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Thursday: Final Planning Meeting for Grand Avenue Linear Park

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, February 02, 2010, at 05:39PM
Grand Avenue Linear Park Concepts Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning

A pair of planning options for a proposed Grand Avenue Linear Park show new plantings and pedestrian amenities that would replace 20 feet of asphalt.

Downtowners get a final chance to weigh in on design for a linear park proposed to go on Grand Avenue this week, then the project gets shipped off to the state to compete for funding. Designs for the space, which would run from 9th to Olympic in South Park, show greenery, new trees, seating areas and other amenities.

The project is one of several Downtown that will be entering to receive money through the state's Proposition 84 parks funding program. Projects are eligible to receive up to $5 million.

The Grand Avenue project is made possible by the block's unusual width, almost 30 feet greater than the roadway either north or south of it. The proposed park would take 20 feet on the east side of the street, next to the Federal Reserve.

A sidewalk extension is proposed for the west side of Grand Avenue as well, but would be contingent on finding other funding. The same is the case for a proposed mid-block crossing that would connect Grand Hope Park to the new space.

Thursday's meeting will take place at the Public Works building, 1149 S. Broadway, in room SB6. It is scheduled to run from 6 - 8:30pm.


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