One of our own local treasures is about to become a whole new place to enjoy. A complete revamp of John Meade Park and Alan Hutto Memorial Commons (adjacent to the City Village Center on Meade Lane) is getting underway soon – with construction planned to begin this summer.
The CHLP couldn’t be more excited about the plans for the park – as they thoughtfully incorporate its natural wetlands and offer many new ways for visitors to enjoy them.
Overall, the park’s new design is based on feedback from local residents, gathered through three years of community meetings and surveys. The Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission and City Staff worked intensively with the consultant, Mundus Bishop, to ensure the new park is as enjoyable as it is functional.
Key features Include:
• A central picnic shelter with seating and restrooms – as well as water fountains and a wash station to rinse hands, feet, or paws. Solar paneling on the roof will also help offset energy costs.
• The central playground will include natural play features like logs and boulders, plus large hammocks for kids and families to relax in. A “shaky-bridge” will lead to an observation tower that overlooks the beauty of the park’s wetlands.
• The wetlands themselves will be graded and replanted with a diverse group of plants – creating an even healthier habitat for animals and improving the natural water quality.
• A boardwalk will bring park users out into the wetlands – with a net allowing kids to climb out and look down into the water.
• Fishing piers at each pond will give better access to anglers of all ages. We already see them every day during nice weather and hope the new piers bring even more families out!
• Across Meade Lane, Alan Hutto Memorial Commons will still feature a lasso-shaped path, with a small amphitheater created by a gently terraced grass area. It will be surrounded by trees and taller grasses to set a defined space.
To check out more sketches and a fly-through video of the plans, click here!