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Residents in the neighborhoods surrounding Harold and Iowa Streets have spent the last several months watching a new park develop. In October, the new park, shelter and bike area opened to rave reviews from the community.
Earlier this week the park was officially named Raven Ridge by the Park Foundation and City Council. This 5.2 acre park features a one-quarter mile, ten-foot wide concrete path which surrounds the park land. A nine-car concrete parking lot is accessed from Harold Street and is located on the northwestern portion of the site. Drainage from the parking lot and site is centered on a river rock channel which is lined with ‘Morning Light’ ornamental grasses and separates the shelter area from the playground.
Directly south of the parking lot are two regulation sized horseshoe pits with a picnic shelter which can accommodate approximately 24-30 people. A large concrete pad is located south of the picnic shelter for group activities and gatherings as well as bike storage. Recycling trash receptacles are near the shelter as well as a large grill for barbequing. A large nature-inspired playground area features rock formations with embedded fossils for kids exploring, a turbo slide, pod climbers, track ride, log balance beam, mushroom climbers, log crawl tunnel, and other play features. Three log benches surround the playground. To carry the nature-inspired theme throughout the park, large boulders have been placed along the ten foot wide concrete trail so the experience becomes a walk through nature. Plant materials were selected to be “allergy” reduced; a suggestion made by a patron who attended the neighborhood meeting in the fall. A dedication is planned for spring 2013.