The redevelopment will see an overhaul of all corners of the park, but first, the city will revamp the scenic overlook which includes demolition of the adjacent stone shelter, constructing the pavilion, and adding restrooms. This would also replace the need for the four shelters in the central part of the park.
“What we found was that the picnic area in the upper part of Harbin ― there are four shelters ― a majority of people renting those shelters were renting all four,” said Mays, for family reunions, for bigger private events. “The concept was to replace the four individual shelters with one big one.”
The pavilion will accommodate 100 people.
Renovating the scenic overlook will include more than the pavilion construction and restrooms, said Mays. It also includes regrading of the hill, most used for sled riding during the winter, and expanding the park’s bike and walking trail. The total price tag for Phase 1 is $1.4 million, and $700,000 came from the state capital budget.
Phase 1 should be completed by June 2022, Mays said.
In Phase 2 of the renovation, the area that incorporates the playground and four small shelters will be replaced with a play area and medium-sized shelters that could accommodate 50 people. Phase 2 is expected to be bid in 2022, and the city is expected to seek capital budget funding.
Phases 3 and 4 will include renovations of disc golf, lower shelters, improved restrooms, tennis courts, internal trail connection, new directional signs, and an upgraded park entrance.
The four-phase, four-year renovation project is expected to cost between $4.8 million to $5.2 million.