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Page last updated on February 19, 2024 at 8:32 pm

This page provides an overview of current projects happening at parks, trails, and facilities. Projects will be organized by location with current details below.

B-Line Trail

  • 2/19/24 -Parks and Recreation is coordinating with the City of Bloomington Utilities Department to make
    B-Line Trail detour around Farmers' Market Plaza closure February 2024
    B-Line Trail detour around Farmers' Market Plaza closure February 2024
    repairs to the Farmers' Market Plaza at City Hall following a mid-January water main break. The overnight break displaced pavers and subgrade throughout the area. Traffic on the B-Line Trail will be detoured west to the sidewalk along Rogers Street for about two weeks while repairs are completed. The repair work, authorized as an emergency repair, will be officially presented for ratification to the Board of Park Commissioners at their Feb. 27, 2024 meeting.
  • 1/22/24 - A water main break underneath Showers Plaza has caused damage to the pavers. The B-Line width in this area (just south of 8th St.) will be restricted until repairs are completed.

    Bryan Park

    • 2/19/24 -Parks and Recreation is using $360,000 of 2023 American Rescue Plan Act funds to replace the Bryan Park juvenile (intended for children ages 5 to 12 years) playground in spring 2024. Installed in 1999, the current playground is one of the oldest playgrounds in the city park system. Demolition of the existing program begins in March; the new playground is scheduled to open in May.
    • 12/13/23 - The Board of Park Commissioners at their Dec. 12, 2023 meeting, approved a contract with Snider Recreation, Inc. of North Royalton, Ohio for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment and poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing at the Bryan Park 5- to 12-year-old playground.
      • This project will replace the current 24-year-old playground located just off Henderson Street at the south end of Bryan Park.
      • Parks and Recreation conducted an online public playground survey in February 2023 to learn from community members the types of play equipment desired in the new playground. A total of 402 surveys were received. An in-person and virtual public meeting was held March 2 to receive additional community input and feedback for this project, and share the results of the community survey.
      • The results of the survey provided staff with a means to prioritize specific playground features to be included in the design. A Request for Proposals was issued and seven companies responded with playground designs. Staff representatives evaluated the submissions and selected the playground from Snider Recreation.
      • The total amount for this contract is $179,256, which is for the installation of equipment and the materials/installation for the rubberized surfacing. The Department will purchase the play equipment from Snider Recreation separately through a cooperative purchase agreement for a total of $180,514. The entire project will total $359,770. Installation is scheduled to begin in 2024.

    Building Trades Park

    • 12/11/23 - Kelsey Behl and Jeff Mader of Mader Design, a Beech Grove, Ind. based landscape architect firm, presented the second iteration of design concepts for the Building Trades Park Master Plan during a public input meeting on Dec. 7, 2023.

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    Griffy Lake Loop Trail and Accessible Fishing Pier Project

    • 1/1/24 - The new south shore trails and the dam trail crossing projects at Griffy Lake are complete. Permanent trail signage will be installed this spring. While parking at the dam and accessing trails is now an option, users are asked to consider the freeze-thaw cycle and trail conditions before using the new trails, as complete soil compaction will take a number of months and areas of the trail can get muddy.

    RCA Community Park

    • 2/19/24 - Contractor Cassady Electric will begin replacing the overhead lighting at the pickleball courts as early as February. The lighting was defunct for several years, and will be replaced with energy-efficient LEDs.
    • 2/7/24 - Bloomington Parks and Recreation is undertaking three different projects in spring 2024. Each project is designed to enhance amenities at the park, and to improve the visitor experience.
      • The Board of Park Commissioners at their December 2023 regular meeting approved a contract with Cassady Electrical Contractors to replace existing, nonoperational court lights with 12 LED floodlight fixtures (17,000 lumens each) on the light poles surrounding the tennis and pickleball courts at RCA Community Park. A timer switch, accessible to court users, will allow pickleball and tennis players to turn the lights on when the courts are being used. The lights will be operational during park hours, between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m., and are configured to automatically turn off at 10:30 p.m. Installation of the court lights is scheduled to begin as early as mid-February, weather permitting.
      • The large picnic shelter located in the wooded area west of the parking lot at RCA Community Park was demolished in January 2023.
        RCA Community Park proposed picnic shelter location, Feb. 2024
        Location of the new RCA Community Park picnic shelter, in square orange box labeled "43' x 55' shelter pad." The blue line between the restroom building and the picnic shelter indicates the location of the accessible walkway.
        Plans call for the construction of a new picnic shelter in the grass field west of the restroom building. The shelter is 37’ x 42’, to be constructed from a kit by Parks and Recreation staff on a 43’ x 55’ concrete pad. An accessible concrete walkway will be added between the restroom building and the new picnic shelter. Construction of the picnic shelter is scheduled to begin in spring 2024, weather permitting. Once the shelter is complete, it will be reservable on a first-come, first-served basis.
      • A series of nine new interpretive signs were added to the Early History Trail and the Interpretive Trail at RCA Community Park in December 2023. These signs share captivating information about the history of RCA Community Park, and about the natural features including plants and animals that can be found within the park. The Early History Trail is paved for accessibility while the Interpretive Trail is all natural surface. For more information about amenities at RCA Community Park, download Parks and Recreation’s free mobile app, OuterSpatial, available for Apple and Android devices.

    Switchyard Park

    • 2/19/24 - New overhead lighting will be installed at the Switchyard Park basketball courts beginning as early as February. This installation is the result of citizen and City Council requests, and was funded through the city's budget reversion process in 2023.

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