Circus Square Update

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"We don't want just a park, we want a centerpiece for our downtown re-development so that as you go from Fountain Square to the beautiful Riverfront Park, there will be this little jewel that will precipitate development around it," says Bowling Green mayor Elaine Walker.

Earlier this week, Mayor Walker and the City Commission approved Rundell Ernstberger Associates as the contractors for the project.

According to the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, Ernstberger has done work on several parks as well as the public square in Detroit, Michigan.

The Authority says it has heard nothing but stellar remarks from its past clients, which Bowling Green believes is a ringing endorsement for the company's ability.

"They have a lot of experience in creating these parks especially parks that are public squares, kind of a place the public really wants to go to, that's king of considered an outdoor living room for people," notes Authority member C.J. Johanson.

Although the final plans aren't complete, Circus Square will have lots of attracions to draw in the community....and residents from surrounding areas.

Johanson says, "A bowling green, some sort of water feature, a place for larger concerts...Larger than concerts in the park and a place that can accomodate bigger crowds."

Mayor Walker notes in addition to the amphitheater, a plaza where arts shows or farmers' markets could be housed.

Once groundbreaking takes place, the project would take about four months to complete.

Johanson says the city is still in the process of purchasing the final three parcells of land needed to complete the square.

He says the city hopes to break ground on the project in the spring.


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