Live outdoor music, an arboretum and a dog park — all downtown. On Tuesday, reporters received a sneak peak of the 11-acre expansion to Riverfront Park.
In the place where a city thermal plant used to burn trash for energy, there is now an amphitheater that is applying for LEED Gold Certification, the second highest level of environmentally friendly construction.
The amphitheater is just one part of the new park that Mayor Karl Dean says will be a hot local commodity once it is finished.
“I think this project hasn’t gotten as much attention,” he says. “There have been other things going on in the city, but I think when people come here and start using the park and going to concerts, they’re going to fall in love with it.”
Next in the plans is a mile-long walking promenade that stretches from Riverfront to Capitol Hill.
The entire park will open to the public Aug. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.