LAFAYETTE -- A multiyear plan laying out the city's priorities for parks and recreations projects -- including a much-debated BMX bike park -- will go before the City Council next week.
On Monday, officials will hear details of the Parks, Trails and Recreation Department's multiyear capital improvement plan, which includes the construction of a 1.8-acre bike park and the $1.85 million replacement of the Lafayette Community Center's Manzanita Room.
The six-year plan also calls for new trails and buying property for future parks, including sports fields, an off-leash dog park and a nature park. Funding and other approvals for each project would be made separately by city leaders.
This capital plan "does not take the place of the annual city budget, which dictates funding amounts and sources for capital projects that are in progress," parks department director Jennifer Russell wrote in a recent staff report.
The plan paints a positive picture of increasing revenue from fees associated with residential construction -- money the parks department uses to pay for capital projects.
According to city data, the department expects to pull in more than $550,000 in one-time park facility fees from developments under construction, including two major senior housing projects.
An additional $1.85 million could come by 2016 from other developments in process, including the Town Center III and Terraces projects, $600,000 of which parks staff is estimating it would actually receive for capital improvement plan projects. Those revenues would help fund the Manzanita building construction and the bike park, among other projects.
The City Council last considered those items at public hearings in February, but held off on making any decisions until discussing the capital improvement plan.
At that meeting, officials heard an update on the bike park, including its construction costs, which have grown to $342,000 since the council decided in 2008 to set aside space for the development. They also heard arguments from several residents objecting to the bike park's location in an environmentally sensitive area, as well as those in support of the project.
City leaders also considered a recommendation to approve one of three design options for a new building that would replace a 2,777-square-foot multiuse room inside the community center. Staff said the nearly 60-year-old indoor facility is deteriorating and detailed how a new, larger building would allow for increased uses and more revenue.
"A new building will significantly enhance the program offerings to the community and improve revenue," Russell wrote in her staff report.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center community hall.