Founder’s Park Survey

On May 4, the City hosted an open house to gather input regarding potential improvements for Founders Park at the northwest intersection of S. Church Street and Ninth Street, behind Grace Heritage Center, 811 S. Main Street.  Based on the feedback from that meeting, the City has developed this survey to help further refine and prioritized the park improvements.  You can review the public input received at the public meeting here.

Please complete the survey and share it with your neighbors.  We have extended the survey deadline to Friday, June 17. The results of the survey, as well as the input received at the open house, will be used to develop a design that will be presented at a second public meeting this summer.  The date and time of the next Founders Park meeting will be circulated through the City’s normal communication channels.

 

Founders Park Site Plan 

Founders Park Site Plan 2016

Input From May 4th Open House

On May 4, the City hosted an open house to gather input regarding potential improvements for Founders Park at the northwest intersection of S. Church Street and Ninth Street, behind Grace Heritage Center, 811 S. Main Street.  Attendees had the opportunity to comment on proposed improvements options, as well as write down their own ideas.  Feedback from the public can be see below.

Founders Park Site Plan

Prioritization of Elements From Open House Attendees

(Green dots indicate the most preferred options, red dots indicate the lease preferred option. )

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Founders Park Open House Input

The following bullet points combine the general public-provided input on proposed elements to be added to the park:

  • Play up history (“FOUNDERS Park”)
  • Doesn’t need to be kid-centric, lots of nearby options for that already
  • Some shrubs and a picnic table
  • You don’t have to compete with the Army Corps of Engineers
  • Gratuitous open space is the hallmark of a great city. Leave it alone or add a picnic table or bench and replace trees lost in 2011 drought. It’s not broke, don’t fix it.
  • This is a historic area
  • Love the waterfall and seating area
  • Love it plain and green, parking lots are all around
  • Change nothing please
  • Leave it quite, peaceful, green
  • Love green space, keep as is or possible beautification landscape
  • Serene/Sanctuary – keep green please – incorporate natural elements – water, stone, plants, wood – no metal please, no playscape
  • Park rental opportunity?
  • Aesthetics are important
  • As weddings occur at Heritage Center and Sweet Lemon Inn receptions can spill into park
  • Minimize use of mulch/concrete/ decomposed granite
  • “Marry” space with beauty of Heritage Center and Sweet Lemon Inn
  • Seat walls are good, keep it green, add tables, more seating
  • Keep it green! Why mess up a good thing!
  • Focus on historic aspects of the park
  • Additional seating and art or water feature or both
  • Playscape could work if it fits in with the historical significance of the space
  • Bike rack
  • I love the fact that this improvement is happening! My concern is the potential interface with Sweet Lemon once they add the wraparound deck (designed by Gary Wang) – Kent
  • Meditative spiral, benches, roses
  • No smoking sign
  • Chess table
  • Landscaping
  • Area for live music
  • Water fountains
  • There should be a white UFO with a ladder in the bottom with a trap door on top
  • There should be a climbable structure for kids to play and climb on
  • Native landscaping, butterfly/bird habitat/edibles/work with master gardeners
  • Suggest no integration with Sweet Lemon (businesses change over time)
  • Quite, contemplative, green, grown-up space
  • Clear connection, gateway to Main Street
  • Make it about Georgetown and its founders
  • Playscapes, fountains, etc. can be found anywhere, Pflugerville, Taylor, Round Rock, Don’t lose our heritage
  • Please, no kid attractions, two driveways between park and 600 Degrees, and drivers backing out cannot see little people running up and down the sidewalk
  • Leave as is- need greenspace, not more playscapes
  • Flexible green space with seating/ tables (no smoking) and native plants/herb garden/educations garden space
  • Make historic aspect of park more clear and tie elements into history
  • If play feature for kids, keep it more natural to blend with landscape or tie in history
  • Bike rack
  • I’d like to see the sidewalks moved to the curb (less impact on the tree roots)
  • I’d like to see the hardscape be more urban feel, not suburban feel
  • I like the fountain idea to create some white noise to mask car sounds

(News Release) Founders Park Open House on May 4

An open house meeting on proposed improvements for Founders Park will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. The meeting is at Founders Park, at the northwest corner of the intersection of S. Church Street and Ninth Street. The park is behind Grace Heritage Center, 811 S. Main Street.

At the open house meeting, proposed design options will show potential elements and enhancements, including possible play elements, sculpture pads, public seating, and retaining wall treatments. Staff will be on hand to discuss the park’s history, as well as answer any questions attendees may have. Public input is invited and encouraged. Additionally, an online survey will be available to collect input on design options. A second public meeting will be scheduled in the summer to present the final design developed based on the public’s feedback.

Renovation work on Founders Park is expected to begin in late 2016. Additional improvements include tree plantings, a water fountain, and improved sidewalks.

Founders Park is the site where Williamson County’s first commissioners met under an oak tree in 1848 to choose a location for the county seat. George Washington Glasscock offered to donate the land he owned jointly with his business partner Thomas B. Huling. The land was bounded by the oak tree at one corner and the San Gabriel River to the north and west.  The oak tree was felled by a storm in 1886, but the park remains an important reminder of Georgetown’s history.

Founder’s Park

Located at 811 Main Street, Founder’s Park is where Williamson County’s first six commissioners met under a stately oak tree in May 1848 to choose a location for the county seat. George Washington Glasscock offered to donate the land he owned jointly with Thomas B. Huling as a site for the county seat. The land was bounded by the oak tree at one corner and the San Gabriel River to the north and west. The commissioners named the town Georgetown in Glasscock’s honor. For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/founders-park.

