Zehren and Associates was retained by the City of Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department to prepare a master plan for improving the historic Sayre Park. The park is located centrally near downtown Glenwood Springs, and is the site of the Strawberry Days Festival, the longest running community celebration west of the Mississippi, in its 122nd year in 2019. The master plan effort included a robust community engagement process including stakeholder and community engagement meetings, a survey questionnaire, one-on-one focused interviews with representatives of community organizations, sports, recreation clubs and leagues.
The community engagement process was precedent setting for the City of Glenwood, and deliberately structured to be repeated when other parks and recreation facilities undergo planning and design improvements. The Master Plan process resulted in a preferred Concept Plan with an associated cost estimate that is being used by the City to prioritize phased park improvements to respond to the community feedback and input. Improvements include accessible routes, renovated sports courts, a new historic recognition area, a new accessible playground, and landscape and signage improvements.