Regatta Park work ready to go out for bid
|Expo Center being torn down in January. Photo by Bill Brothers|
Committee members were concerned about the size of the boat launch area, claiming it was smaller than the Master Plan documents. There is a road that separates the launch area from the big lawn. They were also concerned about the soccer fields, but it turns out that the soccer fields won't be in that area, but they will be the ones in Peacock Park, next to St. Stephen's. So those are scheduled to finally be open to the public.
The one large area at Regatta Park, which was thought to be a soccer field is actually an area where events will be held.
|The current state of the park. Photo by Bill Brothers|
If it seems as if the 12-acres site is at a standstill, it is. The Expo Center was demolished and the land was then determined to contain toxins - arsenic, chromium and benzopyrene - all known carcinogens - at levels above what county environmental regulators consider safe for human exposure. The ground water had been effected, too. That along with the rubble from the Expo Center has been removed and the plan to build the park is going out to bid in the next few weeks, and then construction should begin by the end of the year. The Regatta Park plan will go before the Waterfront Advisory Board on October 14, and comments and concerns can also be addressed at that meeting, which is at City Hall at 6:30 pm.
The next Waterfront Implementation Committee meeting is Wednesday, October 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at City Hall in the staff room.
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