Noblesville to unveil West Gateway Park design

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A birdseye view, which has not been released to the public before now, shows the layout of the proposed West Gateway Park with downtown Noblesville in the top right corner. The complete layout will be unveiled at a public meeting March 12. (Rendering submitted)

A birdseye view, which has not been released to the public before now, shows the layout of the proposed West Gateway Park with downtown Noblesville in the top right corner. The complete layout will be unveiled at a public meeting March 12. (Rendering submitted)

In August the City of Noblesville announced its plans to purchase 6.4 acres between Ind. 19 and Logan and Conner streets. At 7 p.m. March 12, the city will host a public meeting to unveil the design and master plan for West Gateway Park.

Hendricks

Hendricks

The public meeting will be held at Noblesville City Hall, 16 S. 10th St., on the second floor in conference rooms A213 and A214. The format will consist of a presentation starting at 7 p.m. given by city personnel and the project consultant and will then be followed by a question-and-answer session.

“It is a well rounded community park for the size of the space it is. There’s something for everyone and can be utilized year-round,” said Deputy Mayor Mike Hendricks, who is overseeing the project.

Ideas for the park were first unveiled on Nov. 1 at the First Friday Soup Cook-off event.

“The layout was developed after we sat down and met with different groups giving input,” Hendricks said. “The architects came up with the layout. We’re trying to get as many enhancements in the park.”

Hendricks said the city now has to look at potential costs of the various aspects of the park, which include an amphitheater, splash park, trails, public event space, shelters, a parking area and storyboard walls. The project includes a pedestrian friendly walkway from the park to downtown and Ind. 19 enhancements with landscaping.

“The focal points are all in your perspective,” Hendricks said of the amenities.

The city plans to break ground next year and will be completed in phases.

“We were hoping back in November to get a ground breaking in 2014, but with timing and permits it just wasn’t going to happen in 2014. There’s always a possibility to an earth-moving later this year,” Hendricks said.

West Gateway Park will be just west of the White River in the area bordered by Ind. 19 to the west; Nixon Street to the east, Conner Street/Ind. 32 to the south; and Logan Street to the north.


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