The civic park has been in the works for a couple years now.
An architectural rendering of how the City Park concert stage could fit on its location at Short and High streets. Photo provided by the City of Lawrenceburg.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A true community partnership has lifted the City of Lawrenceburg to the brink of something exciting and special in its downtown riverfront area.
A groundbreaking is set for May 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the site located on Short and High Streets, one block east of the Lawrenceburg Event Center.
City officials are hopeful a new city park featuring a stage for concerts, expansive green spaces, a splash pad designed for kids and families, and public restrooms will transform a pair of surface parking areas into a vibrant space for all to enjoy.
The design team for the project, MKSK, MSA, Maxwell Construction, and Strand Associates, Inc.® is trying to capture the flavor of Lawrenceburg in the overall look of the stage area. In fact, the facility is inspired by the City’s unique history. The stage area will be used for weddings, meetings, and events, including the successful “Music on the River” summer concert series on Thursday nights.
The Civic Park plan has been in the concept stage for a couple of years. Lawrenceburg Mayor Kelly Mollaun, now in his third year in office, said the partnership between City Council, the Redevelopment Commission, and members of a 20-person citizen involved Steering Team Committee has been essential in creating a project he believes the entire community will enjoy. Citizen involvement has been a key focal point to successfully moving the project to the design phase. “The process to get us to this point may have taken a little longer,” Mollaun said, “but the end result of acceptance and excitement from all involved, is worth the additional time to gather input.”
The Civic Park is the latest effort toward invigorating downtown Lawrenceburg, which has seen substantial recent growth. The City is confident the park project will successfully supply the momentum to promote additional development by providing a key anchor attraction.
City officials are focused on having the best of both worlds, a “small-town feel, but with amenities typically enjoyed by a much larger city,” Mollaun said. In addition to the park, the City is completing a fiber optics loop that will operate as a separate utility through Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities (LMU) and provide citizens and businesses an option to their current providers. Also, the City is planning to make this outdoor area as secure as possible by completing upgrades through an expansion of a multi camera city-wide security system.
“We are on the cutting edge when it comes to security and safety as well as technology,” Mollaun added. “For Lawrenceburg to create some of the amenities our residents and visitors hope to enjoy, we believe this park is instrumental as a catalyst to further develop and solidify us as a City on the Rise.”
City officials and project partners are projecting a 4th quarter completion.