Herron Park and Ute Park Updates

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UPDATE - MAY 2021

Thank you to all who visited this page and provided feedback in February. The City of Aspen Parks and Open Space Department has taken your feedback and incorporated it into designs for the playground.

The replacement play structures will provide play opportunities for both 2-5 and 5-12-year-old groups. Accessibility is integrated as a value. Careful consideration has been given to long-term maintenance needs, while also considering the historic wood materials in existing structures. The playground approach relies heavily on public input and feedback, focusing on a mix of traditional play, such as swings and slides, wood materials and local inspirations.

The majority of the feedback that was integrated into the design focused on the points below, which people expressed as priorities.

  • Timber construction (not plastic or steel)
  • Slides and swings
  • A design that blended with the natural environment
  • Aspen signature on the design
  • A playground design that was not too imposing on the park
  • A final product that fits into our surroundings
  • Natural materials
  • Modern but earthy and natural components
  • A design that valued the beach and riverfront connection
  • A play area that is consolidated to limit children running across Rio Grande Trail making it safer for kids and trail users

Another common theme was the request for restrooms. While there is no allocation in this year’s budget for restrooms, we did hear you and the request will be included in a future budget.

Thank you for your final comments, which you can read below.


From February 2021

Thank you all who contributed to this project in February 2021. The survey questions and forums are now closed. We will reopen the page with new questions once your feedback has been incorporated into conceptual designs for the parks. An email to Aspen Community Voice users will alert you when the project is open again for feedback.

The City of Aspen Parks and Open Space Department is scheduled to renovate and upgrade Herron and Ute Parks this spring through fall 2021. Herron Park will include replacement of playground structures and Ute Park may include playground structures but is dependent on community feedback. Both projects may include landscape improvements and upgraded amenities such as benches and picnic areas.

We are seeking your input on both projects as these are your parks and recreational areas to use and enjoy. Below is a description of each project.

Herron Park


Goal: Replace the existing play structures with new play structures that are supported by the neighborhood and community, and that fit within the aesthetic of the park. Utilize landscaping that better incorporates the water play beach and playground.

Considerations:
• 2-5 and 5-12-year-old play opportunities.
• Accessibility should be integrated as a value.
• Maintenance needs as a long-term consideration.
• Importance of picnic tables for parties and use.

Herron Park Site Characteristics:
• Riverfront.
• Sunny and shaded areas.
• Aspen’s premiere playground.
• Large multi-use turf area.
• High use, picnic destination, informal and formal gatherings and parties
• Rio Grande trail terminus or start.

Preserve the river beach area


Ute Park


Goal: Restoration of park, disturbed areas, and access points. Project includes restoration of vegetation to create a natural aesthetic, establishment of trails and connections to the potential playground area. Consider replacing playground equipment that was removed for safety reasons. Garner community awareness and support for restoration.

Considerations:
• Restoration of native areas.

Review existing trails and access points for appropriateness.
Need for playground and characteristics of equipment.
• Designed for low maintenance.
• Benches and picnic tables that are site appropriate.
• Connection between trail and park
• Consider removal of dangerous structures (informal branch house, corrugated pipe tunnel) and restoration of landscape.
Ute Park Site Characteristics:
• Quiet, natural park with elements of user solitude.

Montane environment.
• Shady area
• Numerous informal trails
• Overview of Roaring Fork River
• Immediately adjacent to Ute Cemetery
• Previously had playground equipment removed for safety reasons.


Seeking Your Input

You can provide your input on this page in a variety of ways. We look forward to reading your feedback. Here are ways to provide input:

  • On the right you can look at photos of playground concepts that may help inform your answers and brainstorming for the questions below.
  • Take the survey below on the "Survey" tab.
  • Under the "Ideas" tab you can provide your ideas and inspirations for Herron Park playground equipment and amenities.
  • Under the "Opinions" tab you can provide your feedback on two issues: Your values around upgrades to Herron Park and your ideas about replacing or not replacing playground equipment at Ute Park.

Again, thanks for participating.

UPDATE - MAY 2021

Thank you to all who visited this page and provided feedback in February. The City of Aspen Parks and Open Space Department has taken your feedback and incorporated it into designs for the playground.

