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Bloomington Residents Give Suggestions For Switchyard Park

Ideas for improving the Switchyard Park range from creating an open field to putting in a dog park or a small scale train.

Residents gathered in Bloomington’s city hall for one of several opportunities to give their suggestions on what should be included in the Switchyard Park, located on the south side of Bloomington. 

Ideas for improving the Switchyard Park range from creating an open field to putting in a dog park or a small scale train.

Kevin Osburn’s firm Rundell Ernstberger Associates is creating the park’s master plan.

“The master plan will define a vision for the park,” he says. “When funding is available, then the next stage is design and construction documents and then, construction.”

Osburn says they will continue to take public input on the park, and plan to meet next month with property and business owners. Once the master plan is complete the city must fund and build the park amenities.

Bloomington resident Mitch Rice says he would like to see more access for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as more more green spaces.

“In the summer, it gets extremely hot, so I’d like to see more trees,” he says.

The switchyard was once a heavily industrial area, so Osburn says environmental remediation must be completed before the park can open. But, he says, most of will simply involve layering several inches of clean dirt over the contaminated soil.

The public can provide input until the master plan is complete. The plan will be presented to the Bloomington City Council this fall.

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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