Aspen City Council eyes options for Wagner Park makeover
Ryan Summerlin March 19, 2014
In order to make Wagner Park more resilient, the Aspen City Council will consider two options during Tuesday’s work session: renovation of the field’s profile and/or flooring systems that will protect its surface from foot and vehicular traffic.
A $1 million budget has been earmarked for the field’s renovation, and the council has the option to approve both, one or neither of the proposed options. Scheduled for July through August, the top-soil renovation would create better water drainage and oxygen intake, according to a memorandum to the council. It would add a new irrigation system and electrical infrastructure to support events around the field perimeter. Lastly, the field surface would be graded to eliminate pronounced undulations.
The flooring technology — to be used during such events as the Food & Wine Classic — consists of 30,000 square feet of Terratile flooring and 2,000 square feet of Terratrak Plus vehicular flooring. The interlocking equipment potentially could pay back on initial investment through a rental program. When the city is not using the flooring, the vendor would market and rent the equipment to others. As owner of the equipment, the city receives a portion of rental income, while the vendor manages, cleans, transports and stores the flooring and retains the majority of rental income.
Representatives from the Food & Wine Classic and the USA Pro Challenge have tested and offered input on flooring products. Food & Wine has expressed support and excitement for the Terratile and Terratrak equipment.
According to the memo, the proposed irrigation system is similar to what’s in place at the Aspen Golf Club. The system at the golf course has seen an estimated 25 to 30 percent reduction in water use.
The memo states that the council could choose not to approve the proposals. But “without field renovation work and special-event flooring, the current scenario of longer periods of the park being offline to public use following high public and special-event use, necessary for turfgrass re-establishment, will remain.”