City dedicates gateway parkThe whirlwind, citizen-inspired design sessions held early last year have come to fruition at the city’s busiest intersection.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
The whirlwind, citizen-inspired design sessions held early last year have come to fruition at the city’s busiest intersection.
Now the city is hoping those citizens can join them one more time as they dedicate Center City Park to the community.
Bearing a gateway sign inspired by public comment, the park in Superior’s downtown is complete and a dedication is planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday.
In the event of rain, the festivities will move to the Superior Public Library, said Mary Morgan, parks and recreation administrator.
The project cost a little more than $300,000 to complete and expanded on the original park created for the city by the Superior Women’s Club.
In 1975, the women’s club created the park on the site of an old gas station, bringing fountains, art and greenery to downtown at a cost of $171,000. The group then turned the park over to the city.
Over the years, the fountains failed and the park lost its luster, but the art remains an element of the park adjacent to the library.
Members of the Superior Women’s Club admitted disappointment over the park’s maintenance over the years, but still contributed about $3,000 to the project because of interest in rehabilitating the park the women had created. The club emptied its treasury for the project when it disbanded last year.
The Superior Rotary donated an additional $2,800 to the project to purchase trees for the park.
The final touch was added last week when the gateway sign – sporting the city’s new logo an arched gateway was erected.