City Park board weighing public’s ideas for undeveloped 250-acre plot

After a series of public meetings, City Park staffers are compiling the ideas they heard for a 250-acre plot formerly slated for a golf course so the park’s Board of Directors can make a decision about for the future of the green space. City Park’s board met Tuesday evening and heard updates on how the public responded to requests for land ideas. The board – which has final say on what will go on the land – now must incorporate their own ideas and figure out funding. Park staff held a public workshop earlier this month to gather ideas and input on undeveloped land bounded by Scout’s Island. The land, which encompasses Grow Dat Youth Farm and the Pan American Stadium, is surrounded by the island, I-610, Harrison and Wisner avenues. Originally planned as a golf course, the nearly 250-acres has contained a hodgepodge of uses; the park’s board is hoping to adapt the master plan so the land has a more purposeful attraction. Two public meetings were held over the last few weeks, but those workshops were meant to give park staff ideas rather than concrete plans.

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