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Name not shown inside Area East of Rocky Ridge/Altadena Area October 10, 2017, 1:44 PM

I am looking for any information on possible development for the abandoned tennis court beside Altadena Ridge. Are there any plans to develop this into a park or natural area? Thanks!

Olivia Jones inside Area East of Rocky Ridge/Altadena Area October 10, 2017, 1:34 PM

I would like information on the abandoned tennis court beside the new Altadena Ridge new construction neighborhood. Are there any plans to develop this into a natural area etc? The poor condition of the existing tennis court is unsightly as this will be directly behind residents' backyards. Any information on this would be very much appreciated! Thanks!

Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge August 20, 2017, 7:57 AM

This is a request for further clarification on recycling plastics. In a comment posted in Feb 2017, the city responded that plastics 3-7 are still being recycled, but the link to the city page has just plastics 1 and 2 listed. If 3-7 are still being recycled, the website needs to be updated. Also, if 3-7 are recyclable, are grocery bags recyclable? Typically they are not by many municipalities. If 3-7 aren't recyclable, better communication needs to be had with the public as this is a recent change apparently that we were never notified about.

Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge August 20, 2017, 7:50 AM

The road paving in the Biltmore Estate such as Chestut Rd was supposed to be done with conjunction with the Alagasco project. It appears the Alagasco project in the area has been completed for almost a year now. Any updates on when the paving will get started?

Anne Siple inside Liberty Park August 9, 2017, 6:57 PM

Do you feel that the pool/swim facility at Wald Park is high quality?
Somewhat disagree


What improvements in comparison to the existing swim facility should be prioritized to enhance the participant experience at Wald Park (select up to two)?
Improving the quality of the pool, Including a separate pool for recreational use


Do you feel that your child's/children's team typically has adequate time for swim practice at Wald Park?
Somewhat agree


How much more, beyond your current registration/fees total, would you be willing to pay if the improvements you identified in the previous series of questions were available for your family at a new swim facility?
Additional $50-$75


How should the pool be configured?
Multiple pools


What entry configuration should be emphasized?
All of the Above


What should be the focus of the design?
Both


If competition pool is a priority, what is most important - width or length?
Other - I would rely completely on swim coaches to determine.


What hours should the pool be opened for recreational swimming?
Before 11:00am


Rank (highest to lowest) the most important features to the design of the pool.
Pick your top priority.

Toddler/ infant pools , Block diving depth of 7 feet , 5-foot depth for swim turns , Year-round design (indoor or covered) , Deep end for diving boards, Warm-up areas for competition, Splash features , Secondary pools , Underwater lighting, Heated water


Rank (highest to lowest) the most important amenities for a new facility.
Pick your top priority.

Much larger pool deck, Sound and PA system, Outdoor lighting for night events, Digital scoreboard, Scorer's table area, Portable bleachers, Enclosed pool deck, Deck heating, Tanning deck


Rank (highest to lowest) the most important features of a pool/bath house.
Pick your top priority.

Enhanced locker rooms, Wi-Fi access, Shade structure, Office space for life guards, Concession area, Controlled entry , Covered shelter for weather event, Raised eating area, Administrative offices, Conference room


Additional comments
If absolutely nothing else is done with VH Parks and Rec, PLEASE tear down the entire bathroom/locker room structure and rebuild something that isn't disgusting. There is some sort of drainage issue - absolutely NOTHING that is within the control of those who work at the pool. But it is easily the nastiest thing in our entire Parks system.

When determining options for the pool, please realize that both aspects are needed - the competitive swim team pool and the FUN pool, with a zero to 2 foot depth, water features, etc. will be big draws for our city. One reason that people don't use the Wald Park pool, but pay a hefty fee to Lifetime, the YMCA, and other providers, is that they can and will provide both a facility where an adult can swim laps, a child can take swim lessons or participate in entry-level (or competitive) swim team, and moms can bring their babies and toddlers play in the water. Do not minimize the power of the stay at home moms who need a good place to take their kids to get their energy out! I would have paid a geat deal to have that option when we moved here!

Anne Siple inside Liberty Park August 9, 2017, 6:31 PM

Should the City invest in a premier green space at Wald Park?
Yes


Choose your top ten features of a premier green space
Shaded areas, Amphitheater, Multiple pavilions, Dog park, Picnic areas, Park Wi-Fi and lighting, New restroom facilities, Wider walking/running paths, Pedestrian connectivity (e.g. to City Hall, Library, Community Building)


Should the City maintenance building be relocated?
Yes


What value does a premier green space provide the residents of Vestavia Hills?
A go-to spot for activities for the city, a place where we can have activities in a comfortable setting.

