Jamie Sabbach walks Salida community members through the master plan’s second session.

The Salida community was welcomed to attend the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) Master Planning session on Thursday, July 11 to give citizen input regarding future improvements to Marvin and Centennial Parks.

This gathering was the second of six community gatherings that will take place through the fall. The intention of the meeting was to help determine what amenities are of interest to the community for Marvin Park and Centennial Park.

Chris Hice, senior project manager at Kimley-Horn and Jamie Sabbach, president & CEO of 110 Percent, project managers in the PROST plan, greeted the community members and explained how the evening would function.

Open House for Community Input in PROST Master Plan.

As the citizens were greeted, they were presented with 10 poker chips that were to be divided between jars with the amenities felt to be a necessity at each park. Sabbach instructed community members to “think of [the] poker chips like tax dollars.” She asked, “Where do you think your money should be spent within the parks?”

In addition to the visual created by the poker chips, community members were handed one red and blue colored sticker sheet with a sort of amenities that have been proposed in previous community meetings plus any other suggested amenities.

Poker chips in amenity proposals for Marvin and Centennial Parks. (Photos by Taylor Sumners)

Sabbach and Hice instructed the participating guests to select the sticker of the amenities that they found to be of benefit to each park and place them on large maps of the parks.

Marvin and Centennial Park maps were also accompanied by a map of the Vandaveer property.  Here, community interest was gathered about the possibility of placing a softball or baseball field on the space. The date for the next community gathering in this series has not yet been released.