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15,000 Person Event Venue One Concept For Switchyard Park

Other concepts for the park include a dog park, a splash pad, basketball courts, bocce ball courts, wooded walking trails, and community gardens.

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The city of Bloomington hopes to make the Switchyard Park Property into a gathering place for Bloomington residents. Plans for the old McDoel switchyard include open spaces for concerts and festivals, food truck spaces, and walking trails.

Space for a 15,000 person event venue could be in the works for Bloomington’s Switchyard Park.

Officials from Bloomington Parks Department and engineers from Rundell Ernstberger Associates presented two initial concepts for the south side park to a few dozen residents Thursday night in Bloomington’s City Hall.

Bloomington resident Sarah Rytervand is pleased the city looking to the community for input on how the park will look.

“As part of the Bloomington Community Orchard, I’m excited that indeed they’re even considering putting edibles into this park. That would be really exciting” she says. “The huge performance space, the huge shelter space, sounds fabulous.”

Other concepts for the park include a dog park, a splash pad, basketball courts, bocce ball courts, wooded walking trails, and community gardens.

Both plans presented show basketball courts and community gardens at the north end of the park near Grimes Lane, and a dog park near the south end by Country Club Drive.

A more formalized plan for the park will be presented to the city council for debate this fall.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Director Mick Renneisen says there is no word yet on costs, or a timetable for construction.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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