NORFOLK, Neb. — One of the oldest parks in Norfolk has gotten attention from local and national groups over the past year.
Johnson Park, just north of Norfolk Avenue on First Street, was a priority redesign project for the American Society of Landscape Architects. Members donated their services for two concept plans that were unveiled at a subcommittee meeting of the Norfolk City Council on Wednesday morning.
“This is a great neighborhood and a park with great historical significance. It’s close to where Norfolk started and in the ’40s was home to a beautiful flower garden. We want to make it again a park the community can be proud of,” City Councilman Josh Moenning said.
Both of the plans presented include a multi-use trail that would be built through the north section of the park. Both also include adding a 22-stall parking lot at the north end of the park off of Prospect Avenue, two new picnic pavilions and an amphitheater constructed near the existing basin in the park.
The committee decided to begin work on a grant application to the National Trails Council and to pursue partners who would like to help with funding of the park improvements.
“The restoration of Johnson Park has great community development potential. It could someday be a destination for people who not only live in Norfolk but who are visiting and want to walk on a trail, have a picnic in an area and enjoy a park that’s historically important to Norfolk,” Moenning said.