The Founder’s Park design was created in house by Parks staff, and construction documents were completed by Steger Bizzell. The project will bid in February 2017 with construction scheduled to begin after the 2017 Red Poppy Festival. The Founder’s Park project is being completed in cooperation with Public Works and is part of a larger CIP Downtown Sidewalk project.
An initial Public Open House was held May 4, 2016, and input from that meeting was used to develop a design for the park. As a result of that meeting, an online survey was also developed for additional public input. The revised design was presented at a second public meeting July 28, 2016, requesting input and approval of the final design. Improvements to the park include improved accessibility, picnic tables, water fountain and public art.