Residents shared their ideas and concerns about the city of Woodstock’s planned 101-acre park along Little River near Trickum Road with representatives of the city and the project’s consultants at an initial public workshop Thursday.
Little River Park, designed by GreenbergFarrow, will be between River Oaks subdivision to the north and Woodview Court to the south near Little River Elementary School. Suggested uses for the property include walking and jogging trails, disc golf and a playground. Some residents also wanted to make use of Little River running through the park and a pond on the property, with canoe and kayak launch points and fishing.
Marilyn Paulo, a resident of the area, said she would rather see a park open than residential development.
“I’m just thrilled it’s not houses,” Paulo said. “It’s going to be green, a place where kids can play.”
Proposals for the park include three types of trails: a concrete multi-use trail, boardwalk over wetland parts of the park and nature trails, which the city plans to connect to the existing trail system. The property will also include onsite parking.
If the project stays on schedule, a more complete plan will be reviewed by the city council in July, said Liz Cole, a landscape architect at GreenbergFarrow.
The park presents the first opportunity the city has had to build a public park in decades. The last park to open in the city was Dupree Park. The city is projected to begin construction for the park this summer.
Part of the reason the park is designed for passive recreation is the topography — the site’s uneven land is incompatible with amenities such as tennis courts and fields for other sports, according to city officials.
Eugene Kachele, a leader of a local Sea Scouts ship who lives close to the property, said he wants to see a traffic light installed at the entrance on Trickum Road.
“Our concern is that traffic light. I’ve been hit twice. It’s a dangerous turn. We like the park; we just want it to be safe,” he said.
The city and GreenbergFarrow will hold another public workshop 5-7:30 p.m. March 19 in the City Annex Building 12453 Highway 92, Suite 105 in Woodstock.