Mountain Ridge Park
Background & Current Status
Mountain Ridge Park is a 17 acre parcel of property located west of Mountain Ridge Junior High. For some time, City Council has been looking into the possibility of selling a portion of some of the Spring Creek Park land (located at 10029 North 6300 West) and using the proceeds of the sale to begin to develop Mountain Ridge Park.
In January 2019, City Council approved a Master Plan for the park which included an asphalt parking lot, 27-court pickleball complex, 2 multi-use fields, an all abilities playground, a pavilion, restrooms, and walking trails. In April 2019, due to feedback from the Resident Survey and Open Houses, construction costs, and other information, City Council voted to revise the Master Plan. The new plan will be based off of the Resident Survey and Open House feedback. The amended plan will be brought back to a future Council Meeting and public Open House.
Process to This Point
On October 16, 2018, City Council voted to take 60% of the proceeds from the Spring Creek Park sale and put it towards Mountain Ridge Park. They further voted that the park would be built in phases with phase 1 to include pickleball courts, a parking lot, and restrooms with the goal of completion of August 1, 2019.
On October 16, the Council also voted to create a Mountain Ridge Park Board which is comprised of 7 residents of Highland and whose purpose will be to submit for approval to City Council amenities to be included in the park, usage policies and fees, and sponsorship packages. In addition, the Board will identify options for managing the park following construction.
On November 13, the Council approved the design contract for Mountain Ridge Park. Council also voted to surplus the Spring Creek Park property.
On November 15, the Council held an Open House to display the preliminary design and garner feedback. See more information below.
On November 20, City Council met to discuss the feedback from the Open House as well as preliminary costs and potential revenue for park alternatives.
On January 8, City Council approved the Final Master Plan and directed staff to begin construction drawings.
On January 22, City Council approved the sale of Spring Creek parkland.
On January 24, the City Council held an Open House on the Master Plan Design. See more information below.
On January 29, the Planning Commission decided to postpone their decision on the Conditional Use Permit for the Park until a sound study and traffic study could be completed.
On March 5, Councilmember Braithwaite reported on the fundraising amounts to this point. The Foundation has raised approximately $24,000 in cash, $407,000 in non-cash contributions, and $225,000 in tentative donations. The majority of the funds had been committed to the construction of the 27 court pickleball complex.
On March 19, City Staff presented results of the 2019 Resident Survey which had two questions on it related to the park.
- 62% of respondents said they did not want to see large sports tournaments in Highland.
- In terms of what recreation elements people want to see in parks, the top answers were: 32% for walking paths; 28% for general playground equipment; 25% for an all abilities playground; 24% fo ropen fields for soccer, football, or other use; and 17% for pickleball courts.
On April 2, City Council voted to amend the Master Plan based off of the feedback gathered from the Open Houses and Resident Survey. The amended plan will be brought back to a future council Meeting and Open House. The Council also voted to approve the conditional use permit for Spring Creek Park. Staff will now work with the applicant through the design and engineering process.
Find Out More
- October 16, 2018 - Council Meeting Agenda, Audio, and Minutes
- November 13, 2018 - Council Meeting Agenda, Audio, and Minutes
- November 15, 2018 - Park Open House
- November 20, 2018 - Council Work Session Agenda, Audio, and Minutes
- January 8, 2019 - Council Meeting Agenda, Audio, and Minutes
- January 22, 2019 - Council Meeting, Agenda, Audio, and Minutes
- January 24, 2019 - Master Plan Design Open House
- January 29, 2019 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda, Audio, and Minutes
- March 5, 2019 - Council Meeting, Agenda, Audio, and Minutes
- April 2, 2019 - Council Meeting, Agenda, Audio, and Minutes (when available)
- To be decided - City Council Meeting with review of the amended Master Plan for Mountain Ridge Park
- To be decided - Open House on amended Master Plan for Mountain Ridge Park
Let the City know your thoughts by attending the next public meeting. In the meantime, you can reach out the Mayor and City Council. You can email them all or check out their individual contact information.
The Highland City Foundation is raising money for this project. You can donate with: