The Falcon Regional Park will consist of approximately 215 acres and will include active recreation areas as well as open space. The park site is located east of the Meridian Ranch Development, adjacent with Eastonville Road, and north of the Falcon High School. A map showing the location is available here: Falcon Regional Park Location .
El Paso County Parks has initiated a Master Planning process for Falcon Regional Park and is committed to including input from the community in the planning effort. A summary of the public input opportunities that have occurred or are currently planned are listed below:
At the first public information meeting, attendees were asked to indicate their preferences for activities, amenities, and improvements that they would like to see considered for the park.
This information was used in conjunction with a public survey as well as interviews with stakeholders from the area, to create a program for the improvements and activities to occur at the park. Stakeholders who were interviewed for this project include:
Three master plan concepts were developed for the Falcon Regional Park, and were presented at a public meeting on January 7, 2015. Each concept includes programmatic areas for the park activities, including the following:
ACTIVITY AREA: Play Zone with restrooms, benches, gazebos, and a playground; Baseball/Softball Fields; Soccer/Lacrosse/Multi-Use Fields; Courts (Tennis, Racquetball, Pickleball, Basketball; and Parking.
TRAIL/OPEN SPACE AREA: Multi-Use Trails, Pedestrian/Bike Trails and Parking; Equestrian Parking
EDUCATIONAL AREA: Meeting Rooms, Restrooms, and Parking for El Paso County Conservation District; Maintenance Area; Open Space; Overflow Parking.
- View Park Concept Alternative A (contains all activities listed above)
- View Park Concept Alternative B (contains activities listed above plus a dog park, splash pad and skate park area)
- View Park Concept Alternative C (contains activities listed above plus a dog park)
The preferred alvernative below was presented at a public meeting on January 29, 2015.
- Preferred Alternative Master Plan Map
- Preferred Alternative Phase I Master Plan
- Falcon Regional Park Master Plan DRAFT (2-05-2015)
- Appendix G: Resolution and Park Lands Agreement
Final Falcon Regional Park Master Plan (2-23-2015)
The landscape approach for all concepts will be similar. The athletic fields will in general be comprised of an irrigated bluegrass-type turf. While this turf type generally has a higher water requirement than other potential grass mixes and turf types, bluegrass tends to have the greatest durability with respect to use. Proper management through the irrigation system can effectively limit water waste, taking full advantage of the weather and responding to those conditions through the irrigation control. The master plan process will also take into consideration the development of at least one artificial turf field for the baseball/softball uses and the multi-purpose uses. There will be consideration given towards the phasing of the artificial turf fields and whether or not those can be accommodated within the first phase of park development or future phases. Beyond the fields themselves, the landscape area associated with the Activity Area would also be developed with a bluegrass turf primarily due to the functionality and durability of this turf type. This will provide for areas where more informal play could occur for park users. Vegetation in the form primarily of trees will also be concentrated in the area where the greatest concentration of users will occur. Tree placement will take into consideration functional and aesthetic principles to provide shade, screening, windbreaks, etc., where appropriate.
Beyond the developed landscape of the Activity Area, the balance of the Park will reflect the natural character of the region with native grasses. Consistent with the eastern plains of Colorado, naturally occurring woody vegetation is minimal. It would be appropriate, however, to introduce trees in strategic locations where gathering areas might be or where screening and or buffering of park uses or adjacent uses might be appropriate.
All landscape materials would be selected based upon compatibility with the regional context. By using native and/or regionally adapted plant materials, long term sustainability with respect to water use and maintenance requirements can be achieved.
It is anticipated that one or more of the fields would be lighted to extend the availability of the facilities. Consideration will be given to compatibility with adjacent and regional land uses in determining which fields will be lighted. Included would be the recommendation for the development of operational procedures related to the use of lighted fields, including the hours of operation and any potential seasonal limitations.
The intent of the Falcon Regional Park Master Plan is to establish the vision for the development of the park in its entirety, identifying all of the park facilities and amenities that will ultimately be constructed. The implementation of the vision will likely be accomplished through phasing as resources become available. The Master Plan will include a systematic approach towards implementation to realize the overall vision.
For more information about the process to develop the Falcon Regional Park Master Plan, please contact Tim Wolken, Community Service director, at firstname.lastname@example.org