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VIENNA, WV PARKS AND RECREATION MASTERPLAN 2022


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Thank you to the city of Vienna and Vienna Parks and Recreation for making this project possible. In addition, a special thank you goes to the Vienna community for your participation, support, and feedback throughout the design process. Your thoughts and ideas shaped the recommendations presented in the following pages. Creating a quality parks and recreation masterplan would not have been possible without you.

CITY COUNCIL VIENNA PARKS AND RECREATION STAFF VIENNA PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DESIGN TEAM 2022

Jim Christie, PLA Andrew Gosnell


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION

CITY OVERVIEW VIENNA SOCIOECONOMICS MASTERPLANNING PROCESS OVERVIEW

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02 INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS

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PARK SYSTEM OVERVIEW FACILITIES DESCRIPTION AND ASSESSMENT PEER AGENCY REVIEW REGIONAL ASSET INVENTORY

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

OVERALL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SUMMARY SPENCER’S LANDING CALL FOR INPUT REVIEW COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING REVIEW ONLINE INPUT SURVEY REVIEW

04 RECOMMENDATIONS

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DESCRIPTION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EACH PARK

FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS

PEDESTRIAN CONNECTIVITY CONSIDERATIONS FUTURE EXPANSION SUGGESTIONS


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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A parks and recreation masterplan provides an overall framework that can be used to give guidance to a parks and recreation department for implementation of facility improvements and expansion. Parks and recreation promote healthy programing opportunities and improve the quality of life within a community. This masterplan is the first major plan for Vienna’s Park and Recreation Department. The City and community at large have been very active with this system and have voiced that the park system needs updated and evaluated. This prompted the need for a masterplan, which will give the community a framework to follow and strive for in the years to come. This masterplanning process began in 2021 with a facilities review, followed by multiple months of public input. After public input was gathered, the design team reviewed regional park and recreation opportunities to create a matrix of local and regional needs. This masterplan is presented to the City of Vienna’s City Council and Parks and Recreation Board of Directors as a document to be used to update and improve the current parks system. We applaud the City Council, Parks and Recreation Board of Directors, and the community for their combined effort to establish a masterplan. The 2022 Vienna Parks and Recreation Masterplan includes minor and major projects, all of which will need a funding strategy that prioritizes parks and recreation related capital projects. These projects include the maintenance of existing amenities and for expansion of new facilities to accommodate the community’s needs. After much input and analysis, this updated plan focuses on the existing park assets, changes to user numbers, and future needs for recreation. The proposed changes also address the need for additional revenue producing facilities to assist with the funding of the Parks and Recreation Department and the new proposed projects. With this document, the residents of Vienna have provided the city with what they believe should be the highest priorities for facilities and activities.

The entrance to Jackson Memorial Park

An existing key feature at Spencer’s Landing, Vienna’s Riverfront Park


CHAPTER 01

INTRODUCTION As cities expand, a masterplan document is needed to help direct funds and decision makers to ensure that the needs of all are met. This is particularly true for Vienna, WV, a significant area for business within the Mid-Ohio Valley

with potential for growth. This section introduces the city, investigates the demographic conditions of Vienna, and explains the framework in which the overall document was created.


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Located within the Mid-Ohio Valley (MOV) region of the United States, the City of Vienna can be found on the western border of the state of West Virginia. The City of Parkersburg creates the southern border of the municipality, while the Ohio River shapes the western edge. Positioned approximately 4 miles away from Interstate 77, Vienna is situated in an area defined by its heritage and history, which has been influenced by multiple industries, including oil and gas. The city was named by Dr. Joseph Spencer, who received 5,000 acres of land in the surrounding region. This land, which includes the current location of the city, was given as payment for Spencer’s service in the Revolutionary War. Despite initial efforts to create a development, the area remained agricultural based until the beginning of the 1900s. At this time industry began to develop, encouraged by the creation of the Ohio River Railroad in 1884 and the Interurban Railway Company in 1902, which would connect Parkersburg, WV to Marietta, OH via a streetcar line. As industries, particularly gas, coal, and glass, continued to grow regionally, Vienna became known as a residential family community. The area was chosen for the state’s first country club in 1902, the Parkersburg Country Club. This further encouraged community growth as wealthy families moved to the town to be near the County Club. Vienna continued to expand in population until it became incorporated in 1935. The rest of the century would see continued growth as more industries became located in the greater Vienna region. Throughout its

development the city would remain primarily a residential community. A fact that still holds true today, approximately 10,652 citizens call Vienna home. (U.S. 2020 Census) The city is presently known as one of the MOV’s most thriving business centers, according the Parkersburg’s tourism website. This is in large part due to the Grand Central Mall, the state’s first covered shopping mall. A city with a strong residential focus and numerous opportunities for business success, Vienna is well positioned to become a regional destination. As the city plans for continued growth and development, a parks and recreation masterplan is needed to envision the future of the city and ensure that the needs of residents are met. A strong network of parks and greenspaces will strengthen the sense of community and foster a welcoming environment for all. Positioned in a region with many outdoor recreation opportunities, a masterplan will also emphasize Vienna’s location and connection to regional trails and nearby outdoor destinations. As recreation tourism within the state continues to grow, the city will be able to experience and take part in exciting opportunities related to this industry. In order to best plan for the future of the city, this masterplan document will serve as a ‘road map’ to direct Vienna’s parks and recreation development. Expansion and improvements of currently offered park amenities will only strengthen the area’s sense of community and create a place where neighborhoods and businesses thrive. Vienna Parks and Recreation Masterplan | 2022

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SOCIOECONOMICS OF VIENNA, WV

Vienna, WV Ice Cream Social Community Event

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PROJECT PROCESS The overall purpose of this Parks and Recreation masterplan is to provide a guiding framework, or ‘road map,’ for the City of Vienna to utilize to improve the current public amenities available to community members. A successful masterplan takes into account the needs of all to create a new system of public improvements that

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UNDERSTAND AND LEARN

enhances and addresses areas of weaknesses of a parks and recreation system. In order to meet the needs of both the city and its citizens, all parts of the masterplanning process are important. Below are the steps taken that created the recommendations provided in this document.

