mailed to various neighborhoods, and posters and flyers were disseminated throughout the County. Individuals were invited to meet with county contractor Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) throughout the day to give their input about specific needs and desires for the projects.
More than 200 people participated throughout the day. People gave feedback on the recreation projects – golf course renovations, possible locations for additional tennis courts, upgrades and expansions for baseball/softball/soccer fields at Overlook Park in White Rock and at North Mesa Sports Complex, upgrades to the current Ice Rink and plans to add a second Indoor Ice Rink, constructing a new multi-generational Pool, a Splash Pad in White Rock, a Water Feature at Ashley Pond Park and a Recreation Center.
Three economic development projects – Deacon Street Redesign, 20th Street Extension and DP Road Improvements/Parcel A-8 also were presented to the Creative District stakeholders and the general public.
The day kicked off at the County Golf Course with 12 golf enthusiasts in attendance. Their biggest concern centered on upgrading the irrigation system.
The Creative District Steering Committee and stakeholders had 13 people in attendance at their meeting. The discussion focused on the Deacon Street Redesign. The consensus was that not losing parking spaces and creating a welcoming space that easily connects people to Central Avenue and could be used for events would be ideal.
The DPS team then held an Open House with various stakeholders in attendance. Approximately 25 people met with the team and gave their feedback on the projects.
The ice rink and recreation advisory subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Board met with the team. There were five people in attendance. Their primary concern is having consistent ice regardless of weather.
The team then went to White Rock where about 40 people stopped by to view the projects and give input. There was tremendous support for the splash pad that would be located in White Rock.
The day ended with a public presentation and open house at Fuller Lodge. More than 100 people were in attendance. Participants provided comment cards, which are being shared with the design consultants as well as the County Council. The main concerns will be combined and shared on the FAQ page on the bond website at LosAlamosBondProjects2017.com.
The next opportunities for input and information are at the following meetings:
- 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 Parks and Recreation Board Meeting (County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Room 110);
- 6 p.m. Sept. 20 County Council Work Session (White Rock Fire Station);
- 5-8 p.m. Oct. 19 Town Hall Meeting (Fuller Lodge);
- 9-11 a.m. Oct. 20 Farmer’s Market; and
- 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 22 Town Hall Meeting (LAFD Training Room Fire Station #3 White Rock).