By Cesar Neyoy for Yuma Daily Sun
Closed two years ago, this city’s original public park would be restored as a community gathering site that could include a performing arts amphitheater, playground equipment and even an outdoor “urban gallery” for art displays, under a proposal due to be presented to the San Luis City Council this month.
The proposal by San Luis Parks and Recreation Director Louie Galaviz envisions an expenditure between $600- $800K on recreational and cultural amenities at Friendship Park, depending on how many of the improvements were to be approved by the council.
Known to many residents as “el Parque de la Amistad“, Friendship Park is located on federal land next to the Mexican border that was turned over to San Luis decades ago for use as its first park.
The city closed the park in 2014 to allow the state to complete a street improvement program downtown, and it has remained closed except for one day earlier this month.
Galaviz is expected to present his proposals for park improvements in detail in a master plan before the council this month.
Among other things, the plan calls for creating a water fountain, which would cost between $20-$50K, while the playground equipment would cost between $60-$150K and the amphitheater between $30-$60K.
The proposal also calls for an urban gallery. Other upgrades would include a remodeled pedestrian entrance to the park and bike racks for public use.
The plan also envisions converting an existing building and nearby ramadas into a visitors center and area for historical exhibits. Parking would also be expanded. A daily parking fee of $3 would be charged, with proceeds being used to cover park maintenance.
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