A decade after closing for Waller Creek tunnel repairs, Waterloo Park, which as soon as stretched alongside the shadows of state-owned parking garages, has morphed into the renovated and rebranded Waterloo Greenway, poised to reopen in August.
The as soon as no-frills park, residence to many iconic group occasions over the a long time, will function a brand new Moody Amphitheater, a small efficiency area referred to as Lebermann Plaza, and a meals truck and tree-deck space. All of those areas are designated for alcohol gross sales.
Parks and Recreation Board members had been handled to a tour of the positioning previous to the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy coming earlier than the board Might 25 to request approval of a conditional use allow for alcohol gross sales at particular occasions. The board gave its advice (with one “no” vote and one abstention) and the request now goes to the Planning Fee for approval.
The 11-acre greenway between twelfth and fifteenth streets is a part of a linked chain of parks designed to show Waller Creek right into a downtown vacation spot for residents and vacationers. Waterloo Greenway Conservancy has partnered with Dwell Nation/C3 Presents for reserving reside music occasions on the amphitheater.
For probably the most half, parks board members recommended the conservancy for the work invested within the revamped park undertaking, though Board Member Laura Cottam Sajbel had sturdy reservations about serving alcohol at one of many designated websites adjoining to a youngsters’s space of the park. She forged the lone nay vote on these grounds. Kate Mason-Murphy abstained for a similar causes.
Members additionally expressed concern about how the brand new state legislation permitting folks to hold a gun with out a allow will have an effect on occasions on the park. Whereas at present solely permitted weapons are allowed at metropolis parks, PARD Director Kimberly McNeeley mentioned the town’s Legislation Division is reviewing the affect the brand new legislation would have on parks and particular occasions at Waterloo Greenway and different public areas.
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