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ANALYZE

The first step of the process was to understand and learn about the community and its public spaces. In order to create an all inclusive masterplan, the design team needed to explore existing conditions and listen to the needs of community members. In order to accomplish this step, an all day site visit was conducted. The team also held an in person community input meeting and conducted an online survey in order to reach as many citizens as possible. The goal of this step was to create a overall, unbiased understanding of the current park system before any further recommendations would be made.

Once a complete understanding of the existing park conditions was complete, the next phase of the masterplanning process was to analyze all information gathered. During this time, the design team defined what they had learned during Phase 1 and used this information to create a framework to inform the following steps in the process. They also performed a peer agency review to identify missing amenities and attractions within the region and identify missing attractions. These could be used as areas of opportunity for Vienna. The completion of this task led to the creation of a set of guiding principles that would help envision a masterplan that meets the needs of the community.

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DESIGN

The third phase of the masterplanning process is the design phase. During this time, information that has been collected and analyzed during the previous two phases is used to identify areas of new opportunity within the community. Suggestions for local connectivity improvements, additional facility upgrades, and new programming solutions were all considered. The recommendations created in this phase will provide guidance to the Parks and Recreation department. Suggested concepts will explain how to improve the existing system while providing from the needs of community members.

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IMPLEMENT

Implementation of the design recommendations is the final phase of the project. Suggested ideas range from short term to long term projects, depending on funding, staffing, and time to complete each project. The final design recommendations create a guiding framework for the City of Vienna and their Parks and Recreation Department to use to navigate the future and direct resources such as funding and staffing.


PROJECT GOALS

GOAL 1: Develop diverse facility offerings that enhance Vienna’s park system and provide active and passive recreation opportunities that appeal to a wide range of users.

GOAL 2: Develop new programs for the Vienna park system to implement that maximize value, use, and appreciation of the facilities while promoting health and wellness for users.

GOAL 3: Maintain existing park facilities and suggest improvements that address issues of safety.

GOAL 4: Provide recommendations for the future of Vienna Parks and Recreation that allows the park system to continue to improve and expand.

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CHAPTER 02

INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS The first step in the masterplanning process is to assess existing parks and amenities within the Vienna Parks and Recreation system. On August 19, 2021, a site visit was conducted by the design team. During this time, each of the existing properties owned by the Parks and Recreation Department was visited and assessed. Following this initial visit, each individual site was analyzed to identify potential strengths and weaknesses.

The following section in this masterplanning document gives an overview of these properties and conclusions that could be drawn by the design team. These conclusions will be used, along with information gathered from the community, to propose design recommendations to the City of Vienna.


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Jackson Memorial Park

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EXISTING PARKS OVERVIEW The city of Vienna, WV currently has four established parks, with the potential of having five through the development of an additional property. Shown above, the established parks are McDonough Wildlife Refuge, Jackson Memorial Park, Spencer Park, and Spencer’s Landing. Residents of Vienna have many great resources available to them through these parks. Sports fields, playgrounds, nature trails, and outdoor gathering and seating areas are all provided within the public spaces. These parks support local youth sports leagues, provide space to hold public events, and give the local residents opportunities to be outside and live a healthy lifestyle. Despite these great amenities, one area of concern that can be identified is the accessibility of these parks by local residents. Found mostly along the edges of neighborhoods, the primary method of access is through vehicular access. Residential streets, while often having sidewalks, consist of broken pedestrian connections due to missing or ADA noncompliant walkways. Accessibility within the sites can also be an issue, with parts of sidewalks either missing or in disrepair. Addressing this problem would allow the parks and their amenities reach a greater audience.

Another great resource that is available to Vienna to use for outdoor recreation is the Ohio River. Situated to the west of the city, the river and its watershed create a diverse ecosystem where many different species of wildlife can be found. A 39 mile watertrail is also located on the river and travels past Vienna. Many surrounding cities take advantage of the river as a recreational resource, and have opportunities for residents to have access to the water. This is an aspect that is lacking within Vienna’s park system and is another possible area for improvement. With river access opportunities, Vienna would be able to be a part of the designated Ohio River Watertrail and would give local residents more recreational opportunities. Overall, the City of Vienna offers local residents wonderful parks for outdoor recreation and leisure activities. With a diverse offering of park amenities, there is something for everyone. Further improvements of these spaces will add additional amenities to those already offered, bringing these parks into the 21st century enhancing the quality of life that is provided to the citizens of Vienna.

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HISTORICAL SNAPSHOT Jackson Memorial Park Development (Pictured Below) Jackson Memorial Park historically has been an important asset to the city of Vienna. This trend still holds true today. The pictures shown below document the development of the original community pool. The pool remains the largely the same today, but is in need of improvements and repairs. The changes to the pool facility recommended in this document will be the first major changes in almost 60 years.

Jackson Memorial Park is home to a collection of many public amenities, from sports facilities to dog parks and exercise equipment. While it is no longer in place, the design team uncovered historical evidence of a BMX Bike track that opened in 1985. This is an example of one of the many amenities offered during the park’s history. Ideas presented in this masterplanning document wish to preserve this aspect and suggest new concepts to allow the park to remain relevant into the future.

July 9, 1961

July 9, 1961

August 15, 1961

View from Southern edge of pool property, looking down ravine.

View from near North-west corner looking easterly to Northeast corner of pool property.

Pouring of concrete floor, NE corner of pool. Note bulldozer working on top of hill.

August 23, 1961

October 7, 1961

View of bath house area and pool from approx. 30 ft. elevation.

View of pool filled with water from 50 ft. elevation.

Pictured Left (1985): Opening day of Mountain Country BMX in Vienna, WV at Jackson Memorial Park. Pictured in the Parkersburg Sentinel.

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Cover of promotional brochure to raise funds for the new pool at Jackson Memorial Park.


