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Bloomington Approves Funds For New Park

The city of Bloomington plans to develop land between Grimes Lane and Country Club Dr. into a park.

The city of Bloomington is investing in a project to develop 57 acres of vacant land into one of the area’s largest parks. The Bloomington Parks Board authorized a $475,000 contract Tuesday to develop the now vacant switchyard property off of the B-line trail.

Bloomington Parks Director Mick Reneissen says the Parks Board will start with environmental assessments to see how the land can be used most safely and sustainably.

“After that you have to decide what’s feasible,”  he says. ” Of all the ideas that have come out of this master planning process, what are the ones that make the most sense, and then what phases can we develop them in. What does it make sense to do 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so forth.”

Reneissen says the public will be able to comment in a number of venues as the master plan is being developed. Community feedback will also help determine how the property will be repurposed.

“We think we’ll have some people interested in some natural elements, maybe repositioning the creek or re-vegetating the area in some form,” Reneissen says. “We would also expect to see some active uses besides the trail, maybe some fields of some type, playfields, and I wouldn’t predict what sports that might come out of, it might be a lot of different things.”

Reneissen says the project may take up to three years to complete.

Click on the image below to view a larger version of the map.

map of McDoel Switchyard development plan

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