An extensive and creative public engagement process for the Downtown Park Master Plan involved more than 2,000 kids and adults. Visitors to the site were invited to “Claim a Stake” in Downtown Park. More than 1,000 suggestions were written onto tags and staked within the park in a colorful art installation.
Downtown Park is entering the last of three steps needed to create Downtown Park. Funding has been identified so that the entire project can be built in a single construction effort. Each phase of the project is described below:
The planning phase explored options for the park with the community and developed a preferred concept, based on the public preference. This planning phase resulted in a Master Plan that has been used to guide the design process. The Master Plan was adopted by City Council in April 2015.
The design phase was completed in December 2016. Detailed design plans and construction documents were prepared, based on the selected Master Plan Concept.
Construction: CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AWARDED
The project was advertised for bid in January 2017. A construction contract was awarded by City Council in March 2017, with construction beginning by June 2017. The park will be complete in summer 2018.
- May 10, 2017 (6 p.m.) - Groundbreaking Event: Join the Mayor, City Council, and members of the Parks and Trails Commission and Arts and Culture Commission as the first shovel is turned to make way for Downtown Park.
- Summer 2018 - Grand Opening Celebration: A community gathering to celebrate the opening of Downtown Park will be scheduled. Details of the celebration to be determined.