LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Crowds are expected at Columbian Park when improvements are completed this year. And officials want to make sure those people have places to park and even use the restroom.
The City of Lafayette is paying Fisher Engineering more than $38,000 to design a new parking lot at the former Osco building, as well as new crosswalks and sidewalks from the parking lot to the new Loeb Stadium.
Construction on pedestrian routes begins this spring with the parking lot following this fall.
Lafayette City Engineer Jeromy Grenard says the lot will be temporarily paved ahead of the upcoming baseball seasons.
"With the new stadium, we think we're gonna have hopefully bigger crowds than in the past ... We've added slides to the Tropicanoe Cove, we've improved the zoo, so there's going to be quite a draw for parking," Grenard says.
Meanwhile, work continues on Memorial Island and the lagoon at Columbian Park.
As part of improvemnts on that side of the park, the city will demolish the former Jenks Rest building and replace it with a bathroom facility.
The city is paying more than $23,000 to Keystone Architecture to oversee the project, which will be completed in late 2021.
Lafayette Parks Department Superintendent Claudine Laufman says more restrooms are needed on the east side of the park.
"We have 15 shelters in that area, we're certainly making a lot of improvements to Memorial Island and there's a new stage, there's going to be a lot of activity, and so certainly we need to have restroom facilities in that area to meet the needs," she says.