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Civic Park Work Well Underway

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, August 27, 2010, at 01:42PM
Civic Park Work Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Excavation work is underway on the former parking lot across Spring Street from City Hall.

One month after groundbreaking, work on the Civic Park's $56-million renovation is well underway.

Project staff last week told the Grand Avenue Authority that the process was currently centered around removing features of the existing park that will be returned and starting demolition on those that will not.

Approximately 100 tress will be removed, maintained off-site, and then brought back for re-installation in the completed park. Others will be maintained on-site, fenced off from the work going on around them. The park's monuments and statues are also being removed and stored for re-installation.

Excavation work has also begun on the former surface parking between Broadway and Spring Street, where the park will be extended to meet City Hall.

Most importantly, though, access to the park's Starbucks has been preserved for county and court workers during construction. From the Hall of Administration, workers must walk through the underground parking garage to access escalators to ground level.

The park is planned for completion in June of 2012, though phases may open earlier.


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