HISTORICAL SNAPSHOT Spencer’s Landing (Formerly the site of a Johns Manville Facility) SPENCER’S LANDING

JOHNS MANVILLE PLANT

Another one of Vienna’s parks is Spencer’s Landing. Located on a brownfield site, the former owners of the property were the manufacturing company Johns Manville. Founded in New York City, NY in 1858, the company specialized in using asbestos to manufacture fire resistant roofing and insulation. During the early 1900s, the company would branch out and begin producing other asbestos related products, such as automotive products and asbestos cement. The company would grow to become the world’s largest manufacturer of asbestos containing products. During the 1970s the adverse health effects that asbestos had on human health were recognized and the material would be labeled as a carcinogen. Its use in construction and manufacturing products would come to a halt. As a result, the Johns Manville Plant in Vienna, WV would close. Labeled as a brownfield site, the area would be remediated and awarded a certificate of completion in October 2020. Now safe for public use, the city plans to transform it into a new riverfront park, a lacking amenity within the city. This need is addressed within this Parks and Recreation masterplan through the creation of a new park concept.

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VIENNA PARKS AND RECREATION SYSTEM SNAPSHOT 7 Different Sports Can Be Played Across 25 Different Facilities

14 ACRES SPENCER’S LANDING 87 ACRES JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK

5,185 Visitors Made a Splash at the Pool During the 2020 Season

5 ACRES 1 ACRE 12TH STREET PROPERTY SPENCER PARK

291 Acres at McDonough Wildlife Refuge Give Visitors a Change to be Immersed in Nature

An Average of 1,786 Youth Participate in 9 Different Sports Annually

398 TOTAL ACRES WITHIN PARKS SYSTEM

291 ACRES MCDONOUGH WILDLIFE REFUGE 5.5 Miles of Recreational Trails Provide Exercise Opportunities

8 Rentable Picnic

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MCDONOUGH WILDLIFE REFUGE EXISTING AMENITIES • 4.25 Miles of recreational trails • 2 rentable picnic shelters • Restroom facilities • Parking DESCRIPTION McDonough Wildlife Refuge is an area of 291 acres that sits adjacent to Jackson Memorial park, along Rosemar Road. Known for natural beauty and encounters with wildlife, the Refuge serves as a local attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. The park contains approximately 4.25 miles of maintained trails, ranging in a level of difficulty from easy to moderate. These trails take visitors through the forest and past a pond, giving them the opportunity to view wildlife such as deer, squirrels, rabbits, ducks, frogs, and birds. Benches can be found along the trail, giving users an area to rest. Near the parking area are restroom facilities, along with two picnic shelters. These shelters can be rented out through the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department.

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SPENCER PARK EXISTING AMENITIES • Playground • Basketball court • Gazebo and public event space • Rentable picnic shelter • Restrooms • Parking DESCRIPTION Spencer Park is situated next to the Vienna Fire Department, at the corner of 28th Street and 8th Avenue. A 1 acre lot located within the residential neighborhoods of Vienna, the park is a favorite among community members. From live music to ice cream socials, many public events are held in the park during the summer months. The gazebo makes a great stage area, while the lawn in front is used as audience seating. In addition to entertainment for adults, playground equipment give neighborhood children a space to play close to home. A rentable picnic shelter and public restroom facility makes the location great for larger private gatherings. With activities for all ages, Spencer Park is a valuable community asset that fosters community, bringing residents closer together.

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JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK EXISTING AMENITIES • 6 Baseball/softball fields • 6 Tennis courts • 2 Basketball courts • 4 Permanent pickleball courts • 4 Temporary pickleball courts • Disk golf course • Sledding hill • Community pool • Large and small dog parks • 4 Rentable picnic shelters • Playground • Outdoor adult exercise gym • Community building • Concessions stand • Restrooms • Parking DESCRIPTION A community park offering several sports facilities, Jackson Memorial Park contains a diverse offering of programs for visitors. From sports facilities to an adult outdoor gym, there is something for a many community members. Vienna Parks and Recreation Masterplan | 2022

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JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK THE POOL The pool facility at Jackson Memorial Park is an asset that is greatly valued by the Vienna community. Designed in 1961, there has been few changes made to the facility besides regular maintenance and upkeep. Current amenities include 6 swim lanes, a water slide, two diving boards, an outdoor seating area, locker rooms, and a concessions stand. There is also a shallow wade pool that is in need of repairs in order to be functional. The facility is open to the public during the day throughout the summer for a fee. Public events are also held at the pool, including the Humane Society Dog Swim. For those wishing to hold private events, community members also have the option to rent the space for parties. While currently in use during the 2021 season, the age of the pool is showing and many repairs must be made for it to continue to be operative. Besides the needed fixes that need to be made to the wade pool, the concrete surrounding the pool is cracked and needs to be resurfaced. Additionally, the pump house is in need of repairs to be functional for future seasons. Current talks among community members and government entities debate the future of the pool. While many of the communities surrounding Vienna also have public pool facilities for use, the local residents see the Jackson Pool as an important asset that should be revitalized and maintained.

THE SPORTS FACILITIES Sports facilities make up a large portion of Jackson Memorial Park and play an important role in the community. A baseball/softball complex sits on the eastern side of the property. These fields are primarily used by local youth leagues and community use of this area is restricted. While busy during the sports season, this area sits largely unused during the other parts of the year. It is also important to note that seasonal flooding in the spring and fall impacts this portion of the park. It has been expressed that these fields are in need of upgrades, expansions, and/or alterations. Baseball and softball numbers are in decline within Vienna, which is similar to other regions across the country. Soccer is growing at a rapid pace and the number of fields to support this sport are lacking. Near the baseball complex is a newly implemented disk golf course. Community members expressed that it is a popular amenity to have. The tennis and pickleball courts are also a valuable feature and appear to be in good condition. Finally, there are 2 full basketball courts located near the playground area of Jackson Memorial Park. The surface of the courts show cracks and settling for some uneven surfaces, which needs to be addressed. 20 Inventory & Analysis


JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK THE EQUIPMENT Community members of all ages also get to enjoy a great offering of playground equipment at Jackson Memorial Park. With options such as swings, slides, a zip line, and various climbing equipment, there is a variety of activities that give kids a chance to play. Children were always seen playing on the playground during visits to the park. Perimeter seating provides a place for parents to sit and observe their children from a distance. Feedback received from community meetings and surveys illustrate that it is a valued asset to families. In addition to the playground, a sledding hill provides winter activities when weather permits. Children are not the only age group that benefit from the playground at Jackson Memorial Park. A recently added Adult Outdoor Gym provides exercise opportunities to other age groups. The equipment allow for cardio and strengthening exercises, with instructions posted at each machine to describe how to properly operate the equipment. A list of rules are posted to regulate the outdoor gym, while a security camera and 911 emergency telephone box provide additional safety measures. Conversations with community members indicate that it is a useful and valued amenity, especially with the senior center. A noted problem is unsupervised children using the equipment.

