Norfolk eyes the future of Johnson Park

NORFOLK, Neb. -- Norfolk did its best to envision its future on Tuesday.

The city held a town hall on Tuesday with an eye on what Johnson Park may look like in a few years.

A plan to improve Johnson Park was finalized in 2018, but the construction of the project is set to start at the end of 2021 or the start of 2022. The town hall provided an opportunity for citizens to see never before looked at renders of what the completed park may look like. The town hall also allowed for any questions or concerns to be addressed with city officials. Steven Rames, the Norfolk Public Works Director, said many people were excited about the park's new features and looked forward to using them in the near future.

Some of the improvements planned for the park are:

- Interactive White-Water Park

- Splash Pad

- New Playground

- Fountain Improvements

- Amphitheater

- Better Restrooms

The project has been broken into three parts; the three parts being the river, transportation, and Johnson Park itself. The river will be the first to receive improvements with construction planned for late 2021 or early 2022. The river portion of the project will include the construction of the White-Water Park. The transportation section will provide safer traffic flow and better roads to enter the park. A roundabout will be added to Braasch Avenue and 1st Street and the 1st Street bridge will be replaced. Finally the improvements on Johnson Park itself will install new sidewalks, trails, playgrounds, and splash pad. Bidding for the transportation plan and the park plan will begin this year in 2021. 

All project dates are subject to change.