A Note from the Chair of the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board
West End Park (1048 W. Broad Street, map) is officially open with a significant transformation. The product of a decade of planning and community discussion, the new West End park is a signature component of the City's increasingly connected network of parks. While not the largest of our parks, it might be the most visible. With additional amenities and a new entrance on Broad Street, this transformed park is attractive to residents and visitors alike.
The park combines many features important to our community. The expansion added arbor-like qualities with places for quiet reflection as well as additional walking trails. Including skateboard features while ensuring other uses for that section of the park was the product of many robust discussions with the community.
Parks of course have value simply as places for recreation and quiet reflection. They also provide important environmental enhancements, such as improved air and water quality. And, from every study I've seen, they make communities more liveable, while making them more attractive places to do business. The more accessible park with improved amenities, combined with an attractive, easily-visible sign saying, in effect, "Here We Are: Stop In for a Visit" makes this corner of the City much more attractive.
The long effort to bring this project from vision to reality is a testament to the hard work of the City's talented staff, but also a reflection of the constructive input from countless residents and the steadfast support of our elected officials.
You're going to like the new West End Park.
Increase park visibility by adding a Broad Street entrance, tie two separate park parcels into one; improve ADA accessible, add skate park features, new pathways. Click here for the project proposal.
Construction began in the fall of 2014 and it due to be completed in the spring of 2015. Click here for a timeline of the project progress since 1982.
Contract was signed Fall 2014. Construction notice to proceed has been given and construction is underway.