OTHER FACILITIES Jackson Memorial Park also includes restrooms and a concessions building (pictured on the top right) to support sports leagues during the weekends that they play. Operated by the city, general feedback received indicated that the facility meets the needs of the community. The concessions stand is open when games are occurring on the sports field within the park. A functional space, general maintenance improvements and upkeep may be needed to both buildings. The sledding hill is another valued amenity by the citizens of Vienna. Located near the baseball/softball fields, it provides a great space for sledding during the winter time. The addition of lighting on the hill would help to extend the hours that sledding can occur.

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SPENCER’S LANDING EXISTING AMENITIES • Gold Star Families Memorial Monument • Walking and story book path • Picnic table seating • River frontage • Parking DESCRIPTION Spencer’s Landing is located between 32nd and 28th streets, along the Ohio River. Having great riverfront access, the site sits largely undeveloped. The park is located on a remediated brownfield site. It is the location of a former Johns Manville facility and produced building insulation and roofing products. It was certified as a completed project on October 30, 2020 by the WV Department of Environmental Protection. The City of Vienna has no current water access amenities, leaving the Ohio River underutilized as a recreational resource. This gives Spencer’s Landing great potential to be developed into a waterfront park. Plans for the area have included walking trails, shelters, and water access. A grant has been received for a kayak launch but it has not yet been installed. The park currently sits largely undeveloped, with a parking lot, simple walking trail, and a Gold Star Memorial comprising the existing amenities. 22 Inventory & Analysis


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12TH STREET PROPERTY EXISTING AMENITIES • River frontage DESCRIPTION This largely vacant lot can be found at the western end of 12th street. Owned by the city of Vienna, this property houses a utility building and pump station. Another building is situated on site and is home to VIA, or Vienna Indoor Aquaculture. The premier indoor produce grower in the Mid-Ohio Valley, fresh, organic produce is grown year round and is sold to local businesses and individuals. A third building can be found on the opposite end of the area and is unused. Located along the Ohio River, this property also has the potential to be developed into a park with river access, an amenity that is lacking in the city. A closed boat ramp is situated on the northern border of the property. Use of this amenity is prohibited due to mollusk beds present in the river near the access point. A more in depth study of the river would help determine what activity is allowed to occur and where. Located near the Grand Central Mall, this ‘blank slate’ property has the potential to be transformed into a popular waterfront park.

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PEER AGENCY COMPARISON

Parkersburg, WV

Willamstown, WV

Marietta, OH

be areas of opportunity that Vienna Parks and Rec could utilize as they look to improve their facilities and programs. The below chart summarizes the findings made during this exercise.

Vienna, WV

During phases 1 and 2 of the masterplanning process, the design team investigated the parks, amenities, and attractions offered by cities surrounding Vienna. The goal was to identify amenities being missed within the region. These missing regional pieces could

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Trail Network Connecting to External Trails

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Total Number of Baseball/ Softball Fields

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Total Number of Tennis/ Pickleball Courts

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Total Number of Playgrounds

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Total Number of Shelters

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Ohio River Access

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Fishing Access

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Provides Access to Public Pool or Waterpark

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Has an Indoor Recreation Facility

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Yes

No

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Total Number of Parks

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PEER AGENCY COMPARISON

WATER SLIDE - PARKERSBURG, WV

SPLASH PAD - PARKERSBURG, WV

SKATE PARK - PARKERSBURG, WV

BOAT LAUNCH FACILITY - WILLIAMSTOWN, WV

RIVER TRAIL - MARIETTA, OH

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REGIONAL ASSET INVENTORY

The above map of the Ohio River Water Trail is from the Ohio River Water Trail informational brochure.

OHIO RIVER WATER TRAIL The Ohio River Water Trail in Parkersburg, WV is 57.7 miles and was designated as a National Recreation Trail - National Water Trail by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, David L. Bernhardt in December 2020. The trail, which borders the cities of Marietta, OH; Willamstown, WV; Vienna, WV; Parkersburg, WV; and Belpre, OH includes a main trail along the Ohio River as well as 18.1 miles along the Little Kanawha River. Many different environments can be found along the trail’s length. On the Ohio River, trail users get to see the industrial and commercial aspects that are an important part of the river’s heritage. Meanwhile, opportunities to explore tributaries, island chutes, and islands (part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge) also give a more natural, quiet experience surrounded by plants and wildlife. A biodiverse environment, nearly 200 bird species, 100 fish species, and 25 mammals can be found. The trail travels through a region rich with history and many engineering accomplishments can be seen, including railroads, dams, and locks. Canoes, river transportation, and related technology play an important part to the history of the Mid-Ohio Valley. There are currently 13 access points along the route, with half being ADA accessible. A piece in a larger system, it is hoped to eventually connect the trail from Pittsburgh, PA to Cairo Illinois. 26 Inventory & Analysis


REGIONAL ASSET INVENTORY

The above map of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge details the 22 islands that represent the park.

OHIO RIVER ISLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 22 islands and four mainland properties, all found along the Ohio River. 18 of the islands are located in West Virginia, with 4 islands found in both Kentucky and Pennsylvania. A river that has been subject to human influence via industrial expansion, dredging, and dam building, the Refuge helps to safeguard a future for wildlife over 3,400 acres of land. Restoring the river’s floodplain forest habitat and enhancing wildlife habitat is a priority within the Refuge. A biodiverse region of the United States, visitors of this park system will witness many different plant and animal species. This includes nearly 200 species of birds, such as Bald Eagles and waterfowl; mammals, such as white tailed deer and red fox; fish, including species such as small and large mouth bass and flathead catfish; and 40 species of freshwater mussels. Frogs, toads, snakes, turtles, and many insects can also be found. Visitors are welcomed to the islands, and they are open to the public one hour before until one hour after sunset. A valuable natural resource to the MOV region, this National Wildlife Refuge preserves unique features along the Ohio River and creates opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation to both residents and visitors to the area. Vienna Parks and Recreation Masterplan | 2022

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CHAPTER 03

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Community engagement is the next step in the masterplanning process as it offers community members a chance to speak up and voice their thoughts and ideas. During this phase of the project, Vienna community members were given opportunities to share information through a public input meeting and an online survey. Information previously collected by the city on ideas for Spencer’s Landing

were also considered. Gathering these opinions gives designers insight into the needs of a community and helps to located areas of opportunity. Following the collection of feedback, all information was reviewed and considered before moving on to the recommendations phase. This section further explores comments that were received and summarizes the data that has been gathered.


