As Cleveland Park approaches its 100th birthday, city leaders are asking the public about what they want to want to see there in the future. For the past few months, local landscape architecture and urban design firm MKSK has been doing a technical analysis of the park for the beginning of a Master Plan.
Tuesday night, they heard from dozens of people at an open house. City leaders want the Master Plan to be a long-term road map for the park’s development so that when the community does decide to add something new, like a trail or a tennis court, the city can make those investments within the context of a long-term plan.
Cleveland Park has served the Greenville community since 1928. Now, city leaders want to equip it to serve a changing population.
“We really needed to engage with them on what they like to do in the park, how they use the park, things they expect in the park,” said Mari Steinbach, who is the parks and recreation director for the City of Greenville.
Consultants are hoping to have most of a master plan for the park completed by the end of the year. They’ve met with people from surrounding neighborhoods and performed technical analyses of the waterway, infrastructure, and trails. Tuesday night, they asked the public for their input at an open house.
A big issue is the roadways that run through the park.
“I think it’s a good conversation to have,” said Greenville resident Blake Nickles. “I don’t know what the answer is, but I think it would be great if we had more parking somewhere, at least adjacent to the park and reduce the amount of cars that were driving through the park when there’s lots of kids running around.”
Others told 7 News they would like to see better landscaping. Another concern is flooding.
“We’re looking at some potential structural changes to the river that would ease the effect of that flooding on the riverbanks, so we’re starting to analyze that,” said MKSK principal Darren Meyer. “And [we’re] also looking at where trails and improvements are relative to the frequency of flooding.”
Officials have not yet said what changes could come to the park or how much the project might cost because the Master Plan is still in the early stages.
According to Meyer, once the bulk of the Master Plan is complete, it will go through a process with the community and City Council to determine the most important projects.