City Council approved the purchase of 6.63 acres along the northern downtown riverfront for a public park for $3.9 million (plus $200,000 contingency). The park will be paid for with a combination of funds from the city’s saving account and monies left over from completed capital projects.
The placement of a public park along the riverfront is consistent with the Vision 2020 Downtown Plan, which states: “The lack of downtown parks and open space has a critical impact on the urban environment. Without inviting recreation opportunities or public gathering places, the reasons for visiting or staying downtown are reduced for both local residents and tourists.”
See the presentation that shows examples of waterfront/downtown parks in other cities.
Watch the presentation at the City Council meeting.