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Proposed ideas for Ravine Lake, James River

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014

A boardwalk would be extended out over Ravine Lake for those making use of the trail in the recreation area. In the next photo, Riverside Park would have a peninsula so river water would be able to enter and leave the area. An historic plaza would be built so visitors can learn about the history of the park. And next, large, car-sized boulders placed in the James River, above and below the dam, would create rapids in the water. The master plan also proposes covering the Third Street bridge. ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF STOCKWELL ENGINEERS

HURON – Landscape architects from a Sioux Falls company hired to develop a master plan for recreation spaces along the James River in Huron will unveil their proposals at an open house Tuesday evening.

David Locke and Mike Patten of Stockwell Engineers will begin their presentation at 6:45 p.m. in the Pyle Room of the Huron Parks and Recreation office in the Campus Center.

The open house will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., giving the public time to view images of the plan up close, and to ask questions of Locke and Patten.

A similar presentation was given last Monday for the City Commission.

Stockwell Engineers was retained about eight months ago to develop the James River Recreation Master Plan.

Initially, Locke and Patten hosted a number of public meetings to solicit input, including sessions with middle school and high school students. Since any development along the river is for the benefit and enjoyment of people living in Huron and the area, the public input sessions were key to the entire process, they said.

The vision statement that the public sessions produced emphasized the need for a natural area that is safe to all, is well connected, offers multi-seasonal recreation and responds to the sensitivity, history and potential of the James River.

The “islands of the river” design theme creates an identity, actively engages the river, embraces flooding, has natural river ecosystems and connects people and spaces.

The scope of the project includes a number of areas along the river, including Crown Park, Memorial Park, Riverside Park, the old lagoons and the former municipal pool site.

Signage is being proposed that would unify all of the areas.

For the complete article see the 08-16-2014 issue.

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