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$2M Makeover Will Create Mesa ‘Micro Parks’

The parks are just one phase of an $11-plus million Southern Avenue streetscape project designed to support what Mesa hopes will be a revival of the Fiesta area. Rendering credit: City of Mesa

By Maria Polletta for The Arizona Republic

Five largely overlooked patches of Fiesta District land will get a $2.2M makeover this year after Mesa officials gave the go-ahead to convert them into “micro parks.”

The city envisions the pocket-sized parks as “pedestrian refuge areas” along Southern Avenue, with seating, landscaping, shade and bike racks.

Construction is set to begin in March and last about six months.

The parks are just one phase of an $11M+ Southern Avenue streetscape project designed to support what Mesa hopes will be a revival of the Fiesta area, which has deteriorated in a struggling retail economy. The city wants to encourage pedestrian activity and connect the district’s residential areas to assets.

The first phase of the project involved narrowing Southern to two lanes in each direction between Sycamore and Alma School Road, to allow for wider sidewalks and landscaping. The city also added benches, more lighting and traffic signals, bike racks and colored paving.

Read more at The Arizona Republic