Located in the heart of Glenwood Springs, Sayre Park offers a variety of recreation options and infrastructure, featuring grass open space, a playground, volleyball, horseshoes, picnic shelters, basketball and tennis courts, and a baseball field that doubles a soccer field. The park has long been the venue for small to large gatherings for private parties and public events, including the historic 122-year old Strawberry Days festival hosted every June by the Glenwood Chamber Resort Association. A comprehensive review of Sayre Park was one of the action recommendations of the 2016 Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update.
Zehren and Associates, a Landscape Architecture firm from Avon, Colorado has been hired to work with the community and staff to gather park user information and opinions about current and future needs, analyze the physical constraints and opportunities at the park and evaluate compliance with sport-specific, safety, and accessibility standards.
Sayre Park Construction Phase 1On July 19, 2021, construction at Sayre Park will begin on Phase I items that include demo of the old basketball court and re-grading the site to address the drop off adjacent to the court and construction of 3 new sports courts, installation of ADA curb ramps and pathways, new drinking fountain w/ bottle filler, landscaping and park entry beautification, irrigation efficiency modifications, new court lighting, wayfinding signage, spectator benches, and an improved stairway to the mid-level fields. The Northwest corner of the park surrounding the basketball courts will be closed through Labor Day 2021 for construction.
The City has partnered with Game On Camps and Hoop d'Ville as primary stakeholders in the project for fundraising efforts. Grand River Construction is generously providing 60% of the project pro-bono. The City was also awarded a $25,000 FMLD Mini Grant for portions of the project.
Sayre Park HistorySayre Park has a rich history and is named after James Sayre who purchased the property in the 1930’s for his use as a livestock grazing property. In the late 1930’s, Sayre leased the property to the U.S. government for a Civilian Conservation Camp (CCC) that housed 200 men. The CCC was working on improvements to the Red Mountain ski area and the Glenwood Springs airport. The property also served as a prisoner-of-war camp for two years during World War II. Sayre donated the land to the City in the 1940’s with the stipulation it would forever be a public park.
The project’s Community Outreach kicked-off in April 2019 with park visits and park-user interviews in English and Spanish, and talking with residential, business, church, school, and health-care neighbors, major event hosts, and sport-league organizers. Three scenarios of potential improvements were presented by Zehren at the May 30, 2019 Community Open House meeting based on the input gathered to date blended with the project team’s experience in park design projects throughout Colorado. Following the May 30, 2019 meeting, there was an online survey for additional public input (survey results below). At the second Community Open House on July 11, 2019, a scenario was presented based on community input at the previous meeting, survey, and interviews.
View the presentation and drawing that was presented at the meeting below:Sayre Park Plan Prelimnary Drawing
Sayre Park Preliminary Concept Plan
The Sayre Park community survey was administered from June 4-18, 2019. The results of the survey are available below.
A total of 255 responses were received. The survey was based
on review of the three park improvement options developed by the project team after the initial round of community input. Questions 1-14 sought specific input on the three options. Question 15 was the opportunity for "other comments" on the options or any other opinions regarding the park. 150 "other" comments were provided in response to question 15 and can be read in the survey results or in the attached summary of "Other Comments" organized by topic.
Sayre Park Master Plan Survey Results (English respondents):
Sayre Park Master Plan Survey Results (Spanish respondents):