Coronado Park Improvement Meeting Minutes, March 12, 2009
Interim Meeting to Elect a Park Steering Committee
In attendance from Parks and Recreation: no attendance
From the Coronado Neighborhood: Diane Brennan, Todd, Briggs, Elizabeth Compton, Andrea del Galdo, Dot Herd, Bill Newcomb, Donna Reiner.
Discussion ensued on what was important to the not-yet-elected Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will act as the voice for the larger committee and to the neighborhood at large. A laundry list of items was identified as important to go forward on:
To make the park “programmable” for identified uses
Scrutiny of the EAS design fees which amount to over 30% of the budget
Detailed accounting of any suggested expenditures
Full Committee input
Steering Committee interviews of potential vendors/contractors
Steering Committee input on Request for Proposal
Irrigation should remain
Use of recycled items
With other agencies (ADOT, etc.) to obtain free or reduced cost items
Try to stay “green”
Come up with a master plan
Use the park of educational seminars on gardening/landscaping
It was noted by several in attendance that many of the above suggestions would be in conflict with current city policy. Donna Reiner suggested we compose a letter to the Mayor outlining our intent on recycle/green initiatives and try to gain his support. Donna and Andrea agreed to write the letter (attached following minutes). The possibility of the park being used as a demonstration site for the shade competition could be used as a springboard for continued “green” initiatives.
A discussion of shade ensued:
It needs to be season specific (most effective from April through November)
The landscape planner, Tom Byrne is putting together another survey to be used by the city. We should ask to see it and find out how it will be disseminated.
There were five members who volunteered for the Steering Committee:
Donna Reiner, Elizabeth Compton, Bill Newcomb, Diane Brennan and Andrea del Galdo. For now, as there are no other volunteers, the committee will remain at five members.
The following tasks were assigned:
Donna will follow up with the Arts/Culture commission
Andrea and Donna will compose and send “demonstration” site letter to Mayor
Andrea will contact Parks with the Steering Committee results and set up our first meeting
Andrea will ask that the Survey announcement be sent out again via CNA e-mail and see if we can have the survey announcement posted on the general website.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30
March 19, 2009 letter to Mayor follows:
Submitted by Andrea del Galdo 3/28/09
Andrea del Galdo, Chair
Tom Byrne, Landscape Architect, Parks Department, City of Phoenix
March 19, 2009
City of Phoenix
200 West Washington, 11th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Dear Mayor Gordon:
Four years ago, neighbors started down the road to improving our inner-city, neighborhood park – Coronado Park. Over the past eighteen months, these neighbors have come together to plan much-needed park improvements funded first by a CDBG grant and now through the 2006 Bond.
Recently, the newly formed Steering Committee was thrilled to hear your vision of renewable energy. We want to join you in putting this idea plus earlier initiatives addressing shade and adaptive use (which we are very familiar with in our historic neighborhood) to work.
Coronado Park is the perfect place for a living demonstration. Each year, thousands congregate in the park for our Home Tour and hundreds of thousands pass the park in the PF Chang Rock and Roll Marathon. Public transportation travels 12th Street, and thousands use 12th as a thoroughfare to and from work each day. And, for the fall of 2010, a neighborhood resident is planning a month-long youth soccer workshop in conjunction with an international soccer tournament.
Presently, the Steering Committee is in the nascent stages of developing a master plan for Coronado Park with our appointed City landscape architect and park personnel. We feel Coronado Park would be the perfect place to bring your vision of renewable energy to life.
We ask for your support in using Coronado Park as a demonstration site to incorporate the important concepts of shade, solar, adaptive use, and other innovative methods that will maximize the Bond funds while creating a sustainable place for Coronado and greater Phoenix.
The Steering Committee for Coronado Park would like to meet with you to discuss how we can make this happen. Please call me at 602.252.2763 at your earliest convenience to arrange a meeting with steering committee members.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Andrea del Galdo, Chair
Coronado Park Steering Committee
Copy: Mark Lamm, Parks Department
Rene Vera, Parks Department
Louie Spadafore, Parks Department
Tom Byrne, Parks Department