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Bloomington's Switchyard Park To Be Substantially Complete By November

Construction at Switchyard Park in Bloomington

Park amenities will include a playground, community gardens, a splash pad, an outdoor stage and a skatepark. (Alex Eady, WTIU/WFIU News)

Plans are on schedule for the debut of Bloomington’s Switchyard Park in fall 2019. The multi-use park extending from West Grimes Lane along South Rogers Street will cover nearly 60 acres of land.

City officials, including Mayor John Hamilton say they look forward to the benefit the park will have on the surrounding community. 

“When you put a big park in a city, you create a lot of change around it. You typically create a lot of interest and value from the people who are near it,” Hamilton says.

Plans for the park include a 11,000 square foot pavilion, an outdoor performance stage, community gardens and a dog park.

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Bird's eye rendering of Bloomington's Switchyard Park looking southeast. (Courtsey: Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department) 

A number of community stakeholders contributed to the planning process, including Bloomington’s Police Department who will use the park’s former railroad maintenance office as a new police substation.

The city has worked with local contractor, Weddle Brothers LLC to head the $25.8 million dollar construction project which kicked off in May of last year. 

Hsiung Marler is the city’s Parks and Recreation Switchyard Park General Manager. He says keeping surrounding areas open and accessible during construction is a main priority.

"There’s been a few street closures, but there’s been a lot of effort to make sure there’s as little disruption to the community as possible," he says.

A pavilion under construction at Switchyard Park
Switchyard Park will surround connection points to the B-Line trail, which is currently open during the construction period. (Alex Eady, WTIU/WFIU News)

Although the city looks forward to a ribbon cutting in November, the park will still be under finishing construction.

Final completion, including sessional plantings, is slated for May 2020.

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