Hillside Community Project

Project Overview

Next Meeting: January 23 at 5:30 pm at Hillside Community Center

The City is seeking community input for a Hillside Community Project and the Leon Young Pavilion.

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Project Goals

  • Identify and select a project site
  • Maintain Leon Young’s legacy working with youth
  • Effectively use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding on Hillside community needs
  • Improve park service levels for the park
  • Commit CDBG funds by the end of March 20

Timeline

Summer 2017
  • Community-driven outreach and youth-led photo voice project identify the Leon young Pavilion as a community amenity and improvement priority.

December 2017

  • Community members voiced concerns about deterioration and possible environmental hazards with the Leon Young Pavilion. They requested demolition of the current structure and replacement utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

 

  • The Parks Department tested the structure and soil for toxicity.  Tests did not reflect levels of toxicity hazardous for public use.

January  2018

 

  • Community Development offered to explore setting aside $150,000 of 2018 CDBG funding for the project.

 

February 2018

Both the Legacy Loop and Envision Shooks Run plans prioritize this area for infrastructure upgrades.   Due to anticipated improvements to the Shooks Run area and lack of opportunities for activation, PRCS did not feel it was appropriate to completely demolish and replace the pavilion at its exact location at this time.

PRCS offered multiple ways to invest CDBG dollars for the community to consider: 

  1. Restore the current site; invest some funding to make the pavilion safe and renewed;
  2. Explore other sites for a community amenity, including the South Shooks Run Playground space, Memorial Park or Hillside Community Center/Fountain Park;
  3. Remove the pavilion now and look to fully redesign and renovate the site with the future Legacy Loop planning process;
  4. Keep the pavilion and wait for future planning processes to redesign and renovate the site.

 

February – June 2018

  • Community members coordinated outreach events, activities and surveys to identify project priorities and opportunities for the Leon Young Pavilion site and CDBG funding.

June  2018

  • With no consensus on a project and location, Community Development reassigned the $150,000 to a competitive pool due to concerns that the funds could not be committed by the end of the 2018 program year. CDD expressed interest in making 2019 funds available.

August 2018

  • Open House held by City staff and two City Council members regarding Hillside area project updates, the Leon Young Pavilion, a Hillside community project to include the use of 2019 CDBG funding for a project, and homeless population updates.

September 2018

  • Public Meeting #1: Hillside Community Project and Leon Young Pavilion planning meeting and design activity where the community provided input on project opportunities.

November 2018

  • Planned Public Meeting #2:  Discuss community feedback received to date and present some options for community consideration and feedback.

Public Process

Open House

On August 21 the City hosted an information session to share current and planned projects in the Hillside Community, including the Leon Young Pavilion; Community Development Block Grant Programs and 2019 project funding opportunities; and, Council President Skorman and Council Member Strand hosted a community discussion on homelessness issues and the recent riparian ordinance that prohibits camping within 100 feet of creeks and other waterways.

Public Planning Meeting #1

On September 12 the City hosted a Hillside Community Project and Leon Young Pavilion planning meeting and design charrette.

Public Planning Meeting #2

On November 1 the City will host a meeting to discuss the outcome of the September meeting with a proposed location and design options.

November 1 at 5:30 pm

Hillside Community Center

925 South Institute

Public Comment

Thank you for your interest in the Hillside Project and Leon Young Pavilion Project.  The City is seeking feedback on opportunities to utilize Community Development Block Grant funding to support a community project in the Hillside Community. For example, options include beautification to the current Leon Young Pavilion site, adding another park amenity to a local park, or other community improvements.  We look forward to your comments!

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