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Switchyard Park Master Plan Revealed

City officials held the last public input meeting for the switchyard park Tuesday.

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Architect's rendering shows an aerial view of the proposed switchyard park.

Community officials are still mulling over final plans for Bloomington’s Switchyard Park. The roughly 60 acre site is off Grimes Road south of the B-Line Trail. 

There have been a number of public meetings this year to discuss the design of the park. Tuesday’s meeting was a final opportunity for people to offer input on the park plans.

Rundell Ernstberger Associates, principal and project leader Kevin Osburn says the final master plan and cost estimates will be finalized by mid-September.

“The challenges really have to do with the site itself, its unique configuration its size its scale, the environmental issues, and the flood issues,” Osburn says.

Parks and Recreation Director Mick Renneisen says the park will be a community asset and attraction for visitors, but it will come with a hefty price tag.

“The city has a budgeting process that we’re about to conclude for the 2013 budget, the general fund dollars that come in are reallocated based on priorities from the council, from the mayor and the community would be one of those funding sources,” he says.

Park amenities will include a dog park, splash pad, and basketball court. Renneisen estimates the project will take about 7-10 years to complete.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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