Contact for this Project

For questions about this project, please contact Eric Nuner, Asst Parks Director, (512) 930-3525, eric.nuner@georgetown.org.

April Progress Pictures

The Westside Service Center is project on schedule.  Below are photos from April 2016.

 

Front of Building

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South Wall
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Roof Purlins Over Bay
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Roof Purlins With Insulation Panels

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April 26th Design Presentation

The following was presented at Council Workshop on April 26 by Kimberly Garrett, Parks and Recreation Director, Laurie Brewer, Assistant City Manager, and Brian Binkowski, Halff Associates.  The slides below feature schematic design for the park.  Construction is set to begin in September 2016.

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Construction Manager at Risk

UPDATE: On April 12th City Council agreed to move forward with the Construction Manager at Risk contract, allowing the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Balfour Beatty Construction.

Building Renderings for City Hall and Municipal Court

On Tuesday, March 22, Eric Johnson, CIP Manager for the City of Georgetown, presented building schematics for the renovation of existing City buildings, a project known as Downtown West.

Relationship of Building Complex

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City Hall

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Municipal Court / City Council Chambers

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Traffic Analysis for Downtown West

R-K Traffic Engineering completed a Traffic Analysis (.pdf version click here) for the adjacent roadways 8th Street and West Street to the proposed Georgetown Civic Center (Downtown West) in Georgetown, Texas.

Project Description

The project consists of determining ADT for the development and distributing the estimated traffic through 8th Street and West Street. The Unified Development Code (UDC) for the City of Georgetown was used to identify the roadway classifications and ADT as defined in Table 12.03.020.

Trip Generation

The Georgetown Civic Center is anticipated to include three buildings – City Hall, GCAT (Municipal Court) and Light & Waterworks (planning, economic development and public communications). The ITE code 730 Government Office Building was used to estimate the trips for each building. The calculated 24-Hour trips per day was determined based on number of employees.

Trip Generation

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Trip Distribution

24-Hour tube counts were obtained on West Street between 8th Street and 9th Street and on 8th Street between West Street and MLK. The trips estimated above were distributed throughout the surrounding roadways based on the tube count numbers and street layouts and access to major corridors. The analysis also took into account the available parking spots at each building and the proposed parking lot in the northeast corner of MLK and 8th Street.

West Street:

It is anticipated that very few vehicles would actually use West Street between 8th Street and 9th Street. This is adjacent to the proposed City Hall and provides one driveway. Another driveway is located on MLK which provides parking closer to the main entrance. It is expected that the driveway on MLK will be used more than the driveway on West.

8th Street:

8th Street between West Street and MLK was analyzed since it provides access to a number of homes to the west. The City of Georgetown Zoning Map indicates that the four properties on the north side of 8th Street are zoned General Commercial (C-3), however the use is currently residential and is anticipated to remain residential for the foreseeable future. Due to the location of the additional parking area a higher percentage of traffic is likely to use 8th Street to access this parking lot when accessing the Civic Center from Scenic Drive.

Results

ADT and Classification (Typical Weekday)

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LOS

Further analysis was performed to estimate the Level of Service (LOS) for 8th Street. The existing 24-hour counts indicated that the peak hour was at noon in which 74 vehicles used this section of 8th Street. Using the same trip distribution assumptions above estimates 108 trips may use this section of 8th Street during the PM Peak hour. The future PM peak hour would be 182 trips. The LOS based on the 1997 HCM table “Two-Lane Roadways LOS vs Traffic Flow Rates” indicates that 8th Street will operate at LOS A during the PM peak.

Saturday

The City is also considering providing some green space, small amphitheater and a place for a Farmers Market in the Civic Center. The amphitheater is not expected to accommodate more than 150 attendees. Assuming trips both entering and exiting and a conservative vehicle occupancy rate of 2.2 persons per vehicle would estimate 136 trips during an amphitheater event. Georgetown staff expects a Farmers Market to generate no more than 300 shoppers. Assuming trips both entering and exiting and a conservative vehicle occupancy rate of 1.2 persons per vehicle would estimate 500 trips during the Farmers Market. Both estimated trip scenarios produces significantly less trips than the weekday trips. Also, 24-Hour traffic counts indicate that there is less traffic on the analyzed roadways on Saturday when compared to the weekday. In general any issues and/or recommendations for the weekday analysis is anticipated to accommodate weekend traffic.

Analysis of Results

The proposed Georgetown Civic Center will be located within the Downtown District. This area was at one time single family residential; therefore, the roads were constructed as 28’ Local Streets. At this time Georgetown does not have a roadway classification that provides a better fit for a downtown type roadway. While West Street continues to fall under the Local Street parameters, 8th Street does not. The volumes indicate a Residential Collector, but the roadway width indicates a Local Street. The UDC does allow for Residential Collector streets to be reduced to 30’ by restricting parking on one side of the road. Restricting parking on the south side would allow for a single parking lane on the north side and permit two 10’ travel lanes. While this is still just short of the 10.5’ lane widths suggested in the UDC and 2’ short of the overall street width for Residential Collectors; the roadway would still provide room for two through lanes to operate concurrently.

Recommendations

It is recommended that 8th Street between West Street and MLK prohibits parking on the south side of the road. It is also recommended that Georgetown continue to monitor traffic on the surrounding roadways. An unexpected increase in traffic volume or an increase in accidents may suggest the need for mitigation in other locations.