Council Discusses the Outside Fitness Center Planned for Les Lacs Park

Fri 2/11/22
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Recently residents approached the Council and staff with concerns about the installation of an outdoor fitness station adjacent to Les Lacs Park. At the February 8 City Council meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Janna Tidwell provided Council with some background on the fitness station and how the location was identified. Council discussed the concerns shared by residents and asked questions about other potential locations for the equipment.
The City Council adopted a Parks Recreation and Open Space Plan (PROS) plan in April of 2019. The plan was derived from an extensive public input process which included a special project committee, one-on-one interviews, pop-up intercepts, Maptionnaire questionnaire, and a community survey. During the PROS input process, active recreation was identified as a top priority of Addison residents.
Based on recommendations in the PROS plan, the Addison Bond Advisory Committee, which consisted of 28 Addison residents and business owners, included an outdoor fitness court adjacent to Les Lacs Park and the Beltway / Arapaho Connector Trail as part of the Park, Open Space, and Recreation Facilities Proposition (Proposition C) in the November 2019 Bond Election. Voters approved that Proposition 68% to 32%.
Following the Bond election, there was additional communication in the Town's weekly newsletter and on social media channels about the fitness station, including a survey asking for community input on the design.
On September 14, 2021, Council approved two resolutions:
  • A resolution confirming the Town's intent to participate in the 2021 National Fitness Campaign Grant Program for $25,000 towards the purchase of fitness equipment to be installed at Les Lacs Park.
  • A resolution approving the purchase of Outdoor Fitness Court equipment from the National Fitness Campaign in an amount not to exceed $124,265.
No action was taken but the Council plans to revisit this item at a future meeting.