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Thorpe Park design to be discussed at community meeting on Saturday | Local

The second on-site design session to publicly discuss the future of the Thorpe Park annex plot is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m.June 11, at 192 N. Thorpe Road. The event will be hosted by the City of Flagstaff and its collaborating partners Wheat Design Group and Southwest Decision Resources.

Val’s Frybread will have a food truck present. Participants will be invited to review and provide feedback on potential park designs.

Saturday’s meeting will review the results of the “Build-a-Park” exercise that community members engaged in during the previous design session on April 30. The exercise asked community members to collaboratively arrange potential park amenities on a plot boundary map. This has proven controversial at times, demonstrating the various competing interests the community hopes to see actualized in the new park design. Some of the more prominent and “controversial” amenities discussed included affordable housing, Indigenous community spaces and pickleball courts.

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At the end of the April 30 exercise, park designers took photos of the collaboratively built parks along with participant feedback and distilled this information into a limited number of designs.

“There will be three designs that, to the best of our ability, represent what we’ve heard from the community,” said Andi Rogers, senior program associate at Southwest Decision Resources.

Attendees of Saturday’s event will be asked to rate each of the proposed designs and have the opportunity to submit further comments that will help the park’s designers refine the design.

“I assume the final design will be a combination of elements from these three designs,” Rogers said, adding that the next session will focus on “refining” the designs from community feedback.

Those unable to attend Saturday’s meeting will have the opportunity to review designs and submit feedback virtually through a website that will go live after the meeting. More information can be found at www.thorpecommunityinvolvement.com.