The Park Board led, public planning process to design an attractive and functional pedestrian entrance into the recreation area - a community connection – has resulted in the creation of a final concept design that best meets the purpose and needs of the project:
- Improve pedestrian access
- Enhance community engagement;
- Engineer storm water management; and
- Create the first section of a waterfront walk around the western harbor.
With help from SEH engineers and landscape architects, several ideas and concepts have been refined into one working plan that includes barrier free access and “curb appeal” visibility from the Hwy. 61 corridor. Strom water management stabilizes the site and slows, filters and captures upstream sediment. A central gathering area with public fire pit accentuates this area as a pocket park for both local and visitor use. Final Concept Design
Currently, the Park Board is in the process of landscape material selection. The design of the pedestrian bridge is being finalized; a covered, timber-framed bridge will be build by local high school students partaking in a North House Folk School industrial arts class. Together with the community, we are excited to move this connection forward and finish most of the initial construction work this spring.
The Master Plan
The Community Connection project is a result of the Master Plan, a living document designed to guide planning and development of the Recreation Area. Goals and policies of the Master Plan provide a framework for policy level decision making. The visionary, aerial site map of the parkland depicts broad concepts for land use.
You can view a copy of the Master Plan recommended by the Park Board in September, 2009, the Goals and Policies and FAQs.
All of the above links connect to pdfs.