Following Board and Commission input on initial concepts, the City received 100% design plans at the beginning of March 2023. A public meeting/open house to discuss the design plans occurred on September 25, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Berman Park Picnic Shelter.
Design: Complete winter 2023
Bids: Summer 2023
Start of Construction: Fall/Winter 2023
Completion: Spring/Summer 2024
About the Project
Berman Park is a linear park in the center of the City, running between Ellison Street in the northeast to South Spring Street in the south. The park connects commercial properties and residential areas (single-family and multi-family) and is part of the City’s network of green spaces.
In 2015, the City adopted the Parks for People Plan as the Park Element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which recognizes the important role green corridors, like Berman Park, play in providing safe pedestrian and bicycle transportation alternatives. A walking trail traverses the entire park;. However, the park is split by several street crossings, which lack adequate pedestrian facilities and signage. The goal of the project is to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists using this trail.
The Berman Park Trail Improvements Project will update four of the trail's street crossings, specifically at Ellison Street, Kent Street, Irving Street, and South Spring Street. The new crossings will include high visibility markings to highlight the trail crossings and narrowed street cross-section to shorten the pedestrian crossing distance. View 100% design plans (PDF).
The City has $600K in federal Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program funds available for the project.