Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Holding McIntire Park Design Review

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You have a chance to provide some feedback on new design plans for the eastern portion of McIntire Park Thursday night. Charlottesville's Parks and Recreation is holding an open house to review drafts for the project.

The city has hired Mahan Rykiel to create a design and implement the goals of the master plan. Organizers say the outlines are about 90 percent complete, and this round of public comment will be important for making last minute changes.

The department posted draft plans for East McIntire Park online a couple days ago. City staff and the design team for the park will be on hand Thursday to review the drawings, answer questions, and gather input on the designs.

The designs show the proposed locations of bicycle and pedestrian access points, major and minor trails, buildings, parking areas, picnic shelters, a botanical garden area and other facilities throughout the park.

Charlottesville's Park and Trails Planner Chris Gensic said, “We had a large public conversation a couple years ago about the general use of the park and that's when it was decided that the golf course would close and this would become more of a central park type of area.”

Organizers hope to get a lot feedback on areas to tweak, so the consultants can then work on developing final blueprints within the next couple months. They would ideally present the documents to Charlottesville City Council early next year.

Thursday night's public meeting is set to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Carver Recreation Center. Click here for more information.

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