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Input session held for Boyd Park Plus

Eau Claire (WQOW) – After raising over $10,000 in just a few short months, the Boyd Park Plus project is now working with a design firm to conceptualize the park’s new look.

“The idea is to take that design and use it as a presentation for when we’re going for grants and when we’re talking to local businesses that would like to partner with us to make this happen,” Chris Buske, subcommittee leader for Boyd Park Plus, said.

This means the project is no longer just an idea, but instead is on itts way toward construction.

Before that can happen, however, the Eastside Hill neighborhood has to decide on what new additions the park will need.

Some people said they want to have a space to keep the community active.

“I love soccer, that’s something I like to do and I know a few other people around here as well who love to do that,” Ezra VanDyke, a neighborhood resident, said. “So something that could be used like a soccer net or soccer field would be a really cool thing to have around here.”

Others said they’re hoping to enjoy the natural beauty that Eau Claire has to offer.

“Something I’m looking forward to is more views of that beautiful river we’ve got flowing here,” Tania Mathews, another resident, said. “Some overview decks and some benches over by the side.”

Safety and playground equipment were also at the top of people’s lists.

“I think something better for Boyd Park would be to have no wood chips on the ground, because I’ve seen a couple kids get splinters down there,” Ilana Buske, another resident, said. “I think it would work if they had one of those fluffy carpets like one of the ones at Carson Park.”

The Boyd Park Plus committee and the design firm are looking to have another input session on Sep. 19.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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