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SUMMARY

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Responses received for the online community input survey

Ideas shared for the development of Spencer’s Landing

IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT NEED ADDRESSED According to Vienna, WV community members

Develop Spencer’s Landing into a community park with a variety of programs Ensure ADA access in all public areas Address issues associated with the community pool at Jackson Memorial Park Sports facility improvements and upgrades Create a network of trails for biking/mountain biking Establish more trails and pedestrian connections across the city

Need for a kayak or boat launch into the Ohio River Improve security and lighting of public spaces at night

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CALL FOR INPUT ON SPENCER’S LANDING SPRING 2021 Spencer’s Landing is an underutilized riverfront park with the potential to be transformed into a great public space through the development and implementation of additional programs and public amenities. Located on a brownfield site along the Ohio River, the site is largely undeveloped. Current amenities include a walking and storybook path, a Gold Star war memorial, and some seating along the river. The city hopes to expand upon existing offerings at the park through the creation, and eventual implementation, of a park masterplan. This would capitalize on the Ohio River as a recreation resource and help imagine a space for all to enjoy. To assist with this envisioning process, the city called upon the community for support. During the spring of 2021 they posed a simple question to citizens, “What does your dream version of Spencer’s Landing look like?” Feedback received ranged from written responses describing what the future of

A CLOUD OF IDEAS

The below word cloud summarizes the ideas given by the community for Spencer’s Landing. The size of the word indicates the popularity of the idea. For example, ‘Walking

TOP PROGRAMS:

1. Walking and Running Trails (46%) 2. Boat Ramp/Kayak Launch (38%) 3. Playground (18%)

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The Gold Star Memorial, located at Spencer’s Landing, is one of the few amenities currently present on site.

Spencer’s Landing could look like and the amenities that will be offered, to sketches and reference images of possible concepts for the space. A total of 180 responses were recorded. A very helpful tool for the design process, information that was gathered during this phase would be reviewed and considered in the creation of an overall masterplan vision for the park.

and Running Trails’ was the most popular idea, with 46% of respondents recommending this program for Spencer’s Landing.

4. Riverfront Stage (18%) 5. Restrooms (18%) 6. Fishing Access (14%)

7. Concessions Area/Restaurant (14%) 8. Plant Native WV Trees (13%) 9. Improved Parking Area (12%)


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 An important part of the masterplanning process is taking the time to listen to the public and to gather general opinions and ideas of what their vision for the future looks like. A community engagement meeting was held on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at the Jackson Memorial Park Community Building. During this time, each park within the Vienna Parks and Recreation system was discussed among the 27 community members who participated. Challenges within the individual areas were brought to the attention of the design team and possible solutions were considered. A survey comprising of 11 questions was also distributed to participants, asking questions ranging from ‘What amenities do you like to use most at Vienna Parks?’ to ‘What is the biggest weakness in the Parks system?’ Between the discussion that took place during the meeting and the written responses to the survey, the design team was given an initial view at some of the challenges that the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department faced. Among the more important topics during the meeting was discussion on the future of the community pool at Jackson Memorial Park. In desperate need of repairs to be operational for the 2022 season, ideas were discussed on what the future of this area could look like.

CEC employees Jim Christe, PLA, and Andrew Gosnell take notes during a community input meeting held in the Jackson Memorial Park Community Building.

The future of Spencer’s Landing was also a pressing issue. Despite being located along the Ohio River, Vienna has very little public space that takes advantage of this natural resource. Participants during the meeting brought up the idea of having more recreational trails, a boat or kayak launch, and more. They envision a future where this space is an important outdoor location for the community. A successful meeting, the ideas and issues that were reviewed during the public session highlighted areas that the 2021 Masterplanning process should focus on and gave direction as to what the citizen of Vienna wish to accomplish during the design process.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING SURVEY RESULTS MOST POPULAR AMENITIES

50% OF RESPONDENTS ARE UNSATISFIED WITH CURRENT PARK AMENITIES

1. Trail Network 2. Sports Facilities 3. Pool AREAS TO CHANGE OR IMPROVE WITHIN THE PARK SYSTEM: 33% - DEVELOP RIVERFRONT FOR RECREATION

13% - IMPROVE COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND PARTICIPATION

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ONLINE COMMUNITY SURVEY OCTOBER 2021 In order to give a greater number of community members a chance to have their voices be heard an online survey was created and shared with the citizens of Vienna. Comprised of 16 questions, the poll asked for feedback related park popularity and uses, areas for opportunity and improvements, and what the parks and recreation department’s priorities should be as they plan for the future. A total of 284 responses were recorded. A general theme that could be seen was a need for a new community pool, upgrades and additions to the existing sports amenities, a call for the creation of a trail network for both walking and biking, and increased safety and lighting within the existing parks. The feedback that was received

The ball field complex at Jackson Memorial Park are shown above. Many survey respondents indicated that the facility was is in need of upgrades and improvements.

during this phase of the masterplanning process was reviewed and considered during the Recommendations phase of the project.

FAVORITE VIENNA PARKS

TRANSPORTATION

1. McDonough Wildlife Refuge (44%) 2. Jackson Memorial Park (42%) 3. Spencer’s Landing (10%) 4. Spencer Park (4%)

95% of survey respondents indicated that they drive to one of Vienna’s parks, followed by walking (40%) and biking (16%) A place to exercise (5%) A place to gather with family, friends, or neighbors (7%)

A place to play or take kids to play (34%)

A place to participate in or watch sports (12%)

WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING IS MOST IMPORTANT TO HAVE CLOSE TO HOME?

A place to relax or enjoy the outdoors (20%)

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A trail to walk, run, or bike (21%)


WHAT ADDITIONAL AMENITIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ADDED TO VIENNA PARKS AND RECREATION?

