LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Ideas are starting to roll in about how the city can convert a golf course prone to flooding into something the entire community could use.
"Good first step to seeing who is out there with the qualifications that might help us run that public process and really have the knowledge and skills to tell us what is possible from those ideas," Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said.
Roswarski, along with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, opened potential project ideas from seven land-use firms. Each firm submitted ideas for the former site of the Lafayette Golf Course.
Wabash River Enhancement Corporation Executive Director Stanton Lambert said the area has limited use.
"It is within the 100-year floodplain and is in an active flood zone, so as far as physical facility development that's not something that is realistic and could be done in this area," Lambert said.
Because the area is in a floodplain, firms submitting ideas had to meet certain requirements.
"To create recreational opportunities, but also has a very low maintenance cost, is good for the environment and creates that natural habitat area," Roswarski said.
"Not just any firm can successfully plan and complete a project in and along a river," Lambert said. "That's very important that they have experience working in and along a river front area."
The project is still in its early stages, but Lambert said the community will play a role in what happens to the area.
"Tie into the local social and cultural fabric of your community, so to do that successfully we'll need the input of the community in this project," Lambert said.
City leaders will be reviewing the ideas submitted by the seven firms. After that they may take site visits to see past work from firms presenting ideas.
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