CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – The conceptual design for a future city park is being voted on.
On Wednesday evening, the Eau Claire Waterways and Parks Commission will vote on the design of Cannery Park, which plans to replace Kessler Park and be located along the west bank of the Chippewa River near Maple Street. and Oxford Avenue.
The project is estimated at $3.4 million and the design includes a basketball court, playground, skate plaza, boiler room and food truck promenade.
There are also plans for a “flex lawn” to hold events, a gathering shelter, river views, and fishing access.
Parks, Forestry and Cemetery Manager Steve Plaza said the design is the culmination of neighborhood meetings and online surveys that took place in the fall.
“We are very excited about our park and our design plan,” Plaza said. “Parks bring communities together. It’s a place to come together. It’s a place to learn for adults and children. It’s a place to communicate. It’s a place to exercise for keep your mind and body healthy.”
After the plan has been reviewed at the Wednesday evening meeting, the design will be presented to the Plan Commission on February 14.
At a future town council meeting, the land will also need to be rezoned from light industrial to public use.
If all goes according to plan, Plaza said they hope to begin construction this fall and complete the project in 2023.