Hillside Community Project

Project Overview

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

Project Goals

  • Find agreement on a project site
  • Maintain Leon Young’s legacy working with youth and community impact
  • Effectively leverage grant funding on Hillside community needs
  • Improve service level in the park
  • Complete improvements in 2019

Timeline

December 2017

  • Community outreach and a youth-led photo voice project identified the Leon Young Pavilion as a community amenity and priority. 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

  • Due to pending priority projects along the Shooks Run corridor, including the Legacy Loop and Envision Shooks Run Master Plan, and lack of opportunities for activation, the Parks Department did not feel it was appropriate to replace the pavilion at its exact location at this time.

 

  • The Parks Department offered to explore other sites, including the South Shooks Run Playground, Memorial Park or Hillside Community Center/Fountain Park as alternate sites for a community amenity utilizing CDBG funding.

 

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 convened by City staff and City Council regarding Hillside community project updates, including the Leon Young Pavilion and utilizing 2019 CDBG funding for a project.

September 2018

  • Public Meeting #1: Hillside Community Project and Leon Young Pavilion planning meeting and design charrette.

November 2018

  • Public Meeting #2:  Outcome of the September meeting with a proposed location and design options.

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.

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Public Planning Meeting #1

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

September 12 at 5:30 pm

Hillside Community Center

925 South Institute

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