St. Cloud plans $1.7 million rehaul of Downtown Centennial Park

St. Cloud city leaders plan to bring more activity downtown by transforming Centennial Park into a hub of activity.

Community Redevelopment Specialist Eileen Kelly said the city council is resurrecting its Community Redevelopment Agency after a 6-month hiatus. The council has earmarked $1.7 million of CRA dollars in 2016 for the park renovation. The Oct. 1 meeting will be the agency's first since March, and Kelly's first ever. She was hired in April. 

The park, located at the corner of 10th Street and Pennsylvania Ave., was dedicated in 2009 to mark the city's 100th birthday. But it offers few amenities - a sparse lawn, some park benches and a single shaded picnic table. 

Kelly told GrowthSpotter the revamped park would be modeled after Winter Garden's highly successful downtown park, which includes an open-air pavilion and splash pad. "We have a splash pad at our lakefront park, but we don't have anything like that downtown," Kelly said. "In Winter Garden, they have farmers' markets on the weekends. There's a lot of activity."

The parking lot will likely be redesigned as well. The plan is still in the early stages, and design ideas will be solicited after the fiscal year starts Oct. 1, Kelly said. 

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