Improved sidewalks and connectivity across town, the creation of a trail network for pedestrians and bikers (26%)

Boat and kayak launch, more programs along the Ohio River (19%)

Pool upgrades, including a splash pad of kiddie pool (12%)

WHAT AMENITIES OFFERED BY VIENNA PARKS AND RECREATION SHOULD RECEIVE THE MOST ATTENTION?

Upgrades to existing sports facilities and a more variety of sports offerings (14%)

Additional seating areas and picnic shelters (8%)

WHAT SHOULD THE TOP 5 GOALS BE FOR VIENNA PARKS AND RECREATION MOVING FORWARD?

1. Pool (42%)

1. Pool (36%)

2. Sports facilities and amenities (21%)

2. Improved trails and connections across town for both walking and biking (24%)

3. Spencer’s Landing development and improvements (19%)

3. Develop Spencer’s Landing (18%)

4. McDonough Wildlife Refuge (19%)

4. Increased security and park lighting (16%)

5. City plagrounds and youth programs (13%)

5. Sports facility upgrades and improvements (16%)

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CHAPTER 04

RECOMMENDATIONS Following information gathered and observations made during the inventory and analysis phase, peer agency study, and community input, the design team put together a series of recommendations

for each park. These new concepts aim to improve existing facilities and implement new attractions to allow the parks remain relevant into the future.


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JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS Jackson Memorial Park is a space that is found at the heart of the Vienna community. Providing a diverse range of programs and amenities for park users, the design team felt that this area was already a strong asset to the city. Feedback gathered during the community engagement phase of the masterplanning process confirmed this observation. There is an activity for a variety of users within the park and public opinion indicated

that it is considered to be a popular. The design team recognizes the importance of Jackson Memorial Park. The recommendations for improvement will enhance and add value to current facilities. Concepts that are presented in the following pages suggest improvements to existing facilities to modernize public amenities in a way that follow both local and national trends in parks and recreation.

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JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS In general, Jackson Memorial Park is a well maintained community asset with playgrounds, a pool, and a variety of sports facilities. Around the playground area of the park, the design team sees opportunities for improvement that focus mainly on the topics of connectivity and accessibility. The space would also benefit from additional seating, bike racks, and basketball court resurfacing. The recommended areas for improvement are: PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES The current pedestrian circulation path within the space utilizes 3 bridges to cross Pond Run, which divides the playground area. These bridges are not ADA compliant and pose safety risks to the public. To ensure a safe crossing of the stream. It is recommended that these crossings be replaced and follow current ADA guidelines.

The above picture shows one of the three pedestrian bridges within Jackson Memorial Park that need upgrades to become ADA compliant.

of Vienna to Jackson Park. This path, however, does not continue into the park. It is recommended to carry this across the road and into Jackson Memorial Park to complete connectivity.

SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS Portions of the existing sidewalk are cracked and uneven, creating a safety hazard to those who walk on them. It is recommended that this is addressed by replacing these walkways.

NEW CONCRETE SIDEWALK Disconnectivity is an issue that can be seen within the sidewalks connecting the playground area. It is recommended that this is addressed and new sidewalk added that ties into the existing paths to create a complete sidewalk network.

NEW ASPHALT PATH Adjacent to the community building is a neighborhood path that connects residential areas

PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS By stripping and reorganizing existing parking lots, capacity will be expanded to fit more vehicles.

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JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS Built in 1961, the Jackson Memorial Park pool was a good investment for the community. It has served many generations over the years. Discussions with community members have indicated that residents have fond memories of the facility. With several pressing maintenance issues that can no longer be easily repaired, it is time to update the amenity and modernize its features. To accomplish this, the design team has come up with two concepts for the existing pool site and considered moving the pool to a new location. All three design options will work well for the community, providing flexibility and choices for the city of Vienna. As the city moves forward with their plans for the pool, it is recommended that they work with a pool designer to create a final design. CONCEPT A The first concept, shown on the top right page, is the most economical. It utilizes the existing pool in its current layout. The existing facilities and concessions building is in good condition and it is recommended that the building remains so that there are more resources for the rest of the project. Within concept A, the deck area is expanded and includes a splashpad, shaded seating areas, and expanded lounge chair areas around the pool. Due to a smaller percentage of users, it is recommended that the diving boards are removed. Water slides and an aquatic

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climbing wall are suggested to take their place. The pump house needs to be completely demolished and rebuilt to current standards. This concept shifts the building out of the pool deck area, allowing for more space around the pool. Rentable cabanas are added to the facility, creating extra space and shade for large families or groups. This also provides an additional revenue stream for the Parks and Recreation Department. The shade structure around the eating area at the concessions building is also updated. Concept A will require the pool to be out of commission for one season while improvements take place. CONCEPT B Concept B utilizes the existing pool facility footprint, but proposes a complete redesign of the pool area. Similar to concept A, it is recommended that the facility and concessions building remains, along with rebuilding and relocating of the pump house. The proposed shade structures and cabanas also remain similar. Concept B differs from Concept A as the pool area is revisioned. In concept B, 2 separate pools are created. On one side, a lap pool forms a functional space with opportunities for play elements, such as floating soft play features. On the other side of the facility is a zero entry play pool, which includes a water slide and aquatic climbing wall. To include elements for all ages, a small splash pad is also located near the play pool. Separating the different areas, as shown in the concept plan, create functional multi-user areas and lounge chair space. This option will also require the facility to be closed for one season.

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JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS WATERPARK The third pool concept explored by the design team was the creation of a new and relocated pool facility in the form of a waterpark. This concept takes advantage of underutilized land adjacent to the community building in Jackson Memorial Park. In addition, the selected site is found outside of the Pond Run 100-year floodplain and the proposed design will have no impact on it. With the waterpark concept, Vienna Parks and Recreation will not only expand the pool amenities offered to the public, but it will also allow the existing pool to remain open through a phased approach to construction. This new facility concept includes modern updated elements, such as a zero entry pool, lap pool, and an aquatic adventure zone, which includes a slide tower. The design also allows for a new and updated facilities and concessions building. An additional expansion opportunity includes a splash pad. Rentable pavilions and cabanas create numerous income opportunities for the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department. Adding a pool facility in a new location requires additional parking. To address this issue, the design team created a parking lot in the location of the current community building. A safe pedestrian crossing

is created across 34th Street through the use of traffic calming device called speed tables. This strategy allows the community center facility to be relocated elsewhere in the park in a new and expanded facility.

