MARCO ISLAND — While the community has been involved in the committee’s plans for Veterans’ Community Park over the last several months, a meeting set specifically to gain more public input will take place Thursday for residents to sound off on what they like and what they don’t like in three plan options for the park.
Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Milk and Bill Waddill, a hired consultant from Kimley-Horn and Associates, will present the three plan alternatives the committee has worked to create.
All plans have a few elements in common, including the rerouting of Elkcam Circle to Park Avenue in order to make the 6.8-acre park, which is bisected by Elkcam Circle, more continuous.
Waddill recently presented City Council with the three design plans. At the Jan. 20 workshop with Council, Waddill said public input regarding the committee’s design elements have been mixed.
“Some elements everyone seemed to like. Some of them, people are not so crazy about,” Waddill said.
All three plans also include a performing arts center and ampitheater and the location of these two elements differ slightly from one plan to the next.
The three designs have been named “The Piazza,” “In the Round” and “The Lake.”
The Piazza features a large plaza in the center. Waddill said the idea was for the city to “encourage a restaurant and shops” be built between the park and the Esplanade to connect all areas in what would become the Town Centre.
“In the Round” is a design plan that includes a large circular lawn in the center with the most central performing arts center of the three plans.
The plan called “The Lake” would make the veterans’ memorial aspect of the park central by digging a one-acre lake with a veterans island in the middle of the lake.
City Manager Steve Thompson included an update on Veterans’ Community Park in a recent Weekly Update. Irrigation, topsoil, sod, electric service, a new split rail fence and some landscaping are currently in the works for the park, according to Thompson’s release.
A temporary parking lot was installed as a donation by Island contractors to accommodate Christmas Island Style events and the asphalt will be reused for a permanent lot in the future.
View the three design plans on the left of this story.
The public is invited to weigh-in on the plans for Veterans’ Community Park at a meeting 6 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room, downstairs from the police department, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.