August 22, 2023
Today, Mayor James Mueller along with other city leadership celebrated the beginning of new improvements at LaSalle Park.
“In partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, the City completed the remediation of LaSalle Park earlier this year to ensure its continued safety into the future,” said Mayor James Mueller. “Following the City’s commitment to build the park back better, these improvements will create a more vibrant space for the community and neighbors.”
After receiving community input in 2021, Mayor Mueller committed funding to the project and worked with the Common Council and Redevelopment Commission to invest over $2.1M for this project.
The project features include:
- New paths that allow foot traffic to flow more naturally though the park while connecting to existing pedestrian routes and the surrounding neighborhood
- Roller skating loop with unique sloped features
- An additional pavilion and picnic area, adjacent to the main parking lot, to support large events and family gatherings
- A large outdoor restroom and picnic area that is centrally located and positioned to accommodate high use areas
- New shaded seating areas around the Charles Black Center patio and throughout the park
- 61 new trees throughout the park
- Remodeled basketball courts
Other improvements that are going to be made to the building include new wayfinding and signage, audio improvements in multiple rooms, and additional interactive art.
“We thank the mayor and redevelopment commission for securing additional funds to improve LaSalle Park,” said Venues Parks & Arts Interim Director, Jordan Gathers. “The outdoor upgrades complement the new signage and graphics at Charles Black Center, creating a welcoming environment for the community to gather and enjoy the outdoors.”
The work on the project began on August 21, with the goal for the project to be completed by the end of this year.