Monday night Town and Country aldermen voted to authorize Director of Parks and Recreation Anne Nixon to apply for a municipal park grant to be applied to the Longview Farm Park parking expansion project.
The grant will be used for construction, which Alderman Alderman Skip Mange says is estimated to cost a $122,496. Currently, the total parking project cost is estimated at $141,916.
(Read more here on the cost of the Longview Park parking project.)
Prior to the Monday's vote, Mange updated aldermen on the progress of the Longview parking project and said there are some changes to the plan.
After further review of the proposed plans, the committee heading up the parking project has decided to not use paver blocks for parking. Mange tells Patch, the decision was based on climate, because they found that in four different locations in the St. Louis area, the paver blocks are not green. As a result of this decision, in an effort to maintain green space, an area that had been planned for three parking spaces will now remain a grassy area, so the parking plan for 15 additional spots is now likely reduced to 12.
Mange said the recent review of the project resulted in the following conclusions.
- Use the current east exit as the park's only entrance.
- Use the current west exit as the park's only exit.
- Do not use 50% open paver blocks for new parking spaces east of the tennis courts (this will affect green space - see below).
- Do not do any new construction west of the tennis courts.
- Use signage to control traffic rather than restriping for angled parking spaces on the west side of the tennis courts.
- Use a permeable concrete for the new parking spaces with an earth tone color consistent with the existing bricks on the house.
Mange explained the following design plans and said they will affect the park's green space, resulting a loss of 100 square feet of green space, but a gain of 4,100 square feet in pervious area with resultant decrease in runoff.
- 7,000 square feet of current asphalt will be removed.
- 2,900 square feet of new asphalt pavement will be added.
- 4,200 square feet of pervious concrete parking spaces will be added.
- 7,100 square feet of new pavement.
- TOTAL = 100 Square feet of green space is the net loss.
Two new lights will also be added in the existing islands to increase lighting in the park.
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