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Peoria Sets Site for $30M Community Park

Peoria officials cut the ribbon at the opening of Pioneer Park in Sept. 2013. The city has selected a site for its next community park. Photo credit: Carolyn Dryer/Peoria Times

By Carolyn Dryer for Peoria Times

Design and construction for the first phase of a community park in North Peoria is estimated to cost $30M, and it has already been funded in the city’s Capital Improvement Program for FY 2017-2018.

That being settled, a Oct. 20 council study session came to a consensus about a park site. And the good news is, it will come at a surprisingly low price.

When city council adopted the Community Service Master Plan, a community park in northern Peoria was targeted as a high priority. There were specifics included in that priority: lighted ball fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, open turf areas, a dog park, and other associated amenities.

Once phase one is completed, plans call for a recreation center.

In its analysis, the park’s design consultant, 12 Design, looked at three sites. One is owned by the Bureau of Land Management. The second site is owned by Property Reserve Arizona LLC.

The third site is the largest at 457 acres. It is owned by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County and is behind the New River Dam in the impoundment area east of Lake Pleasant Parkway, south of Loop 303.

Efforts are already underway, as the city works with FCDMC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with conceptual design and mitigate any impacts to the existing New River levee and dam areas.

During discussions Tuesday, it was clear city staff leaned toward the third site. They were given the go-ahead to proceed with its acquisition.

Mayor Cathy Carlat said, “This has been such a long time coming. But, it’s worth the wait. To find this spot, it will be the most beautiful park in our city and all cities around.”

Public meetings are scheduled to begin in early 2016, when residents will be asked to make suggestions about park amenities.

Read more at Peoria Times

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