Anne Siple inside Liberty Park August 9, 2017, 6:28 PM

What should be the main purpose of this facility?
Community use to support recreational sports


What improvements in comparison to the existing facilities should be prioritized to enhance the playing experience at the recreation center? Select up to 2.
Improving the quality of the courts, Adding "flex space" to accommodate more indoor sports


Do you believe Vestavia Hills needs a new recreational center when compared to neighboring cities?
Yes


Should a new entrance from Highway 31 be developed?
Yes


What is you flooring preference for indoor playing surfaces?
Other - unsure


How many outdoor tennis courts should be built?
Other - unsure - to what extent are the really utilized?


Rank (highest to lowest) the non-athletic spaces to be included in this facility
Meeting spaces , Administrative offices , Coordinated parking (Wald Park and Gold's Gym facility) , Inclusive playground (Possibly inside facility) , Concession stand, Revenue generation, Coordinated entrance with Wald Park pool, Game room


How much more, beyond your current registration/fees total, would you be willing to pay if the improvements you identified in the previous series of questions were available for you and/or your children at a new recreational facility?
Additional $10-$25


Additional comments
When we first moved to VHHS 11 years ago, we were aghast at the state of the Parks & Rec Department of "one of the best school districts in the Birmingham area". I think I've only stepped in there twice since then. Back when my children were young, I would have been willing to spend much more for access to a quality space for them to have access to a clean, updated facility. Let me make myself clear - it doesn't have to be state of the art, over the top, ridiculously high end, just commiserate with the quality of the city in every other respect.

Anne Siple inside Liberty Park August 9, 2017, 6:18 PM

Do you want a 60/90 diamond at Liberty Park?
Unsure


Is Liberty Park the best spot for a new Miracle Field?
Unsure


Should Liberty Park host softball tournaments?
Unsure


Pick your top five amenities to be considered at Liberty Park
Relocation of the transformers, Create adjacent parking, Wi-Fi access, Walking access to SHAC, Tunnel connection


Rank priority (highest to lowest) of ball field improvements
Pick your top priority.

Improved drainage, Safety improvements for foul balls etc. , Field #2 scoreboard location at SHAC, Expansion of fields #7,8,9, Better back stops, Off-field warm up spaces, Bullpen improvements, New soccer scoreboard, Dirt in-fields, Batting cages - roof/enclosed


Additional comments
I don't have any problems with softball tournaments, but I think they should be viewed conservatively. Assuming that they are a welcome influx of cash in the Parks & Rec coffers, that's great. However, the egress to parking is HORRIBLE. In addition, at least for now, only those who pay Liberty Park Homeowners dues pay for upkeep of the roads leading to the softball fields. Knowing that tournaments bring larger trucks, often RVs, with a larger than normal traffic pattern, the onus for paying for the wear & tear, unfortunately, is only passed on to those residents. Additionally, there are times that softball tournament timelines coincide with school activities, making parking a bigger issue than usual.

Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge August 9, 2017, 12:40 PM

Are you the parent/guardian of a child who played organized youth sports in Vestavia Hills in the last 12 months?
No


Have you attended any of the Community Spaces presentations over the last 12 months?
Yes


What is your age?

31-40


What is your current family and marital status?
Partner/married with children


What organized sport(s)/activity(s) did your child/children participate in during the last 12 months (select all that apply)?
None


Have you or another adult in your household participated in any of the adult civic groups or programs currently or in the past 12 months (select all that apply)? NOTE: non-senior activities are included in the options below.
None

Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge August 9, 2017, 12:39 PM

Do you feel that the pool/swim facility at Wald Park is high quality?
Somewhat disagree


What improvements in comparison to the existing swim facility should be prioritized to enhance the participant experience at Wald Park (select up to two)?
Providing a year-round indoor facility to allow use during inclement weather, Including a separate pool for recreational use


How much more, beyond your current registration/fees total, would you be willing to pay if the improvements you identified in the previous series of questions were available for your family at a new swim facility?
Less than $10 in additional costs


How should the pool be configured?
Multiple pools


What entry configuration should be emphasized?
All of the Above


What should be the focus of the design?
Both


If competition pool is a priority, what is most important - width or length?
Both


What hours should the pool be opened for recreational swimming?
Before 8:00am


Rank (highest to lowest) the most important features to the design of the pool.
Pick your top priority.

Heated water, Year-round design (indoor or covered) , Warm-up areas for competition, Secondary pools , Toddler/ infant pools , Block diving depth of 7 feet , 5-foot depth for swim turns , Deep end for diving boards, Splash features


Rank (highest to lowest) the most important amenities for a new facility.
Pick your top priority.

Outdoor lighting for night events, Portable bleachers, Deck heating, Much larger pool deck, Enclosed pool deck, Sound and PA system, Digital scoreboard, Scorer's table area


Rank (highest to lowest) the most important features of a pool/bath house.
Pick your top priority.

Controlled entry , Covered shelter for weather event, Enhanced locker rooms, Concession area, Shade structure, Raised eating area