Present at 7:00 pm:
Jason Kentner (Pres.)
Andy Klein (Treasurer)
Eric Anderson (Secretary)
Present at 8:25 pm:
Julie Hallan (Vol. Coord.)
Maddy Weisz (VP)
Rick Miller (Rec/Parks)
Bryant Fried (ComFest)
Meeting started with a review of the work completed on the Master Plan (Jason)
Jason shared the process/timeline for the Master Plan. We are at the point now where we are ready for internal (Board) feedback and communication prior to sending the Master Plan out for public comment through Mindmixer.
Columbus Recreation and Parks department is in the midst of a system-wide plan for the parks.
One of the goals is to phase out active program pieces in the park in favor of flexible active spaces. For example, Rick M. was wondering if we should restore the ball field and backstop or if we should remove it, to remove an active program space. Greg K. commented that the backstop might continue to be useful regardless of how that space is used, due to the busy intersection behind it. Rick H. asked if the usage of the field is lower because of the condition of the backstop. Jason: the city doesn’t support any ball leagues in Goodale Park, so there isn’t any official use of the field.
Related question: how do we use the open areas of the park? How do we want for them to be used?
Historically, the park carriage path was designed for strolling in a circuit, as opposed to the purpose for the current paths: for traveling through the park. Is this carriage path something we want to return to?
A goal of the Master Plan is to reduce and remove pedestrian/vehicle conflict points. One of these, the East entrance at Russell, might be exacerbated when Russell changes direction toward the park.
A variety of changes to the drives and entrances were illustrated in the presentation, including removing one drive that currently simply takes more of the usable park space away (the entrance might then be moved from Russell to Poplar).
The southwest corner of the park (ball field) is largely unused, and has been unused historically. The highway traffic noise was mentioned and Stan suggested advocating for a sound barrier. Jason brought up the possibility of having a Goodale Park entrance actually on Goodale Street, which would open up this area for more use. Andy mentioned using that southwest space for parking, since the highway noise wouldn’t be a problem for a parking area.
Pathways and entrance options were discussed, including an entrance and split path at the Park/Buttles corner, similar to the proposed split path at the north entrance.
The question was raised regarding how we should present these ideas and solicit comments from the community. Open-ended questions? A core plan (like the strolling path) presented with options for additional project options? Large plan (long-term) along with several smaller (short-term) projects that would contribute to the larger plan?
Next step is community outreach. Discussion ensued regarding how to do that, who to present it to, etc.
One option is to present the ideas to all the stakeholder groups at their regular meetings. Another option is to invite representatives from all the stakeholder groups to one event. Jason said that he envisioned an articulated plan with explanation that would stand alone (make sense on its own) without a presenter.
A random suggestion overheard by the secretary: removing power and utility lines in and around the park. Or was that a well-articulated and contextually relevant suggestion that was overheard during the course of a period of secretarial inattention?
Motion – To approve the minutes from the June meeting. (Anderson/Krobot). Passed.
Treasurer’s Report (Andy)
Total net assets as of 7 August 2014: $85,789.00
Events/Project Updates Summaries
Walk and talks: first one had a light showing but a well-received regionally renowned speaker, the second one had 30 people, and we have two more events coming up. The audience in attendance is largely new — people who have not been to the park for other events. The tree walk was so popular that the committee is considering adding another talk in the fall.
Volunteer Coordinator Report (Julie)
37 people at last work day
Next work day is 23 Aug
Meeting adjourned 8:57