Advisory Group to Community Land Solutions and the Edge
Summary of 18 August 2020 Meeting
The Advisory group met on Tuesday (8/18) to continue work on a solution for the Property. In attendance from CLS were Matt Shearer and Mike Hare. John Ealy, Joe Gadzik, Beth Gadzik, Andy Fischer, Paul Keck, John Gambadoro, Richard Lake, John Rucker, Greg & Sandy Peterson and Neftali Rivera each attended. Christie Ellis and John Perkins were unable to attend. Tim McGough, RLA, ASLA Founder and President McGough Group and Paul Moroz were in Guest Attendees.
The Group approved the Summary of the meeting held 4 August 2020.
The Group approved the revised Timeline.
The Group discussed the shared Drop Box and alternate Funding Methods including those that might assist ongoing Maintenance.
First Initial Design and Concepts for The Park at Club West
Tim McGough, RLA, ASLA presented the First Initial Design. New amenities were added and some were removed. The design adhered to the Desert park concept. A lengthy discussion ensued in regards to the terrain, vegetation and maintenance.
Elevations showed what that terrain would look like. Concepts such as extending the surrounding desert into the property and assuring the result does not resemble a golf course that had become overgrown or converted to a park were generally agreed upon. The plan uses extensive contouring to break up distances and add flow to sight lines. The methods employed add appeal to the eye and the Group agreed that was an improvement.
For purposes of conserving funds and minimizing weed propagation, a planting method has been favored over hydro seeding. Mr. McGough reviewed and listed the native plants to be utilized and agreed to circulate a “pallette” which would also be posted to www.TheParkAtClubWest.com. The types of wildlife that each plant attracted were briefly discussed with hummingbirds, butterflies and owls among them. The Wooly Butterfly Bush was noted to attract butterflies. No plant is believed to be an attractant to any undesirable species. As most native plants propagate fairly rapidly, it was determined that the vegetation should be installed in a manner to allow natural growth and re-population. Irrigation where required would be minimal, temporary, biodegradable and decommissioned after 1-2 years.
Maintenance was discussed at length. A primary goal is to keep maintenance at a minimum. Weed control is of major importance. The impossibility of permanent weed control was discussed and both proactive and on-going control methods were outlined. Non-chemical pre-emergents were discussed as well as other control methods. Most, if not all, plants, trees and shrubs cataloged for the park naturally maintain themselves and do not require trimming or pruning. Mr. McGough explained that unnatural pruning and water sources are usually what causes trees to topple.
The discussion was very aware of the needs to keep maintenance to a minimum while building a beautiful, natural and beneficial setting. The Group addressed an overflow parking lot adjacent to the current HOA clubhouse and park. CLS agreed and will work on alternatives. Parking and general access were discussed and not resolved at this time. Amenity preferences, benefits and usage were again referred to as something best put to a survey of the Homeowners.
Sense of Arrival
Several concepts were discussed with the intent of creating a dramatic presentation of the community park. This will be on-going and may include seasonal differences such a large holiday decoration that might extend the concept of the Festival of Lights into the Club West neighborhood.
The Group inquired about the necessary budget and was provided a ballpark figure for conversion of that land that no one found objectionable. The land includes 2,400,000 square feet.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.