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Plan Our Park Committee announces expanded park footprint option and public meetings

Plan Our Park logoThe Plan Our Park Committee announces a privately negotiated option to purchase land and property between the park adjacent to the Turner Pavilion and the Harrisonburg Baptist Church parking lot. This option presents the potential to create a downtown park of approximately 4.56 acres with attractive design features and a wide variety of uses, including an expanded farmers market.

Additionally, the Plan Our Park Committee recently signed a contract for professional urban park design and feasibility study services that includes a strong public engagement component. The purpose of the dialogue between the team, the city, and the community is to share information on the benefits of urban parks, learn design and amenity features important to the public, and identify needs and concerns to be addressed.

The design team, which is composed of eight local, regional, and national firms representing multiple disciplines, will hold two public meetings and design charrettes on Wednesday, July 31 in the Harrisonburg City Council Chambers (409 S. Main Street), one from 3:00-5:00 pm and another from 7:00-9:00 pm. A follow-up meeting will be held on the morning of Saturday, August 3 at 9:30 am to present initial findings and inform the public of the next steps in the park process. The Plan Our Park Committee and Workshop Design Team extend a special invitation to city officials, downtown business and property owners, and the general public to attend and provide input.

Design team representatives will be present for the public meetings and design charrettes, including project lead Ken Smith of the New York-based firm Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect. Also present will be Lionel Lynch of HR&A Advisors, who will assess the potential economic impact on surrounding properties and the city, as well as park design costs and revenue options. The team has a clear mandate to identify community priorities and desired design features, and to offer realistic recommendations based on available resources.

To learn more about the Plan Our Park project, check out the website and connect on Facebook.

For more information about the public meetings, please contact Matt Robertson of The Stratford Companies at (540) 421-7518 or mrobertson@thestratfordcompanies.com.

Nicole Martorana is the Editor of the Do Downtown blog and the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

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