The new ballpark is expected to bring in a lot more foot traffic Downtown, especially as people walk to and from different parking lots around the area to get to the stadium.The City is trying to make Downtown more pedestrian friendly, and make sure people can move from one place to another without having to drive.
The City Planning Commission approved a proposal at their meeting today to widen sidewalks and narrow streets around where the stadium will be. The Commission says widening the sidewalks make them safer for pedestrians. Since the Commission approved the proposal, it must now be introduced to City Council at their next meeting. Council will then discuss this plan at the December 18th meeting. Local residents are encouraged to attend and participate.
The City says it is still putting together the designs for the ballpark and does not have a project timeline for the street changes, or an idea for how much the changes will cost. They say the most important part of the process for now is getting these changes approved by the Council.