A conceptual design has been completed for the planned remodeling of the Columbus Square Park, which would include a much larger dog run, more green space and a smaller athletic field.
Check it out.
Highlights of the redesign of the park, which takes up the entire block bounded by 12th, 13th, Wharton and Reed streets, also include:
- a redesigned “patio” area along 13th Street
- paths that would connect all corners of the park
- a shorter fence around the field, which would be reduced by about 25 percent
- a redesigned water feature with a timer in the playground area
- refurbished surfacing in the play areas
- larger dog runs with anti-bacterial “K-9 grass” for small and large dogs with separate entrances
- an open lawn on the Reed Street side
- sprucing up the rec center on the northeast corner
The Community Design Collaborative, which awarded the Columbus Square Advisory Council a grant for its design services last March, estimated that the project would cost about $2.8 million.
The underused storage building near the current dog park, aka the roundhouse, would be demolished to make way for an improved public entrance at 12th and Reed. They had explored turning it into a concession stand but apparently it turned out to not be feasible.
Ilene Wilder, president of the advisory council’s board, said the project has “personified the mission of the Community Design Collaborative: to bring community together through design.”
“We had a great deal of input from our community and the Parks and Recreation Department was open to listening and collaborating with the community,” Wilder said. “In the end, together we created a beautiful community space that has a little something for everyone. It’s a project everyone can be proud of.”
Wilder said she worked closely with Mark Focht, the first deputy commissioner of the city Parks and Rec Department, who has been the city liaison on the project. Now, they are collaborating to schedule a date for an official reveal. We’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, what do you think?