Additionally, park design consultant Lose & Associates provided an updated opinion of probable cost for the proposed West Side Park.
The meeting was scheduled to review changes requested by the task force during a similar meeting Aug. 8. As designed, the proposed park will include pathways, pavilions, restrooms, a central water feature and an inclusive playground, as well as an event space, food truck plaza and dog parks for large and small dogs.
“The revised plans look great,” said Amber Hurdle, task force vice chair. “Last month, I was concerned that park elements, which many Lebanon residents who came to our public meeting had indicated are a high priority, had been reconsidered due to budgetary concerns. I feel it is my responsibility to advocate for those residents and ensure our new park is one we can all be proud of. I believe the plans I saw [Thursday night] accomplish that goal.”
T.O. Cragwall, a task force member agreed with Hurdle and said, “We had a little bit of work to do after last month’s meeting, but I am pleased by what I saw [Thursday night]. We really only have one opportunity to get this park right, and I am comfortable we are on the right track now.”
“I am very pleased with the final design,” said Jeni Lind Brinkman, oversight task force chair. “The final plans reflect our key themes of connection and sustainable design, highlighting the natural elements of the topography and incorporating activities for all ages and levels. I believe this park will be an incredible addition to the city and am proud of the Task Force’s role in making this new park a reality.”
The design development phase plans will be sent to the Lebanon City Council for approval to proceed to the construction document phase. Once completed, the construction documents will be used to solicit bids for the project.