The replacement play structures will provide play opportunities for both 2-5 and 5-12-year-old groups. Accessibility is integrated as a value. Careful consideration has been given to long-term maintenance needs, while also considering the historic wood materials in existing structures. The playground approach relies heavily on public input and feedback, focusing on a mix of traditional play, such as swings and slides, wood materials and local inspirations.

The majority of the feedback that was integrated into the design focused on the points below, which people expressed as priorities.

  • Timber construction (not plastic or steel)
  • Slides and swings
  • A design that blended with the natural environment
  • Aspen signature on the design
  • A playground design that was not too imposing on the park
  • A final product that fits into our surroundings
  • Natural materials
  • Modern but earthy and natural components
  • A design that valued the beach and riverfront connection
  • A play area that is consolidated to limit children running across Rio Grande Trail making it safer for kids and trail users

Another common theme was the request for restrooms. While there is no allocation in this year’s budget for restrooms, we did hear you and the request will be included in a future budget.

Thank you for your final comments, which you can read below.


From February 2021

Thank you all who contributed to this project in February 2021. The survey questions and forums are now closed. We will reopen the page with new questions once your feedback has been incorporated into conceptual designs for the parks. An email to Aspen Community Voice users will alert you when the project is open again for feedback.

The City of Aspen Parks and Open Space Department is scheduled to renovate and upgrade Herron and Ute Parks this spring through fall 2021. Herron Park will include replacement of playground structures and Ute Park may include playground structures but is dependent on community feedback. Both projects may include landscape improvements and upgraded amenities such as benches and picnic areas.

We are seeking your input on both projects as these are your parks and recreational areas to use and enjoy. Below is a description of each project.

Herron Park


Goal: Replace the existing play structures with new play structures that are supported by the neighborhood and community, and that fit within the aesthetic of the park. Utilize landscaping that better incorporates the water play beach and playground.

Considerations:
• 2-5 and 5-12-year-old play opportunities.
• Accessibility should be integrated as a value.
• Maintenance needs as a long-term consideration.
• Importance of picnic tables for parties and use.

Herron Park Site Characteristics:
• Riverfront.
• Sunny and shaded areas.
• Aspen’s premiere playground.
• Large multi-use turf area.
• High use, picnic destination, informal and formal gatherings and parties
• Rio Grande trail terminus or start.

Preserve the river beach area


Ute Park


Goal: Restoration of park, disturbed areas, and access points. Project includes restoration of vegetation to create a natural aesthetic, establishment of trails and connections to the potential playground area. Consider replacing playground equipment that was removed for safety reasons. Garner community awareness and support for restoration.

Considerations:
• Restoration of native areas.

Review existing trails and access points for appropriateness.
Need for playground and characteristics of equipment.
• Designed for low maintenance.
• Benches and picnic tables that are site appropriate.
• Connection between trail and park
• Consider removal of dangerous structures (informal branch house, corrugated pipe tunnel) and restoration of landscape.
Ute Park Site Characteristics:
• Quiet, natural park with elements of user solitude.

Montane environment.
• Shady area
• Numerous informal trails
• Overview of Roaring Fork River
• Immediately adjacent to Ute Cemetery
• Previously had playground equipment removed for safety reasons.


Seeking Your Input

You can provide your input on this page in a variety of ways. We look forward to reading your feedback. Here are ways to provide input:

  • On the right you can look at photos of playground concepts that may help inform your answers and brainstorming for the questions below.
  • Take the survey below on the "Survey" tab.
  • Under the "Ideas" tab you can provide your ideas and inspirations for Herron Park playground equipment and amenities.
  • Under the "Opinions" tab you can provide your feedback on two issues: Your values around upgrades to Herron Park and your ideas about replacing or not replacing playground equipment at Ute Park.

Again, thanks for participating.

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  • Final Comments

    7 months ago
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  • Herron Park Values and Qualities

    11 months ago
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    What values or qualities would you like to see embodied in the new playground equipment and amenities at Herron Park?

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  • Ute Park

    11 months ago
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    Restoring Ute Park to address disturbances to the landscape is a value for this project.  Previous playground equipment has been removed for safety reasons.  Do you believe a playground that is size appropriate should be included in the park restoration?  Why or why not?

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