Sneak a peek at plans for downtown Noblesville park

March 13, 2014
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Planners unveiled conceptual designs for a riverfront park in downtown Noblesville on Wednesday, offering the public a glimpse of what’s on the drawing board.

noblesvbille park pavilion newAn outdoor amphitheater—dubbed Noblesville Pavilion in the renderings—is the centerpiece of the park, slated for about 7 acres of flood-prone land between State Road 32 and Logan Street west of the White River.

noblesvbille park closerJust as crucial: a pedestrian bridge connecting the park to the bustling courthouse square just past the opposite bank.

City leaders hope to unite the two halves of downtown and spur interest in activity in its so-called Westside Gateway planned-development district.

“We’re removing the river out as a barrier—that’s a really big piece,” said Parks Director Brandon Bennett.

As shown in the drawings, the amphitheater backs up to SR 32 just west of State Road 19 (which would get a tree-lined median to break up the asphalt and slow down traffic). The bridge would stretch from the east side of highway to the Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center.

Noblesville’s summer farmers market could set up shop in event space planned for the southwest edge of the park property. As planned, trees would screen a pair of shelters framing the corner of 32 and Nixon Street, and the plaza would double as a splash pad—and maybe an ice skating rink, come winter.

noblesvbille park pavilionPublic restrooms and a small parking lot also are in the works.

With the basic concept done, attention now turns to the details. How quickly the park develops depends in large part on specifics like which building materials will be used—and what they cost.

So, what do you think of the drawings?

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  • Sea of Asphalt
    Hilarious how their new "Jewel of Noblesville" is literally surrounded by a sea of Asphalt. That first rendering is ridiculous.
  • Issues & Reduncancies
    The "Farmers Market could relocate" but then there would be insufficient parking. AT least the current location provides that. The Splash Park is a wet dream - it duplicates facilities currently in place 1/2 mile north in Forest Park. And the pedestrian bridge connecting the the "bustling downtown" that only "bustles" from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays. who is going to use the park during those times if it is disconnected from the restaurants by several blocks?
    • asphalt park
      I thought it looked cool at first until I realized that the asphalt wasn't water. It looked like a cool island...but now its just boring looking with all that asphalt.
    • It bustles more than that
      You obviously aren't from Noblesville. The square is very busy on weekends, especially in spring, summer, and fall.
    • Awesome!
      The park looks great and will be an incredible addition to the downtown area. My family already makes a trip to Noblesville downtown every weekend for the farmer's market, restaurants, shopping and to walk Forest Park. This will be a great addition and will mean we will be spending more time downtown. We cannot wait!
    • Flood plain?
      Noblesville really needs to wake up and stop filling in flood plains. We're removing the river out as a barrier? I am not so sure I would enjoy the "peaceful" park or amphitheater for all of the traffic. Noise? What next, reroute traffic? So you want to add to all of the conjestion? It amazes me how we have to provide parks and entertainment with close parking. Pick a better spot.
    • More bustle
      One only needs to look to this last weekend to see problems arise. The traffic in downtown was near a standstill at 6pm when the NFD was called on a run west of town. ne of the fire trucks was held up at 9th & Conner due to traffic & pedestrian congestion during the street concert. Now imagine extending that out past the river extending to Riverview Hospital. I pray for anyone whose home is on fire, or worse yet; is in the back of an ambulance, fighting for their life; trying to get to get to Riverview.....

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