Special to SEGAZINE
Community leaders and business owners with an interest in the future of Brunswick’s Mary Ross Waterfront Park met Tuesday to start talking about a new plan for the city-owned site.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources awarded Brunswick a grant Oct. 1 to study the park’s potential. The study will analyze the site’s structural integrity, ability to host events and accessibility to the downtown.
The DNR will contribute $17,500 to the almost $44,000 study, the city will contribute $17,500 in cash and $8,914 in in-kind services.
During the next year, the city will hire a consulting firm to study the park and its dock to determine what some possibilities could be. The study will likely continue through September 2014.
The city so far has heard ideas to construct restaurants, if the dock is strong enough to hold them, or a kayak launch site at the park, City Planner Arne Glaeser said. But the city doesn’t want to discount any other ideas, he said, so for the next few weeks people will be able to submit ideas for revamping the park’s image and offerings.
“We presume something will be built at the park. We want to make sure it’s sustainable,” Glaeser said. “At a minimum, we will have a conceptual design for the park. All of this will be looked at. We’re certainly not going to discount any ideas.”
City Commissioner Julie Martin said she would like to see the park have space for permanent and temporary uses. An existing farmer’s market could operate three days a week, she suggested, and the park could have the occasional food truck visit.