This project is on a 52-acre site is located between Main and Martin Streets and along the St. Vrain Creek. It will become Longmont's next District Park and trailhead to the St. Vrain Greenway trail system.
- The original master plan for Dickens Farm Park was adopted by City Council in July 2013. The flooding that occurred in September 2013 altered the site making a master plan update necessary. The Master Plan Update was presented and approved by the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board on August 11, 2014 and reviewed by City Council on August 26, 2014. The updated Master Plan accounts for changes in site conditions caused by the flood and will guide the restoration and future of that area.
||Master Plan Design is Complete. Construction-Level Design Schedule TBD.
This project has been funded for construction. Work is currently scheduled to begin in 2016 and will be coordinated with the reconstruction of the adjacent St. Vrain Creek damaged by the 2013 flood. Visit our Flood Recovery webpage for more information on repair projects.
Plans & Reports
- Master Plan Update (August 2014)
- Master Plan (adopted July 2013)
- Master Plan Description:
- A centrally located parking lot with access from Martin Street.
- Additional trails to new program areas, and for recreation
- The River Park around the Bonus ditch dam with slower-moving water.
- Spectator areas for the River Park
- A restroom with changing room (for River park users)
- A bike skills trail for novices and beginners on easy rolling terrain and built with various trail materials
- A nature play discovery trail with a play area that provides ADA access to play opportunities
- A medium-sized shelter
- Historical and environmental interpretation areas (information on: Dickens family, pond ecology, & native fish).
- Most of the park will be planted in native grasses.
- Boating is allowed in the East Pond, but West Pond is designated as a native fish refuge. Ponds will not be stocked with sport fish, and fishing will not be permitted.
- Habitat areas for more environmental diversity.
Project Background Information
- This site (Pavlakis Open Space) was originally master planned in 2001 as part of the St Vrain Greenway Master Plan, East Corridor Update. The site was identified for trailhead and passive park purposes and also included a proposed Whitewater Park.
- An RICD (Recreational In Channel Diversion) was obtained by the City in 2004 to retain water in the creek for this boating amenity.
- Site condition changes since the time of the original master plan include:
- Boston Avenue is now planned to cross the property's north end;
- Dog parks are no longer considered compatible within this District Park setting;
- Shared parking and restroom facilities with the adjacent Fire Training Center is no possible because of the Boston Avenue roadway.
- Park Naming: The name Dickens Farm Park was adopted by Council at their July 9, 2013 meeting. Dickens was the original homesteader for the property and was a founding father to Longmont.
The St. Vrain Creek is unique from other nearby creeks. Although they all are transitional streams (from mountain to plains) they are now very different in terms of fish that inhabit the creeks. The St. Vrain Creek within Longmont has 21 different fish with 13 of them being native species. "Transition zone” rivers have cooler temperatures than in the downstream plains area, yet is warmer than in the upstream mountainous areas. The stream channel in the transition zone generally features a meandering channel and has a relatively flatter grade.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has done fish sampling in Longmont's creek. This sampling found the following species that are protected by the State of Colorado:
- Iowa Darter - State listed Species of Concern
- Stonecat - State listed Species of Concern.
- Common Shiner - State listed Threatened Species.
Project Manager: Steve Ransweiler
Project Location: 361 Martin Street (north of the St. Vrain Creek between Main and Martin Streets)