City seeks public input about downtown park concept

The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 5, will review the initial concepts for a public gathering space planned in downtown Apache Junction.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and provide input on the concept designs. It will begin at 6 p.m. in the Apache Junction City Council Chambers, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

Apache Junction officials have long envisioned a gathering space in the heart of downtown where residents and visitors could gather for fun and entertainment, according to a press release. Without a public space in the core downtown, special events require road closures or permission from private property owners to utilize empty lots or parking areas.

Through a recent land exchange agreement, the city acquired, at no cost, an approximate 3.5-acre parcel on North Apache Trail. Two abandoned four-plex buildings on the site were demolished in February to prepare for its future use as a public gathering space, according to the release.

Past city planning documents suggest a vision for a place that can accommodate art shows, small festivals, live music and entertainment and food truck events as well as host other existing programs such as the annual downtown Holiday Event and Light Parade in December. Park development will require a phasing plan as not all funding has been secured to complete what will likely be proposed for the site.
Public feedback will be used to further develop the concepts before the final designs are taken to the city council later this fall.

For more information, call Nick Blake, the city’s parks superintendent, at 480-983-2181.

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