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December 12, 2012

Legacy Park plans progress

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NORMAN —

Added alternates for the city council to consider include stage railing along the pond, stage floor light fixtures, decorative light fixtures on the entry, and cascading water features. Other alternates included added walking trail landscape plantings and sod, walking trail sidewalks, and trail benches, lighting and trash receptacles.

It’s the additional walking trail and amenities that caused some discussion and dissension among council members Tuesday night. The additional third of a mile would be around the existing detention pond adjacent to the park and next to Kohl’s. The pond is a stormwater collector for the development and currently is dry. Some landscaping has been provided by Kohl’s but city staff have proposed additional landscaping, a sidewalk trail, benches and lighting to expand the walkable area for the public.

The sidewalks would be an improvement to private property, Council member Tom Kovach said.

But the sidewalks are well within the city’s right of way and will not be problematic, city attorney Jeff Bryant said.

Kovach said the park has walking trails.

Other Council members said providing trails and lighting invites people to traverse that area, but others said the additional landscaping would turn the current eyesore into a beautiful area and provide overflow for people attending large events at the park.

The public safety issue of additional lighting was briefly discussed. Some council members don’t believe the investment in the lighting and extra trails are warranted, but others say people will spill over into that adjacent area and lighting and trails will help keep it beautiful and safe.

Asked whether they would consider input from the public on the subject of the walking trails, council members said there has already been a lot of public input on Legacy Park and more public input is not needed.

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