Still time to pick your park

By: 
Alexis Barker

Courtesy of Tallgrass Landscape Architecture

Matt Fridell of Tallgrass Landscape Architecture, the company steering the project through its early phases, had three preliminary concepts on display for those who attended the Newcastle Farmers’ Market on June 30. Pictured is concept C.

Alexis Barker

NLJ News Editor

 

A splash pad, concert venue and veterans memorial, oh my! 

All of these things and more may be a reality for Newcastle as the steering committee for Heritage Park develops a final concept for a proposed park at eastern gateway. The project is being undertaken through a partnership between Pinnacle Bank, the city of Newcastle, the Veterans Memorial Committee and other local organizations. 

“The park will be a community living room that will host activities such as markets, gatherings, concerts, children’s play and a veteran’s memorial while diversifying engagement opportunities for visitors,” according to the introduction for a survey being conducted by organizers. (see ad below for survey information.) “The intent is to represent an emerging identity as a vibrant and welcoming rural community while growing the capacity to do other projects that improve the character and functions of the town.” 

Matt Fridell of Tallgrass Landscape Architecture, the company steering the project through it’s early phases, had three preliminary concepts on display for those who attended the Newcastle Farmers Market on June 30. The designs featured various layouts for park  features under consideration, including a splash pad, covered gathering area, concert venue, veterans memorial and restrooms. A splash pad, also known as a spray pool, is a recreation area, usually in a public space, with little to no standing water. 

“The plans are draft ideas, and we’ll be meeting again with the steering committee in another week or so and we’ll start on a final concept,” Fridell said. “If people want to weigh in, they can definitely contact the steering committee members, a parks board member from the city council or city staff. Those folks will relay things to me, and people can contact me too.” 

The public can also provide input through the aforementioned survey, which will be live for a while longer. A link to the survey can be found on the right side of the home page of the News Letter Journal’s website (newslj.com), and the survey can be accessed by clicking on the link.

The survey is part of the feasibility study being conducted by Tallgrass Landscape Architecture on the development of Heritage Park. The study will also include an economic and needs analysis, potential employment opportunities, cost estimates for construction and a description of future maintenance costs, as well as any other pertinent information revealed along the way. 

“David Aadland from the University of Wyoming College of Business and Economic Analysis is working on the economic analysis with his team,” Fridell said. “Meanwhile, Tallgrass and Stateline No. 7 are working on the rest of the report and helping the committee understand the next steps for successfully funding this project as best we can.” 

Newcastle received $18,750 from the Wyoming Business Council to complete the feasibility study, as reported in a previous story. 

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