Columbia City Council got a look Tuesday at the first draft design concept for the Finlay Park redesign.
Design suggestions for the park, whose use and maintenance have declined in recent years, include:
• Installing the “Busted Plug” sculpture and water feature near the Taylor Street park entrance, across the street from the Lincoln Street tunnel. It would not be intended as a play feature, which has been suggested, but as a strictly visual public art feature.
• Constructing a three-story building, about 6,100-square-feet per floor, which could be used for a restaurant, community center, restrooms and storage.
• Constructing a bridge across the pond to improve connectivity of the park.
• Rebuilding the fountain and waterfall cascades to meet current standards.
• Relocating the band stage so that sound will be projected off the hill. The hill can be used as a seating area and the performance backdrop will be the pond.
• Removing pine trees along Laurel Street to open up visibility of the park.
• Reducing the number and height of terraces, where people tend to hang out in hidden pockets, which will make the area feel more secure.
• Increasing the number of ADA accessible pathways.
• Keeping and improving the great lawn.
A final proposed design, along with an estimated budget request, is likely to be presented to council in January or February.