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PUBLIC POOL - LAKE MONTICELLO, VA

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JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS NEW COMMUNITY CENTER FACILITY The new community center facility at Jackson Memorial Park utilizes the existing pool property and parking to create a new community asset. The building is multi-use and includes meeting space, restrooms, the Parks and Recreation Department headquarters, and space for sports and events. The indoor facility shown can be phased over time. The illustration shown represents 3 indoor basketball courts along with the community center. This allows for additional programed elements outside of the building, such as sidewalks and a playground. Located across the street from Jackson Middle School, this center will be able to provide additional resources for students though new programming opportunities. If the city of Vienna decides to utilize the existing pool site for the new pool facility, consider constructing a new community center at the location of the existing facility.

PHASING The creation of the new waterpark, parking lot, and community center would be a connected process. Each construction project can be phased over time, allowing each facility to operate without losing a season of recreation or meeting space.

DESIGN REFERENCE IMAGES

SENECA ALLEGANY COMMUNITY CENTER - SALAMANCA, NY

JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV COMMUNITY CENTER

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JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS SPORTS COMPLEX AREA The sports complex at Jackson Memorial Park is a great facility that has served the community well for decades. Research, Vienna’s sports teams player numbers, and national sporting trends has led the design team to recommend a few changes to the existing facility. There is currently no multi-purpose turf field in Vienna. To better utilize the facility during all seasons, and address unfavorable field conditions at specific times of the year, the proposed concept converts the largest baseball/ softball field into a turf field stripped for multiple sports and age groups. Vienna’s team numbers show that there are too many softball/baseball fields and not enough soccer fields. The design team recommends converting 2 of the softball/baseball fields into 1 multi-purpose grass field. This reorganization of the space allows for an appropriate number of fields per sport. A playground was also added on each side of the road to accommodate families and provide entertainment for younger children during game days. The plan shown is just one example of the many ways this area can be designed. A unique asset for the city of Vienna, the existing sledding hill allows for minimal, seasonal use. To expand

upon this concept, it is recommended that the amenity becomes a 4-season sled hill that will create additional revenue for the Parks and Recreation Department and become a regional attraction. This will involve the installation of SnowFlex technology that allows for winter sports and entertainment to take place no matter the weather. Additional phased elements to the SnowFlex attraction would be rentable pavilions and a concessions facility. If the 4-season sled hill is not chosen, the community should at least consider making minor improvements to the facility. These would include using a fence to define the boundary of the sledding area, constructing a path with railing to assist users climbing to the top of the slope, and designating a sitting area protected from sled riders for those who are watching the hill. Finally, the design team sees opportunities to improve user access to the site. Rosemar Road creates a pedestrian barrier between Jackson Memorial Park and the McDonough Wildlife Refuge. To address this issue, the design team recommends creating a box culvert underpass that allows for safe passage between the two parks will also permitting current drainage patterns to still take place. Parking is another opportunity for improvement. These areas should be paved and striped to reorganize the parking facilities to keep up with demand, organization, and safety of the public.

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SNOWFLEX ALL-SEASON TUBING HILL - BRANSON, MISSOURI

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MCDONOUGH WILDLIFE REFUGE DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS One of the biggest constraints that the design team sees for the McDonough Wildlife Refuge is pedestrian access. With Rosemar Road to the west, there is no safe way to access the site except by vehicle. To address this issue, as mentioned in the concept for Jackson Memorial Park’s Sports Complex, the design team recommends a box culvert underpass to be installed under Rosemar Road. This will allow pedestrians to cross between the two parks safely. Within the Wildlife Refuge, the design team sees a great opportunity for the creation of a designated mountain bike area. With a nationwide trend in the use of electric bikes and mountain bikes, and with the presence of NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) in the region, this opportunity needs to be considered. Utilizing the parking lot and valley in the southern portion of the Wildlife Refuge, the recommended concept creates 3.5 miles of mountain bike trails. These trails will be separate from the hiking trails and a variety of terrain will allow for

many experience levels, from beginners to experts. To make room for this concept, approximately 1.5 miles of hiking trails are relocated into other underutilized ares of the Refuge. If and when the popularity of the mountain biking sport declines, these designated bike trails can be converted into additional hiking paths with relative ease. Community feedback indicated that there was a desire for an observation platform to be located within the park. The below concept situates this feature on the northern half of the area. Located on one of the tallest peaks in the park, the tower will look out over the valley and offer users great natural views. At nighttime, this feature can also be used for stargazing events. With most trails leading to this designated area, the observation tower will be a program that park users will be curious to explore.

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SPENCER PARK DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS A great pocket park within the residential community of Vienna, the design team views Spencer Park as a great neighborhood asset. The only area of weakness that was identified was the playground and basketball area. The current design is disconnected and not a feature that all user groups may be able to use. Being that this is one of the only parks located directly within a residential community, the playground area should be a space that all people of all abilities are able to play. Because of this, the existing program was seen as an opportunity to create an all inclusive playground space. Forming one area that is completely connected using a pour in place rubberized surface, all inclusive playground elements can be arranged to design a space where any user can have fun. In addition, the basketball court has the opportunity to be made into a bankshot court. This allows users of any ability to participate in the sport. Adding an inclusive playground inside Spencer Park will only add to its value as a community asset.

