The Brookfield Area Growth Partnership/Industrial Development Authority office held its second meeting concerning the next step of the DREAM Initiative, the renovation and repair of Twin Parks in Brookfield.
As seen in the graphic above, there is an artist’s rendering of what Twin Parks could look like after it is updated and renovated.
The meetings were both well attended, bringing in over 15 local residents to form the committees needed to start the process.
The ideas discussed were all hypothetical in nature, and nothing has been set in stone. But what certainly stands apparent is that the renovation and repair of Twin Parks is the first major milestone in the DREAM Initiative.
The first meeting was held on November 16, 2012, when the basic agreed-upon ideas concerning the repair and renovation of the Parks were established. The second meeting, held last Friday, started to see some of the ideas take shape. The items that were agreed upon as basic ideas were as follows:
The Gazebo could be replaced with either a band shell, a pavilion, or another gazebo-type structure. The idea behind this is to allow people to use this new structure to hold outdoor concerts, plays, and other gatherings.
The design seen on the front page has actually been discussed to be tilted from the cross formation shown to more of an “x” formation. Also discussed was the addition of restrooms and possibly a kitchen of some type.
The renovation of the Oval began with the Civil War Statue rededication, in all actuality. A major hiccup for the proposed path between the Parks and intersecting at the Oval is that the road is actually Highway 11, and is governed by MoDoT.
A suggestion has been made, and generally agreed-upon, that the speed limit coming into the parks may need to be reduced. This would be done by the City Council, and would be done in an effort to persuade walkers and tourists to use the park.
Playground and Splash Fountain
One of the major facets of West Twin Park is the playground. The updating of the playground equipment is paramount, as the current equipment is not safe. The updating also looks to add a possible splash fountain to the amenities.
A part of the Parks that would be added could be a walking/running trail around and through the Parks. The idea of making a walking/running trail would be to allow Brookfield to take advantage of health-based grants to assist in the cost of the projects.
Page 2 of 2 - The Biggest Hurdle
The biggest hurdle to renovating Twin Parks, as with any undertaking, is the cost. How this will be accomplished is yet to be seen. Ideally, donations for the project will be able to be collected. Surely, fundraising will also take place. As more information on the project becomes available, we will present it here in the LCL.