A fundraising campaign for this park will be initiated by members of the partnership to fully fund the construction of the park. At this time, more than $600,000 is available to start the first phase of the park.
Currently, the area is a blank slate. The city's community garden is there, and an updated version is included in the new plans. Thompson said the difference between the park and others is it's purpose. The park is a health park. The theme is to provide a venue for local schools, the parks department, and other agencies to educate the public, especially young people, about proper diet and exercise.
Plans include an open field, a third of a mile walking trail, an inclusive playground, a spray pad and outdoor performance area, outdoor fitness equipment, and picnic areas.
In the future there would be public restrooms, and the end of the park facing MLK Drive would include retail and professional office space for medical clinics and related agencies with upper-story living.
The engineering design for the park should be complete next spring, with the first phase of construction expected to begin in the summer of 2016.
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