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SPENCER’S LANDING DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS The design concept for Spencer’s Landing takes the current, largely vacant space and transforms it into a diverse riverfront park with programming for all community members. It gives citizens of Vienna access to the Ohio River, a great natural recreation resource, and aims to support the local sports leagues through the addition of multi purpose soccer fields. The community of Vienna is further supported through the design by creating spaces to host public events. Boat launches and docks to the western edge of the site allows for visitors to launch boats and kayaks into the river. This access allows visitors to participate in aquatic recreation, such as the Ohio River Water Trail. Opportunities for fishing are also provided through fishing platforms. An event stage takes advantage of the natural views that are provided by the Ohio River, and is situated in the NW corner of the site. Seating for audiences is available in the lawn in front of the stage. Surrounding this greenspace area is a loop trail, which gives recreation opportunities along the shoreline. Additional seating is available along the water to highlight the scenic beauty that the River provides. The other side of the new Spencer’s Landing concept features 3 U12 sized soccer fields. During the community engagement phase of the project, it was

indicated that the community had a need for soccer fields. The new design for Spencer’s Landing address this need. Next to the fields, a plaza area features a building with restrooms and concessions. Multipurpose in function, the plaza can also become an area for public events, such as farmers markets and festivals. A pull up/drop off loop allows for parking for food trucks during such events. Next to the plaza area, younger family members will be able to have a great time in the playground and splashpad. Lastly, during the design process it was determined that the Gold Star Memorial should be relocated to best utilize the site and to preserve the memorial’s significance. In this concept, the monument was shifted southwest on the site, near the parking lot. Here it serves as a threshold between the parking lot and open greenspace while taking advantage of the scenic river views. To further emphasize the monument, planting beds are designed around the feature and contain native planting to best highlight the Gold Star Memorial. All planting within the park will be native and labeled, to create an educational aspect for the community. Interpretive signage can also be placed along the walking trail throughout the park and describe significant aspect of the local region, from the role the Ohio River played in industrialization of the region to why wetlands are important to our communities.

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PALATINE PARK STAGE, FAIRMONT, WV

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PROJECT PRIORITIES Following the presentation of this Parks and Recreation masterplan to the City of Vienna’s City Council, a list of priority projects was compiled using feedback received from both City Council members and the Parks and Recreation Board of Directors.

VIENNA PARKS AND RECREATION 2022 MASTERPLAN LIST OF TOP 5 PROJECT PRIORITIES 1.

Jackson Memorial Park Pool improvements and upgrades

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Field improvements at Jackson Memorial Park’s Sports Complex

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CHAPTER 05

FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS


VIENNA PARK CONNECTIVITY CORRIDOR FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS Accessibility and connectivity are crucial components to a park and recreation system. While studying Vienna’s parks, it was quickly realized that the pedestrian corridors lacked proper connectivity. A future connectivity study is recommended to create a corridor that will connect to each of the City’s Parks. This corridor begins at McDonough Wildlife Refuge on the eastern terminus of the corridor and crosses under Rosemar Road utilizing the proposed underpass. This marks the beginning of a safe pedestrian corridor. Once in Jackson Memorial Park, the corridor follows the existing paved trail, traveling past the sledding hill and over the ridge to the playground and pool area near Jackson Middle School. From this point, the corridor will head south along Pond Run’s existing community trail until reaching the corner of 30th Street and 10th Avenue. The corridor will continue south on 10th Avenue until reaching 28th Street and then head west. The pedestrian corridor will continue on the north side of 28th Street by utilizing the location of the existing curb and sidewalk to create an 8’ wide Shared Use Path. As this corridor is in an existing neighborhood, the study will review and

recommend the type of Shared Use path which include options of sidewalk, paved pathways and/or bicycle/ pedestrian lanes. Along this path, users will have a direct connection to Spencer Park. The corridor continues past the Fire Station at Spencer Park until reaching Grand Central Avenue. This intersection is an important element for the feature as it has an existing traffic light with an official pedestrian crossing, assisting in creating a safe route for users. After crossing Grand Central Avenue, the corridor continues west until reaching River Road. At this point, it crosses the road and heads north approximately 350’ until reaching the entrance to Spencer Landing. The connectivity corridor will be approximately 2 miles long and connect each of Vienna’s Parks, thus forming a safe and effective corridor for the community. To further pedestrian safety, it is suggested that the connectivity study include sidewalk evaluations to the north and south of the corridor to allow for safe passage for users traveling from residential neighborhoods to the greater Vienna Park and Rec system’s connectivity corridor.

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VIENNA SIDEWALK AND CONNECTIONS STUDY FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS Below you will find some examples of the existing conditions in the neighborhoods adjacent to Jackson Memorial Park. The design team observed area streets with no sidewalks and/or narrow sidewalks with badly deteriorating concrete. The two examples below are on 34th Street intersections and one of the major routes to Jackson Memorial Park.

Connectivity can take on many forms such as: - Concrete Sidewalks (4’ width typical) - Asphalt Shared Use Paths (6’-1’ width typical) - Bicycle/Pedestrian Lanes (utilizing existing road ROW’s)

INTERSECTION OF 34TH ST. AND 8TH AVE, LOOKING EAST DOWN 34TH ST.

INTERSECTION OF 34TH ST. AND 8TH AVE, LOOKING SOUTH DOWN 8TH AVE.

SOME RESIDENTIAL STREETS HAVE SIDEWALKS IN NEED OF IMPROVEMENTS

OTHER RESIDENTIAL STREETS LACK SIDEWALKS ALTOGETHER

EXAMPLE TO DESIGNATE PEDESTRIAN AND BIKE LANES ON A SHARED USE PATH

SIGNAGE HELPS CONVEY INFORMATION ON PATH USE TO PEDESTRIANS

EXAMPLE OF A SHARED USE PATH ALONGSIDE A ROAD, AS PROPOSED BY THE VIENNA PARK CONNECTIVITY CORRIDOR.

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12TH STREET PROPERTY FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS DR. ANNS

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The 12th Street property has value for additional park amenities. It is currently an underutilized property with approximately 600 LF of Ohio River Frontage. It was determined within this study that the needs of the community will be achieved within the existing park system. Therefore, the 12th Street property was not considered for current expansion efforts. However opportunities were seen to add a soft launch boat ramp and associated parking. A soft launch boat ramp would compliment the proposed soft launch boat ramp a Spencer’s Landing and allow for a one mile water trail between the two parks. In addition, it will allow for users to paddle approximately 500’ to Neal Island for exploring the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is recommended that the City consider this property for river access and reevaluate the remaining land in the future after multiple years of river access use. It was also discussed that the 12th Street property can become a site for adventure sports, such as kayaking, pump tracks, BMX, climbing walls, etc. This is something that needs additional evaluation for costs and return.

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SOFT LAUNCH EXAMPLE 1

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SOFT LAUNCH EXAMPLE 3

RESTROOM FACILITIES

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